Product Review: Meyers Clean Day Hand Soap

Well hello there :-)

I chose this product as it is one of the many that markets itself as all natural, non toxic, non harmful, etc.

All we have to do is look at the ingredient label to find out the truth.

(I do put my 2 cents in, but am trying to stick to the facts as much as possible.)

Come be an ingredient detective with me :-D ;-)

The first ingredient that sticks out to me is Fragrance.
Fragrance is a HUGE red flag for Ingredient Detectives like us.
"FRAGRANCE can be legally hidden in hundreds of ingredients in “fragrance” or “parfum”: a “trade secret” in the industry. More than 75% of the time if you have fragrance, you have legally hidden phthalates (THAL ates), known endocrine disruptors, that are linked with birth defects, breast cancer, infertility, liver, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and now with autism and ADHD in pregnancy by Dr. Philip Landrigan, Mt Sinai, Children’s Environmental Health Center." - Ava Anderson Non Toxic
Even though they tell you on their ingredient list that they use Safe Synthetic Fragrances, this does not mean those ingredients are safe for everyone. And why use Synthetic Fragrance when you are supposedly an All Natural Product? Why use fragrance at all? Especially when the product contains essential oils... There is no reason.

Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine
"Also called coco hydroxysulfaine, and CAHS, this ingredient is a surfactant or cleanser. If you have a label that says, “derived from coconut,” don’t be fooled. Yes, the raw materials (fatty acids) come from coconut, but then they are processed in the laboratory to come up with the end chemical. In other words, the original source material may come from coconut, but then it’s chemically processed and converted into unnatural materials. Typically harsh chemicals like sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide are added to the coconut oil molecule to make them effective as cleansers. This doesn’t necessarily make them unsafe, but they are definitely not “natural.”" -  Ingredient Watch List

Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate is considered a mild sulfate. It is supposedly not as "drying" as other sulfates. There is not much known about this ingredient. While derived from coconut oil, it is far from its natural beginnings once processed into Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate. In a product that is supposed to be All Natural, there is no need for this ingredient. The Cosmetics Database labels it as a surfactant and foaming agent. ...There is no need for a surfactant or foaming agent.
Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate is another ingredient considered a mild sulfate... Also derived from coconut oil. And it is also labeled a surfactant and foaming agent... so why is it also in this soap?

Citric Acid - non essential ingredient

Sodium Chloride - mineral salt to adjust thickness and flow of soap = non essential ingredient.

Polysorbate 20 - Emulsifier that make oils compatible with water. If Water was not an ingredient they would not need Polysorbate 20. And water is not needed, so...

Potassium Sorbate & Sodium Benzoate = Preservatives. Why are they needed in a hand soap???
Potassium Sorbate is a human skin toxicant/allergen, and there is some evidence showing it can cause organ toxicity. EWG Skin Deep
Sodium Benzoate has a lot of "data gaps". There is some evidence of organ system toxicity. All in all the EWG only rates it a Yellow 3, so it is an ingredient to avoid. And as I asked before, why is a preservative needed?

Even though a company markets itself as all natural, and uses all natural ingredients, does not mean it is truly all natural, or safe/non toxic/non harmful. Know your ingredients.

Until next time,
Live. Laugh. Love.

Sources of Information:
Google Search Results defining ingredients, and links provided within blog

We recommend using Ava Anderson Non Toxic Products


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