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Do you know the difference between natural soaps and detergent bars that are sold commercially?

Not many other people I meet know any difference exists. Around 1942 production of soap by the large manufacturing companies changed in a big way. Soap makers found that the same fats that turn into soap and make naturally occurring glycerin can yield more money if those fats are turned into nitro glycerin (gun powder).

Yes, Palm Olive Brand detergent (as in Palm and Olive oils) made more money turning fats into gunpowder for the war effort.

So, if they no longer make fats into soap today, what is that stuff on the shelves at your supermarket? Good question! The replacement for soap is detergent.

Detergents are more profitable for big manufacturers because the cost of the raw material is so much lower.

Replacing Coconut, Palm, Soybean & Olive Oil with much less expensive petroleum chemicals like sodium lauryl sulphate a foaming agent created huge profits and streamlined the production.

All of these new chemicals lowered the cost to manufacture and the final bars of detergent cost less for the consumer than soap.

We all have a part to play in the fact that we can’t buy soap any more at the grocery store. Supply and demand.

Now more and more people are finding they have bad skin reactions to detergents and chemically based skin care products, driving more people every day to educate themselves about using natural alternatives in the skin care products they buy.#

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  • Danielle Lasit