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Oh So (non) Natural!

Joli NSC

06 May 2015

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Oh So (non) Natural!

JOLI use to retail hand made castile soaps, however, due to low/slow sales, the soap line was discontinued – even though they were a beautiful natural olive oil soaps (and GREAT for cleaning!)  I still source natural soaps to use for myself and my family and have found some wonderful natural soap manufacturers.


Not so long ago I purchased a ‘natural‘ goats milk soap from a ‘soy product’ store on one of those online market places, where many retailers list their products and you can purchase from multiple people on the one site.  This particular site was for hand made products.  Hand made right!  I thought it must mean they haven’t added any nasties and would be good for people and the environment.


Imagine my shock when the soaps arrived and they contain:
water, propylene glycol, sodium stearate, vegetable glycerine, sucrose, sodium laurate, sorbitol, sodium laureth sulphate, sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium chloride, stearic acid, lauric acid, pentasodium pentetate, goat milk, titanium dioxide, tetrasodium etidronate.


Propylene Glycol! Sodium Laureth Suphate! Sodium Lauryl Sulphate!


These are ingredients I like to avoid and to find them in what I assumed was a natural hand made soap, I felt jibbed.  I’m not sure if the person writing the label is familiar with labeling laws and knows they’re meant to list ingredients in order of most to least.  Lets assume they know and have done that; that means propylene glycol is the second highest ingredient in the product and goats milk is somewhere at the bottom.  Not good!  Though I like to think the seller doesn’t know the laws and has listed the ingredients in any order – there is no way to be sure.


Either way it’s not a product I’ll purchase again nor a company I’ll purchase from again.  I don’t like being tricked into thinking a product is natural or good for me with words like ‘handmade’, ‘natural’ or ‘goats milk’, only to find out it’s not.


How about you?  Have you had a similar experience?

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