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  • August 24, 2018 4 min read

    Our skin absorbs 64% of what we put on it. Yup, you read that right: 64%. Do you know what ingredients your skin is absorbing from your soap? When you choose SLAB handcrafted soap, you know exactly what you’re getting: good for you ingredients like sustainably-sourced palm, coconut, and olive oils, and rich butter. If you’re not like the hundreds of folks who lather up with SLAB Soap daily, your skin may be soaking up some less-than-ideal ingredients you can’t even pronounce.

    Your Soap Could Be Harming Your Health

    If you’ve been thinking twice about what’s going on and under your skin, then you’ve come to the right place. Harmful ingredients in soaps include triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), although there are many additional ingredients you should be wary of putting on your body.

    Triclosan is an antimicrobial ingredient found in many soaps that can cause hormonal changes resulting in reproductive and development issues as well as an increased sensitivity to allergens.

    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are known for creating those pleasurable bubbles you see when using soap products. Unfortunately, SLS and SLES are also known to be harmful eye and skin irritants. Canker sores, dandruff, skin dermatitis, and many other skin issues may be due to the use of products containing SLS or SLES.

    It really does matter what you’re using on your skin, which is why SLAB handcrafted soaps are all chalk full of good for you ingredients. From sustainably-sourced palm oil, coconut oil, and olive oil, as well as rich butter like avocado butter, each handcrafted soap is bound to help you uncover your healthiest skin yet!

    The Alternatives: Good For You Ingredients 

    Pals with Palm Oil

    Palm oil has been used for over 5,000 years, and its numerous skin benefits make it a key ingredient in our products. Not only is palm oil’s richness of vitamin E unparalleled, it also acts as an antioxidant and has anti-aging properties. Palm oil is great for removing dirt and oil from your skin, and even gently restores the natural oils to your skin and hair.

    What’s more, all of our palm oil is 100% certified sustainable and is never heated to the high temperatures that can lead to carcinogens.

    Cuckoo for Coconuts 

    Coconut oil is an exceptional moisturizer. Additional anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties make coconut oil the perfect moisturizing oil for many skin types, especially those with skin irritation and wrinkles. Those who struggle with acne can also benefit from coconut oil’s antibacterial nature. 

    This super oil is also great for insect bites and stings, and it even increases collagen to help wounds heal faster. It’s ideal for those with eczema and dermatitis, and it even has some sunscreen benefits (although not enough to skip your daily slather).

    Coconut oil also works miracles on many hair types. It reduces protein loss in both damaged and healthy hair, and the oil penetrates the hair shaft in a way that most other fats cannot. This is why we use it in our Pine Tar Shampoo Soap.

    There’s really not much that coconut oil can’t do, which is why we here at SLAB Soap are cuckoo for coconut oil!

    You can find coconut oil in more than just our Pine Tar Shampoo Soap and Coconut Soap. Because coconut oil has so many skin benefits, it’s a key ingredient in each and every one of our soaps from our Activated Charcoal Soap to our Vanilla Soap.

    Coconut oil is even safe (and healthy) to eat! Can you say the same thing about the ingredients in your soap?

    Extend an Olive Branch to Olive Oil

    An antioxidant, olive oil fights against free radicals that can damage cells and contribute to cancer. Olive oil’s antioxidants also help to circumvent premature aging. This healthful moisturizer is full of anti-aging omega-3s and loaded with healthy-skin vitamins like Vitamin K. Olive oil is essential for softer, fuller, well-nourished skin. It also fights bacteria and makes a great makeup remover!

    Lucky for you, olive oil is another main ingredient in more than just our deliciously scented Olive Blossom Soap. Let nourishing olive oil moisturize you from head to toe by lathering up with any one of our handcrafted soaps.

    Let Our Handcrafted Soaps Butter You Up

    While we pride ourselves on our healthful oils, they’re not the only ingredients in our handcrafted soaps deserving of a spotlight. We also use rich butter like avocado butter, which has abundant skin benefits all on its own.

    In fact, avocado butter:

    • provides relief from premature aging and wrinkles
    • reduces discoloration and dark marks
    • moisturizes skin (and is good enough to eat!)
    • relieves dehydrated skin and soothes sensitive skin

    Paired up with our oils, the improvement in your skin will be almost unbelievable.

    You can reap the benefits of avocado butter in both our Avocado Butter Soap and our Activated Charcoal Soap (and try a sample here!)

    Oils that are Essentially...Well, Essential!

    There’s a reason essential oils are called essential: our essential oils can calm whatever ails you. We use over 30 different essential oils in our soaps. From the well-known lavender essential oil, tea tree oil, and chamomile essential oil to the lesser-known but still effective essential oils like ylang ylang essential oil and geranium essential oil, you can discover exactly what your skin (and your sense of smell!) needs in our handcrafted soaps.

    More than just ensuring we’re using the highest quality essential oils, we also make the very oils we use in our soaps available for purchase.


    When you choose to nourish your skin with SLAB handcrafted soap, you’ll feel better knowing you’re no longer putting harsh and irritating ingredients on your body’s largest and fastest-growing organ. Your skin is your body’s shield. It protects you, so return the favor and protect it back by using only good for you ingredients. When you do, you’ll notice how much better and healthier your skin feels, looks, and smells, all due to the natural ingredients and scents of SLAB Soaps

    Don’t miss out on the opportunity to improve your skin ever again! Sign up for our SLAB Soap Club and get fresh soap delivered right to your door each month with free shipping.

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