Soap for Sensitive Skin?


I recently had a customer in our shop who was told by their dermatologist to ONLY use a popular big box store brand of soap. This is a very popular brand and it claims it is for sensitive skin and is even unscented. One would think that the soap is awesome a) recommended by a dermatologist b) states on label that it is for sensitive skin. I explained to her that our Granola Muncher was made for just that reason. It is a great soap for sensitive skin and is unscented as well. The big box soap won out, and I decided to have a look and see what its ingredients were.

According to EWG:

• Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate

Summary: This soap ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin (aside from cleaning it), and may dry it out.

• Stearic Acid

Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin, and may sensitize you to allergens.

• Sodium Tallowate

Summary: This inexpensive and readily available soap ingredient cleanses and moisturizes your skin, but may worsen or cause acne.

• Sodium Palmitate

Summary: This soap ingredient cleanses your skin, but may dry it out.

• Lauric Acid

Summary: This ingredient cleanses your skin. It may irritate sensitive skin.

• Sodium Isethionate

Summary: This ingredient is mild on the skin and non-drying.

• Water

Summary: Water is used as a means of dissolving the oxidizer (the thing that combines with the oils to make soap).

• Sodium Stearate

Summary: This soap ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin.

• Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Summary: This ingredient cleanses your skin.

• Sodium Cocoate

Summary: This ingredient cleanses your skin.

• Sodium Palm Kernelate

Summary: This ingredient cleanses your skin.

• Sodium Chloride

Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin.

• Tetrasodium EDTA

Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin.

• Tetrasodium Etidronate

Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin.

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• Maltol

Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin. It might be used as a fragrance, but maybe not considering Dove claims this bar to be unscented.

• Titanium Dioxide

Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin. It may cause skin irritation.

Our soap has a base of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil (farmed and sustainable), distilled water and sodium hydroxide (lye). I think that’s like, ummmm, five ingredients? Our Granola Muncher soap also contains Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Honey, Oatmeal and Dried Comfrey Leaves. All of these ingredients are calming, soothing and truly unscented.

Maybe I should send samples with the ingredients to dermatologists worldwide? What do you think?