Almost 25 years ago I walked around my high school campus encouraging my fellow classmates to sign my PETA petition to stop cosmetic animal testing. I'm amazed (and disappointed) at the long list of companies that still engage in this inhumane process. Take a look at this list of companies that STILL perform cosmetic testing on animals from PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies Program:
Most commercial mainstream body soaps and cleansers (and commercial body care products in general) make idealistic claims of making you feel good and smell good. But they always remind me of many pharmaceuticals on the market today; the side-effects are worse than the “alleviated” condition. Even some products claiming to be “natural” contain these ingredients (I can’t begin to tell you how angry that makes me)!
Commercial body soaps and cleansers usually contain one or more of the following toxic ingredients:
This list is but a sampling of the toxic ingredients that often go into commercial body care products such as soaps and cleansers. When you make your own body care products, not only do you know exactly what goes into them and have the flexibility to customize them to your preference, they are often healthier, better for the environment and less expensive in the long run.
Natural homemade body soaps and cleansers are amazing ways to gently purify the body before ending the day or energizing you for in preparation for a fresh and new day. You can customize them based on your skin sensitivity and the aromatic and textural experience you wish to have. And homemade natural soaps and cleansers are healthier for you because they do not contain toxic ingredients.
Click Here to download Make Your Own Natural Castile Bar Soap recipe from the upcoming book "Vegan Body Care Recipes".
Tiffani Sharp is the owner and founder of Mama Willow Tree. She is also a licensed attorney practicing international law and the proud mama of her daughter Willow. For over 20 years she has been an advocate for healthy and humane living, and strives to make it accessible for everyone in every community.