Corporate-Brand Soaps​​​


Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate

Sodium Salt – surfactant; a cleansing agent

Stearic Acid

Natural occurring fatty acid – may be of animal origin or plant based (not specified here); can be harsh and irritating – surfactant, cleansing agent, stabilizer

Lauric Acid

Natural occurring fatty acid, common in coconut oil – surfactant, cleansing agent, emulsifier

Sodium Tallowate or Sodium Palmitate

Rendered beef fat – may cause eczema and blackheads – surfactant, cleansing agent, foam booster or sodium of palmitic acid, found in olive oils, coconut oils, or body fats – cleansing, emulsifying, viscosity controlling

Water Aqua

Sodium Isethionate

Organic Salt – antistatic, cleansing, hair conditioning, skin conditioning

Sodium Stearate

A natural occurring fatty acid – surfactant, cleansing Agent, emulsifying, viscosity controlling

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

A synthetic surfactant – associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis – antistatic, hair & skin conditioning agent, cleansing, foam booster, viscosity increasing.

Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate

Sodium Salt of fatty acids from coconut oil – cleansing and emulsifying sodium salt of the acids derived from palm kernel oil surfactant – cleansing, emulsifying, viscosity increasing.

Dipropylene Glycol

Synthetic Solvent – associated with irritation of skin, eyes or lungs – solvent, viscosity decreasing

Sodium Chloride

inorganic salt (table salt) – viscosity increasing

Tetrasodium Etidronate

Diphosphonic Acid Derivative – chelating agent, stabilizing, viscosity controlling

Tetrasodium EDTA

Chelating Agent associated with organ system toxicity and enhanced skin absorption


Naturally occurring organic compound – scent of cotton candy and caramel so used to impart a sweet aroma; masking, tonic

Titanium Dioxide

Inorganic compound (white); colorant, sunscreen agent opacifying agent; ultraviolet light absorber- reduces lather and moisturizing​​

The definitions and explanations for the ingredients were taken from the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website. No interpretations or judgements were added.

To help with reading the ingredients, here are the definitions of three that occur throughout:


SURFACTANT is a compound that lowers the surface tension between two liquids or between a liquid and a solid so that they can be better blended.

VISCOSITY is a measure of a liquids resistance to flow. Honey is very viscous, water is not.

CHELATING is removing chlorine, chemicals, metals and other mineral deposits from your hair or skin.​

It is also remarkable that nowhere on the package is this “bar” labeled as a soap. And there is an easy answer for it: It is not a soap. It is a detergent and, therefore, cannot be called or marketed as a “soap”. A soap is specifically defined as fatty acids which are neutralized by an alkali such as lye.

 Farm-Made Goat's Milk soap


Fresh Goat’s Milk

natural, high in alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid, breaks down dead skin cells and leaves behind new skin cells – cream is moisturizing, full of vitamins – contributes to the creamy and conditioning qualities of the soap

Grade A Olive Oil 

contributes to conditioning qualities of the soap

Coconut Oil 

contributes to cleansing and bubbly qualities of the soap

Organic, Sustainable Palm Oil

contributes to hardness and creaminess of the soap

Purified Water

Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)

highly caustic and reactive inorganic base which combines with the oils through a chemical process and so changes into soap and glycerin. After the 24 hour saponification process, no lye remains in the soap. All real soap is made with lye.

Essential or Fragrance Oils

aromatic oil produced from a plant

A fragrance oil is an artificial chemical aroma carrier.


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