88 Responses to “Time to Play: What’s in YOUR Soap?”


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  1. John Williams

    What is proven about commercial tallowates to be negative just because the cattle may have been injected with antibiotics and so forth? Do these animal drugs find their way into commercial tallowates? What is the refining process for animal tallow? I would like to know more before I can justify $3.25 for a bar of Dr. Bronners. In any case, there are “white label” brands such as Dr. Organics that are far cheaper than Dr. Bronners and equally as pure and effective.

  2. David

    I am vegetarian but seriously the bar soaps are that are tallow-free are far too expensive! Who but the upper middle class professional with a great job can afford $3 a bar soaps? What we need is a good mass produced vegie/vegan soap that’s affordable.

  3. Carol Cameo

    I had used dove for years but it became WAY TOO PRICEY so i went back to the OLD bar soap Jergens …which is a mild soap gentle enough for a baby. But of course if U are a vegetarian AND the thought of soap containing animal products scares u then u might have to stick to some other soap……and BTW i used Kirks Castile soap and it burned and tingled my skin so bad i stopped using it.

    • Cass

      Yeah, because it’s too alkaline. People simply do not understand they are victims of the cosmetic industry “green washing” them.
      If honey were a good face cleanser, they would not have invented BAR SOAP thousands of years ago. Today’s Sydnet bars are far better for your skin and heads up…who gives a sweet fiddlers fuck if the tallow came from a grass fed cow?
      You don’t need to eat your facial cleanser. That’s the most ridiculous notion of all.
      Women are just stupid.

  4. Julie

    People…we don’t put garbage in our body, why put it on your body?

  5. I just discovered the EWG website and this makes me very glad I make my own laundry detergent. I am with you concerning the production of these inexpensive bath bars containing all the mystery ingredients. I’m wondering about health and sanitation regarding the collection of the animal fats in question too. Sure it’s on a super gigantic scale so I dare not think of all this fat being processed! Anyway bottom line, I’m trying to find a new bar soap to use to replace Zote and Fels Naptha in my laundry detergent . I’ve thought of using Zum,Toms, or the round soaps thatare that come in bulk without packaging, these can be purchased at Whole Foods or Natural Grocers. I’m willing to pay a little more to protect the health of my family. Also Kirks Castile is another option. I’m going to continue my research in the meantime.

  6. Zee Bee

    Its this kind of mongering and misinformation that is frustrating ! Syndet bars like Dove are not soaps made of lye !They contain mild surfactants like isethionate,…this makes them milder than traditional soaps.
    Tallow is a fat just like palm oil is ,once saponified it changes completely leaving behind no ‘animalness’.once animals are slaughtered for food purposes its a by product used for years !oils like coconut,palm olive require resources like land,water!How sustainable is that ?
    The idea should be to use what’s easily available locally ,preferably cheap so prices can be kept down !That is lesser carbon footprint too !
    Being environmentally savvy,organic etc doesn’t mean hauling of resources from third world countries and waste feul !

  7. Jessica

    I think you’re missing the point. Buying soap like Dove and Ivory supports animal cruelty if the tallow comes from confined and mistreated animals. Sure, the animal is dead and I’m all for not wasting what can be used, but if demand continues to be high for products that come from these abused animals, then they’ll continue to be abused for the supply.

    I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for nearly everything (shower soap, face wash, shampoo, laundry detergent, general purpose cleaner…). I dilute it a lot and a $15 bottle can go a LONG way.

  8. I’m all for using the whole animal! There’s nothing wrong with tallow based bar soap if it comes from humanely raised animals and doesn’t contain a lot of other synthetic junk. Unfortunately, that can be hard to find, especially in your cheap commercial soaps. Enter A Wild Soap Bar. They’re made with 100% certified organic vegetable oils and only safe, natural ingredients. Yep, they’re expensive, but that’s because they’re handmade in the USA with high quality ingredients by skilled artisans who earn a living wage. You get what you pay for. Nuff said.

    • Cass

      Yeah…I’ve had that nasty organic bar crap. Do you understand pH? Because that soap is as alkaline as Dishsoap. There are clean labs in the world that FORMULATE products that are safe, and if they are not, they fix the fucking problem. Hipsters are stupid. I’m getting that on a tshirt. Enjoy your acne, losers

  9. Cass

    I a, so tired of this crunchy movement and the greenwashing bullshit. There is NOTHING wrong with dove soap. You have all been baited and reeled in by the Greenwash of the beauty industry.

  10. apple

    i feel slightly awake to the fact that my dove soap isnt as wonderful as i thought it was all these years. today just being curious about what was in my bar of soap, im surprised. I would rather have more natural ingredients in my bar of soap. Thanks for the information.

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