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  1. Dear Irina,

    Many thanks for your helpful piece.

    I live in the UK and am allergic to seeds, sunflower oil etc; so can’t use many of these, but here are three soaps that I would like to ask you about:

    Co-op Pure Vegetable Soap, Colour and Fragrance Free; Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide

    Oliva Pure Olive Oil Soap; Ingredients: Saponified Olive Oil, Water, Mineral Salts

    Faith in Nature Unfragranced Seaweed Soap; Ingredients: Sodium palmate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Glycerin, Ascophyllum nodosum powder, Sodium chloride, Sodium citrate

    Best wishes,


  2. I’ve bought some gelo handsoap products, but I’m having a hard time finding information on whether they are safe or not. Do you have any insight on this product?

    Thanks for your article and help!

  3. Can you recommend all of the Dr. Bronner’s sugar soap scents? Or should we just stick to the unscented baby version. Interested in the lemongrass scent but ewg rates it a 3.

    1. Hi Ty! Thank you for your question! For babies our website recommends unscented options. For adults essential oils are ok and mostly a matter of personal preference and sensitivity. We hope this helps!

  4. Can you recommend all the scents for the Dr. Bronner’s sugar soap? I.e. are they all considered best category and safe to use?

  5. On my previous email to you, I may have deleted it accidentally! Please respond to my questions as follows:

    I, very much, prefer a liquid hand soap. This is the best way for me to be assured that no others fingers and hands have used it. Please comment for I want to know what your opinion or opinions are.

    I am, very much, look forward to your immediate response. Thank you so much!

      1. Hi, I’m guessing that she was asking if you have any liquid hand soaps that you recommend as much as you do the above bar soaps.

        I too prefer liquid.

  6. Any recommendations for a liquid hand soap I can use at work that does NOT contain compositea mix, decal glycoside, formaldehyde, linalool, propolis and quaternium-15?
    Thanks in advance!

  7. Great article!

    I use Dr. Bronner’s Organic Sugar Soap and I like it. It’s moisturizing and iit also has a pleasing smell.

    Stay safe and healthy!


  8. I used Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap (diluted) for years without a problem. However, when I developed allergy-induced atopic dermatitis/eczema, this soap further exacerbated my skin condition. Doctor recommended Vanicream/Cetaphil. Vanicream worked, but I prefer as natural as I can get. After a lot of research, I am now using Everyone 3-in-1 soap after Acure discontinued their product.

  9. Dear Madam/Sir,

    Do you have a list of the best laundry detergents with the least/no toxic ingredients? Thank you for the above list of hand and body soaps which are safe.

    Best regards,
    Mark Harrington

  10. Thank you for your research, Irina. I do a lot of research myself, so I appreciate how much work it is. I used a soap in your “best” category for years, until it started causing me problems. It was then that I realized how important it is to try and preserve the acid mantle of skin. Hence, I would add pH of the soap as a factor in how safe a soap is. The way soap is made, it is challenging to find something that has a good pH and non-toxic ingredients!

    1. Hi, Anita: yes, pH is important but also the kinds of oil they use and whether they make sure that there is no free alkali left in the product. Also, superfatting helps with moisturization. pH alone is not a guarantee. ~Irina

    2. Hi Anita,

      I’m so sorry to hear that. I was going to buy one of them, thanks for your reminder about PH. Could you share which one caused you problem? I hope you have found something good for you.

      1. Ladies, just a reminder that while pH matters, it is not the most important factor. A well made hand soap even with higher pH should work well. Also, I hope you can appreciate all the work I have done for you for free. If you are interested in pH, all you need to do is contact the companies and ask for pH. Please know that the more of us ask questions of the companies, the safer products we are going to have. Thank you for your understanding. ~Irina

        1. You have an older post speaking of ph cleansers and how they are better for the microbiome of our skin and not to use soap because it’s highly alkaline .. so which one is it?

          1. Hi, Penny: I think this is for you to decide. I post my research so you can use it to make an informed decision in your situation. And if you need help, you can always book a consultation. For my skin type and personal preferences, I decided that it is best to use saponified soap on my hands and a glucoside product on my face. However, everybody is different. There are people who are even allergic to glucosides or won’t buy those products because of plastic pollution. And so on. It sounds like you prefer to avoid saponified products altogether even from the use on your body, then you can choose the ones from the better category. In other words, nothing is black and white. I read research and form my opinions. You can read the same research and form a different opinion Does it help? ~Irina