There are many benefits of using a natural body wash, at Peace With The Wild we supply all of our natural body wash in plastic free, eco friendly packaging to help reduce waste! Body washes in various forms have been around since the 1800s, centuries after the invention of the humble soap bar. In 1865, a chap called William Shepphard patented the formula behind liquid soap but it didn’t really take off until the end of the century.
Unfortunately, since then shower gel and body wash became more and more filled with chemicals and less and less about actually taking good care of your skin. Harsh detergents and foaming agents like sodium laureth sulfate were used to strip dirt off the skin but sadly they removed a lot of the good oils as well. Furthermore, these ingredients could end up causing rashes, irritation and dryness- not what you want! These surfactants made from synthetic ingredients or palm oil make the skin feel squeaky clean but are not good for you, or the environment. These ingredients can make up as much as 50% of the finished product as well as water, thickeners, and artificial fragrances.
Chemicals found in commercial body washes often remove moisture from our skin and we end up absorbing and inhaling the less than wonderful ingredients. Over time these can build up and cause a number of issues including allergies, rashes, dematits, and patchy skin. These synthetics are much cheaper than natural, vegan, eco alternatives but that is about the only benefit they have.
Eco friendly, vegan, cruelty free, natural body wash contains natural ingredients that are there because they are beneficial to us and our skin. They also help to maintain a healthy PH balance and to moisturise and protect our delicate skin. By using natural and vegan ingredients it also means we are not at risk of absorbing anything nasty into our bodies, including things like pesticides and manmade chemicals. Instead, using natural botanicals, natural essential oils, sea salt, vegan extracts of various plants, and other wondrous things, we can ensure that we remain healthy inside and out.
The majority of these commercial products come packaged in single use plastic bottles that are harmful to make and harmful to dispose of. The solution is simple- either switch to natural solid soap or get your hands on a gorgeous eco, vegan, cruelty free, natural body wash that we have tried, tested, loved, and stocked!