Did you know that hand soaps are not always good for your skin? People often assume that just because the label says “Hand Soap” at the general store, that it kills bacteria and helps your body. That is often not the case anymore. Companies are always trying to find ways to reduce production costs and promote sales, though quality and customer satisfaction are not exactly at the front.
General hand soaps from the store include many of these substances:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Synthetic Dyes
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Polyethylene Glycol
- Petroleum Products
- Animal Ingredients
This is where Norwex comes in. Norwex JUST introduced a Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash that not only kills cleans your hands, but also moisturizes and soothes your skin!
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Or you’re on out and about and you pass around the travel-size “anti-bacterial soap” before a restaurant meal (oh c’mon, you know what I’m talking about). Nothing wrong with that…, right?? Gotta have clean hands…
Well, what you need to watch out for is the chemical compound Triclosan. Triclosan is one of the anti-bacterial soap ingredients found in most cosmetic and personal hygiene products. According to the U.S Geological Survey water testing research, this chemical is included among the Top 10 major contaminants in U.S water ways and is considered one of the major environmental hazards that pass up the food chain in our bodies. Huh?!
Research conducted at Virginia Tech University reported that Triclosan found in anti-bacterial soaps produces a chloroform gas when it comes into contact with chlorinated tap water. It is considered to be toxic and may be carcinogenic when inhaled and absorbed by the skin, specifically when using warm water while bathing. Oh, great…
Yep, you may have even heard about this but maybe you didn’t really believe it or understand why. So let’s help to break this down for you. Since its introduction in the 1970’s Triclosan has raised concerns about dangers to health and the environment. Triclosan can disrupt endocrine systems and has been connected to allergies, asthma and development of skin diseases such as eczema. Furthermore, bacteria once exposed to Triclosan could potentially lead to resistance to antibiotics. Drug resistant bacteria have been known as a major health threat by public health experts and have caused alarm because of its increased levels of resistance to multiple antibiotics. So, does that make anti-bacterial soap unsafe to use?
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I wash my hands a lot…and I mean A LOT!
We have a severe food allergy in our family. Because of the food allergy, it is not uncommon for me to wash my hands fifteen to twenty times or more during meal preparation for one dinner. Our old soaps always seemed to leave my hands dry and cracked.
Enter Norwex Foam Soap…an amazing alternative to the soaps I was buying at the store.
The Norwex Foam Soap is a very luxurious, thick foaming soap containing Shea Butter and Calendula, which have amazing moisturizing properties. Calendula is a natural antimicrobial. The foam soap maintains natural pH balance for the skin*. It has a nice, pleasant scent that was developed by Norwex to be non-allergenic.
The Norwex foam soap does NOT contain parabens, formaldehyde releasers, or triclosan.
I just LOVE how soft my hands feel, regardless of how many times I wash them with the Norwex foam soap. I notice quickly when I use soaps away from home that my hands don’t stay as soft.
The foam soap cleans extremely well. We had some painting done recently and one of the painters commented on how great my Norwex hand soap was. He said that he loved how nicely it lathered up and how CLEAN it got his hands. That’s Norwex … the REAL CLEAN!!
The Norwex Foam Soap comes in two sizes. You can get it in an 8 oz size with a white pump dispenser. You can also purchase a Foam Soap Refill as a 33.82 oz / 1 Liter size. This is great for refilling the smaller bottles. The 8 oz Foam Soap dispenser is designed to deliver the right amount of soap and is formulated
for daily use.
I have been using the 8 oz bottles for three years now and have been refilling them with the refill bottle. I have been quite happy with this method.
Last week I was shopping with a friend (something I rarely get to do!) and we went into Bed Bath, and Beyond. I found a new bottle for my Norwex Foam Soap and I just LOVE how it dresses up our bathrooms. I was nervous that the Norwex soap wouldn’t foam properly, but it works great! I ended up buying a couple of these cute bottles and put them in all of our bathrooms. Now my Norwex Foam Soap is effective AND pretty! You can find these soap dispensers at http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=17982826. Given how easy it was to find these, I am sure there are many stores out there that offer a similar product; find one that suits your style and display your foam soap proudly!
Do you use the Norwex Foam Soap? Would you be more likely to do so if you had a pretty bottle?
Contact me with any questions, or to ask me to bring a sample of the Norwex Foam Soap to your next home party.
*This statement is taken from the Norwex product manual vs 2.2.