We've always been dedicated to simplicity and natural ingredients, but today I'm here to tell you about a chemical preservative we've decided to add to our Liquid Goat Milk Soap. (Gasp!)
When we first started Chicory Farm Soap we only made goat milk bar soap. Traditional cold process soap making doesn't require any preservatives because the process of making soap turns the unstable oils and caustic lye into a safe, shelf-stable product. People asked for other products like goat milk lotion, but we decided to stick to our guns and make our Healing Salve, a natural moisturizer that also doesn't require preservatives, instead.
Last year we added Vegan Liquid Soap. Again, this soap doesn't require preservatives because it's transformed into a shelf-stable product through saponification (aka soap making!).
But at the end of the day, Goat Milk stuff is just fabulous. It helps skin feel softer and look younger, and (of course) it's fun to work with the goats that help us make it! So we decided to make Liquid Goat Milk Soap, which requires a preservative.
We decided to go with Phenoxyethanol at a 0.9% concentration after speaking with an expert in the field and checking out what other companies were doing. The Honest Co., a respected brand in bath & body care, uses Phenoxyethanol "because the most accessible alternatives for these types of formulas include parabens and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (The Honest Co.)." It's rated a 4 out of 10 (a fairly safe rating) on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database (www.ewg.org).
Based on our research we've found that concerns with Phenoxyethanol relate to:
- The length of time it has to sink into your skin (not very long with a liquid soap), and
- The concentration with which you use it (legally this must be less than 1%--we're at 0.9%)
We often worry about chemical ingredients and preservatives because:
- They may have a negative impact on your body (bioaccumulation, allergies, reproductive issues, toxicity), and
- They may have a negative impact on the environment.
We feel confident with our decision to use this preservative in our Liquid Goat Milk Soap, knowing that you won't be able to harm yourself, your family, or your environment when you use it.
After all, even with the addition of this preservative our Liquid Goat Milk Soap will still be safer and less irritating for your family and the environment than most liquid soaps on the market!