What’s Really In Your Soap?

What’s Really In Your Soap?

Ever wonder what’s really in your soap? To be honest, most of us never really do. 

But it turns out some of the soaps you may have been using your whole life from brands that you love could actually be filled with chemicals that are hurting your skin. This is what lead to the H2H promise: all natural, all the time.

Here we share a couple of insights on these chemicals to hopefully inspire others to look a little deeper into the ingredients soaking into their skin…


DEA - Diethanolamine

Although DEA is an organic compound, don’t be fooled, this isn’t the kind of organic you’re looking for. DEA is a foaming chemical, often referred to as a “wetting” agent, and is most commonly found in shampoos and body washes to increase lather. Turns out the reaction of DEA with other chemicals can create strong carcinogen compounds that absorb into the skin and can lead to cancer of major organs. Outside of your shampoo, DEA is also used in brake fluid, degreasers, and antifreeze- looks like you and your car might have more in common than you thought?


Here’s one you might have heard of, but do you know exactly what they are yet? Parabens are the most commonly used preservative in HBA products, keeping them from deteriorating or infusing with bacteria. Sounds good, right? Actually, just as they serve as a “barrier to entry” for bacteria on your soap, they do the same thing when they soak into your skin and flush through your system. Because parabens can be absorbed through your pores, work through your metabolism, and be flushed out, they run through your entire body and have been linked to leaving a carcinogen filled trail through your system.

SLS - Sodium Lauryl

SLS is another foaming agent, and widely used given how cheap it is to get your hands on. However, foam dries up when exposed to oxygen for too long- with SLS, your skin is no different. If you have noticed your face cream is drying out your skin, or your shampoo is giving you an itchy scalp, you might want to check for SLS. Because of the detergent based composition of SLS, it breaks down the cell membranes of your skin, which causes them to dry out as they’re literally being “washed out.” This has been linked to skin cancer, ulcers, and cavities (check your mouth wash)!

PEGS - Polyethylene Glycol

If you do a quick Google search on this one, you might find something alarming. PEGS have been classified as a carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that dehydrates your skin’s natural moisture and increases susceptibility to bacteria. So it works great in oven cleaners and degreasers, but unless your skin is an appliance, you probably shouldn’t be using this chemical in the bathroom.

So now that you’re freaked out and frantically checking your skin for symptoms (exit out of Web MD before you self diagnose yourself into a panic), I have some good news: Health 2 Humanity’s Bars of Hope are 100% natural, chemical free, and actually nurture your skin. Check out our ingredients page to learn how give your skin a little more love.

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