The Dirt on Commercial Bar Soaps (& How to Clean Up!)

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The Dirt on Commercial Bar Soaps (& How to Clean Up!)

Benefits of using natural hand made soaps

Take a look at the ingredient list on the bar of soap in your bathroom.   If you have a commercial soap… you will likely find a mile-long list of ingredients that seems to require a PhD in chemistry to understand.   Shockingly, some of the most popular commercial bar soaps contain ingredients like triclosan or parabens that may have serious impacts on your health and your family’s health.[1] [2]   


In fact, the product you are using may not be soap at all.   Since the 1930s, commercial soap manufacturers have found clever ways to disguise manufactured compounds and cleaning agents by using names like “body bar.”[3]   Chances are if the word “soap” doesn’t appear on the product in your home – it’s likely a synthetic detergent in bar form.


What about the antibacterial soaps?   The FDA has found that antibacterial soaps using chemical antibacterial compounds are no more effective at preventing illness than traditional soap and water.   Additionally, laboratory studies cited by the FDA have highlighted concerns that the regular use of compounds like triclosan may contribute to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. [4]


If you’re like us, you’re thinking “Great… Thanks for freaking me out about bar soap.”   We wouldn’t leave you hanging like that.  It is possible to get clean and smell great with products made from ingredients found in nature.

We are excited to announce the launch of our own line of handmade soaps this Spring!  Bear Natural soaps are poured, cut, and packaged right here in the USA.   The 5 ounce bars are minimally processed and use natural ingredients including olive oil, organic shea butter, and sunflower oil.   

Bear Naturals has a variety of scents including Cherry & Almond, White Tea & Ginger, and Sandalwood to name a few. We are also releasing a few bars that have detox and clarifying properties; Bear Natural’s Dirty Soap contains activated charcoal and dead sea salt while Detox Soap contains natural bentonite clay – nature-made ingredients for a natural clean.   We even put together an Old School Soap with orange and real pine tar.

Watch for the release & try them this spring!


[1] 5 Things To Know About Triclosan

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[2] Cosmetics Safety Q&A: Parabens

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition -

[3] The Origin and History of Soap

[4] Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It, Use Plain Soap and Water

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