Healing Properties of Ingredients Contained in Our Products

Dead Sea Salts and Your Health


  • Acne and skin irritations
  • Hives
  • Psoriasis
  • Dry and cracked skin
  • Rheumatologic Conditions and muscles aches
  • Stress and insomnia

Since biblical times, the Dead Sea has been famous for its miraculous healing qualities with reference to Cleopatra and Aristotle as well as to Jesus and John the Baptist .. Authentic Dead Sea Salts contain 21 essential minerals naturally occur in our bodies which must be replenished, as they are lost throughout the day. These Dead Sea minerals are known to treat, detoxify, and cleanse our bodies.

The following table details some of the healing properties of these minerals:

Chemical Analysis Typical Range Mineral Benefits
Magnesium Chloride (MgCl2) 33 31.0 - 35.0 Promotes skin tissue healing & provides skin surface with anti-allergic element.
Potassium Chloride (KCl) 24.3 20.0 - 28.0 Moisture regulator that maintains neutral environment in the skin.
Sodium Chloride (NaCl) 5.5 3.0 - 8.0 Relieves stiffness and muscle cramps and maintains neutral environment in the skin.
Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) 0.2 0.1 - 0.5 A building block for corrective tissue under the skin surface.
Bromide (Br-) 0.5 0.3 - 0.6 Soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and tranquilizes nerves.
Sulphates (SO4) 0.15 0.05 - 0.2 A natural disinfectant (constituent of certain vitamins).
Water of Crystallization 36.4 32.0 - 40.0 H2O

Magnesium: Promotes quick healing of skin tissue and provides the skin’s surface with anti-allergic elements. Also essential for cell metabolism.
Bromide: Soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and calms nerves.
Iodine: Important for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland and is aids in the body's metabolic exchanges.
Sulfur: A natural disinfectant (constituent of certain vitamins). Known as a powerful detoxifying agent, as it works closely with the liver to rid the body of toxins.
Potassium: Helps balance moisture in the skin and body, aiding in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells. Potassium also regulates the nervous system.
Calcium: An essential mineral, known to strengthen bones and teeth. Also strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores.
Sodium: Relieves stiffness and muscle cramps. Sodium is also a powerful detoxifying agent, helping cells retain nourishment and expel waste.

Zinc: When applied topically, it is known to protect the skin against sunburn and windburn. Also known to boost the immune system. Internally, it is a key factor in enzymatic regulation of cell proliferation.

As you can see, these minerals play an important role in our health and provide many benefits. These minerals have incredible properties on their own, and when combined, they are known to treat and heal many common conditions.

Dead Sea Salts are known to improve the following:

Acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, scabies and seborrhea--some of the most common and unpleasant skin disorders suffered by Americans today. Psoriasis alone is said to affect 3% of the population to some degree. Most of us have had to deal with embarrassing white flakes on our skin and have struggled to find a cure. Most of us have had cracked, dry skin and attempt to treat this with greasy, thick creams that only work for so long.

Probably the most common skin disorder of all – 80-90% of all adolescents suffer from it and is caused by many factors and many involve internal processes such as stress and hormone fluctuations. Dead Sea salts are high in sulfur and is a powerful cleanser that has been proven to treat acne effectively.

Dry Skin
Our skin becomes parched as a result of climate and lack of moisture, especially in the cold, dry months of winter. Dead Sea water is a wonderful treatment for dry skin, as it nourishes the skin and replenishes much-needed moisture.

Research has proven that soaking regularly in water enriched with Dead Sea salts can provide relief from these unpleasant skin disorders without any side effects. In fact, Dead sea salt has been recommended by the international psoriasis community and the National Psoriasis Foundation as an effective alternative treatment for the disorder.

Cellulite & Water Retention
One of the best ways to combat water retention is to drink more water. Another way to slim down quickly is to bathe in Dead Sea salts. Dead Sea salt water contains potassium, which is an important mineral in the treatment of water retention. Cellulite is the result of fatty deposits that have broken through holes in the inner layers of your skin and have risen to the surface, creating a “cottage cheese” dimpling effect on your thighs and buttocks – and sometimes on your tummy and lower back. It’s perfectly normal, and perfectly annoying nonetheless. While diet and exercise can help the condition, bathing in Dead Sea salts works from the inside out, helping your body rid itself of toxins. The minerals released from the salt help break down deposits of these toxins that get trapped below the skin’s surface, making your skin look smoother.

Rheumatologic Conditions
Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, back pain, bursitis etc. have all been effectively treated with Dead Sea salts. The Dead Sea minerals are absorbed while you soak in a bath and are known to provide effective relief from joint swelling, soreness and stiffness. These absorbed minerals improve blood circulation, necessary in reducing the inflammatory response. They combine both detoxifying agents with general muscle relaxant properties. When the water containing the salt has been heated, the ability of the elements to penetrate and be absorbed into the system is increased.

Stress has become prevalent in modern day life. Most of us can deal with small amounts of stress comfortably, however, excessive stress can affect physical & mental well-being. Symptoms can include increased heart rate; elevated blood pressure; tightness of the chest, neck and back muscles; headache; sleep disturbances; fatigue; susceptibility to minor illness; irritability and depression; to name but a few. Over the long term, stress can be dangerous and even deadly – stress is a contributor to our risk of heart disease, the number 1 killer in the United States.

Dead sea bath salts offer wonderful relief of these symptoms in several ways. There is nothing more relaxing than soaking in a tub of hot water. Your blood pressure will drop, your muscles will relax. Not to mention, you’ll have a moment alone! Time out for yourself and from the demands of the day is extremely important. Bathing in sea salts also works by increasing circulation and detoxifying your body by removing byproducts, which are formed during the stress.

It is estimated that 25% of Americans suffer from insomnia. Prolonged sleep disturbance can leave you feeling tired and run down, which in turn can lead to greater vulnerability to illness and disease. Soaking in a hot bath cleanses and relaxes the body, making it easier to sleep without interruption. To assist with relaxing in order to fall asleep and to remove toxins, the Dead Sea bath salts can be very beneficial.

The Dead Sea has long been famous for its miraculous healing qualities. As science is finding out, the theory that this specific body of water is special is much more than just folklore or hype. It appears that the unique qualities of the Dead Sea do translate into ingredients that are not only beneficial to the skin, but can provide healing for skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema and acne.

Even if you don’t have a particular skin condition that you want to treat, Dead Sea salt products can exfoliate your skin, clean your pores, and help rid your skin of toxins. Some users find that these products are a natural and healthy way to reduce the look of wrinkles as well. If you would like to try out Dead Sea salt products on your own skin, you will not have to look as far as Israel for your skin care needs. You will be able to find Dead Sea salts in our bath soaks and scrubs. Take your body on a trip to the Dead Sea today, right from the comfort of your own bathroom, and enjoy the healing and therapeutic benefits that these much prized salts can bring. Try some today!

Available in
AeroSilk Natural Dead Sea Salt Soak
AeroFeet Natural Dead Sea Foot Soak
AeroSilk Natural Scrub Butter

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Hemp Seed Oil and Your Skin

Readily absorbed and penetrates deeply to provide:

  • A smoother, more youthful and healthy skin
  • Moisturization that improves softness & smoothness to reduce fine lines, stretch marks and abrasions.
  • Anti-inflammatory and soothing effects reduce the symptoms of acne, psoriasis, eczema and Fibromyalgia skin related problems.

Hemp Seed Oil is nature’s perfectly balanced oil containing 80% of the essential fatty acids required by our skin to maintain its integrity and function. It contains 23% protein along with methionine and cysteine which are sulfur containing amino acids required in the production of healthy skin, hair, and nails. The essential fatty acid - linoleic - found in this oil, as well as its metabolite, gamma-linolenic acid, have proven to confer very beneficial therapeutic effects on the skin. These fatty acids contain glycerides, sterols and phospholipids.

Hemp Seed Oil production is eco-friendly, the plants require no fertilizer, no insecticides and are naturally mildew resistant. The oil contains no psychoactive chemicals and is not banned by any state or the federal government. Hemp Seed Oil’s fatty acid composition and lipid profile closely resembles that of our own skin making this the perfect moisturizer.

The skin performs many functions for us, most importantly it controls water loss. To limit this passive water loss, the epidermis or upper most layer of the skin must possess adequate amounts of the necessary lipids and fats to hold the cells together in their respective layers. Polyunsaturated fats in the skin include essential fatty acids like Omega-6, Omega-3, and Gamma-linoleic acids along with constituent components such as ceramides. The skin replaces itself from the inside out about every 28 days and does so based on various chemical signals that control cell replication beginning in the stratum germinativum or basal layer of the epidermis. It is here that ceramides are produced and essential fatty acids are incorporated in order to serve as a strong water-retaining layer as they migrate towards the skin surface. Given the skin’s 70% water content and moisture retaining function, its easy to understand the importance of maintaining proper adhesion of the skin cells in order to prevent water loss and imbalance.

External factors can dehydrate and disrupt the skin, UV radiation, exposure to dry air, excessive use of soaps,, and exposure to organic solvents can all reduce the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Aging itself decreases the ceramide production in the basal cell layer rendering the mature stratum corneum or outer most layer of the skin unable to perform its moisture retention function efficiently, however Hemp Seed Oil—with it’s 80% content of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids is the perfect base for most any skin care product. The rich Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids are available for direct absorption into the skin by virtue of their 3:1 ratio and no conversion nor chemical modification is necessary for their direct penetration into the epidermis. Hemp Seed Oil also contains vitamin-E and carotene anti-oxidants which assist the skin with repairing damage incurred from external sources and said to stimulate cell growth making it remarkable for healing skin conditions and dry or mature skin. While other purported moisturizers containing petroleum jelly and mineral oils simply lay on the skin’s surface, Hemp Seed Oil directly penetrates delivering essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants to the deeper layer while restoring function and appearance. Studies have specifically shown cracking or scaling reversed by skin care products containing these omega-6 fatty acids.

Hemp Seed Oil proven anti inflammatory properties is a valuable adjunct used in treating exfoliative skin conditions such as Eczema, Neurodermatitus, and Psoriasis. Its healing properties are useful in treating sunburns, abrasions, acne, stretch marks and is especially useful for treating dry, cracked skin. Hemp Seed Oil is purported to slow the effects of aging and minimize wrinkle formation by directly providing the skin with the necessary essential fatty acids and proteins requisite for a healthy, well moisturized epidermis.

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Our Hemp Seed Oil products come scented or unscented and are made with the purest natural ingredients available to insure your satisfaction and maximum product performance. They are packaged in the following format:

*AeroSilk Natural Hemp Creams
*AeroSilk Natural Hemp Lotions
*Shasta Soap Company Hemp Soaps
*AeroFeet Natural Fungal Nail Balm

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Jojoba Oil and Your Health

Jojoba oil exhibits antimicrobial properties, discouraging the growth of bacteria and fungal infections which can attack and disrupt the skin.

Made from the bean pod of the Jojoba plant, what is typically termed “Jojoba Oil” is actually a liquid wax. Since jojoba oil is comprised of wax esters,, it is extremely stable with little, if any, natural deterioration. Non-greasy and easily absorbed, it is suitable for all skin types and justifies its use in many skincare products. Also known as the “miracle oil” for softening the skin, jojoba is very beneficial in alleviating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and is well tolerated by sensitive skin conditions. Jojoba Oil promotes the growth of new skin cells resulting in faster healing times for minor conditions, wounds and irritations.

Jojoba oil is a vary rare construct containing an extremely long (C36-C46) straight-chain wax ester and is not a triglyceride, making jojoba and its derivative jojoba esters more similar to sebum and whale oil than to traditional vegetable oils. It is easily refined to be odorless, colorless and oxidatively stable, and often finds use in cosmetics as a moisturizer and as a carrier oil for specialty fragrances.

The approximate percentages of fatty acids in jojoba oil are:
Eicosenoic 66% 71%
Docosenoic 14% 20%
Oleic 10% 13%

Available in
AeroSilk Natural Hemp Seed Oil Lotions and Creams
AeroSilk Natural Scrub Butter
AeroSilk Natural Lotion Balm
AeroSilk Natural SleepyThyme Balm
Shasta Soap Alcohol Free Perfumes
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Shea Butter
Shea butter is an emollient that is extremely therapeutic, helping to heal cracked, aged and damaged skin. Its chemical constituents help to heal bruising and soreness, and penetrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It has vitamin A, E and is highly compatible with skin. Shea butter has a high content of unsaponifiables and cinnamic esters, which have antimicrobial and moisturizing properties and provide protection from the UV rays of the sun. Unsaponifiables are a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins which soften the skin, have superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reduce scars .

AeroSilk Natural Scrub Butter
AeroSilk Natural Lotions and Creams
AeroSilk Natural Lotion Balms
AeroFeet Natural Fungal Nail Pack

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Grapeseed Oil

A very light and non-greasy oil that contains essential fatty acids and rich in vitamins and minerals. An excellent moisturizer for all skin types and is often used for dry or mature skins. Very beneficial for skin that is dehydrated and under nourished. It is said to help with regeneration of the skin and softening of the tissue

AeroSilk Natural Scrub Butter
AeroSilk Natural Lotions and Creams
AeroSilk Natural Lotion Balms
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Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that improves circulation and is necessary for tissue repair. It promotes healing, reduces scarring, and encourages healthy skin by retarding aging and may prevent skin spots, as well.

All AeroSilk Natural and AeroFeet Natural Products

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Tea Tree

It is an antiseptic herb with a clear clean smell and possesses expectorant, antifungal, bactericidal and sudorific properties, the latter of which stimulate the immune system.

External use
This much-used oil is effective in treating acne, athlete's foot, plantar warts, common warts, insect bites, and cold sores and other skin infections.
Enhances the skin’s immune capabilities.

Tea tree can be applied to insect bites. It is a great disinfectant.
Helps to soothe sore muscles and generally fortifies the body.

AeroFeet Aloe Green Tea and Tea Tree Cream
AeroFeet Natural Fungal Nail Pack

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External use
Used externally to treat most type of burns including sunburn, rheumatism, muscular pains, neuralgia, cold sores, and insect bites, It has an analgesic effect on the skin providing pain relief and its antiseptic and stimulant properties make it very effective when used on wounds and burns.

  • Mainly employed for its antiseptic benefits but also demonstrates spasmolytic (relieving spasms) activity.
  • Also contains ursolic acid, an antibacterial, and is also active against lipid oxidation and inhibits elastase, an enzyme responsible for tissue degeneration and inflammatory processes.
  • The rosmarinic acid and polyphenolic derivatives have good antioxidant properties, which are helpful in countering aging.
  • On the skin, lavender tones and revitalizes and is useful for many types of skin problems, such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect bites, stings. It also acts as an insect repellent.

Aromatherapy Use

  • It has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression, panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia.
  • The therapeutic properties of lavender are many--antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, rubefacient, sedative, sudorific and vulnerary.

AeroSilk Natural Dead Sea Salt Soak
AeroFeet Natural Dead Sea Foot Soak
AeroSilk Natural Hemp Seed Oil Lotions and Creams
AeroSilk Natural Scrub Butter
AeroFeet Natural Talc FREE Powder

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Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is used to relieve skin irritation and itchiness and also helps to reduce skin redness, where inflammation is present. It is used for dermatitis, acne, ringworm, scabies, pruritis, sunburn and inflammation of the skin, while at the same time having a cooling action.

It has analgesic, anesthetic, anti-galactagogue, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, vasodilatory- good for poor blood flow-and vermifuge properties.

Cream or lotion
When included in a cream or lotion, it will help to ease the sting of sunburn, reduce redness of inflamed skin, reduce itchiness and cools down the skin with its vasodilating properties.

WARNING: some can be allergic to Peppermint. Wash hands after using as it can sting sensitive areas like your eyes.

AeroFeet Natural Peppermint Cream
AeroFeet Natural Talc Free Powder

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Rosemary Oil

It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, spasmolytic, antioxidant, smooth muscle modulating, analgesic, venotonic, as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
It contains phenolic acids (rosmarinic acid), bitter diterpenes (carnosol, rosmanol) triterpenes (oleanic and ursolic acid), triterpene alcohols and flavonoids. The essential oil contained in the plant contains 1,8-cineole, a-pinene, camphor, b-pinene, borneol, iso-bornyl acetate, limonene, linalool, 3-octanone,and ter.

  • Externally, rosemary helps to increase circulation.
  • It has two important properties – it is an outstanding free radical scavenger and therefore has amazing antioxidant properties, and secondly has an remarkable stimulating effect on the skin.
  • Apart from this, it has good antiseptic properties and is traditionally used for hair and scalp stimulation, as well as anti-aging products.
  • It has rubefacient properties and therefore is most useful when an increase of blood flow is required or when below-par circulation needs to be rectified.
  • Rosemary is an effective treatment against scurf and dandruff.
  • It has analgesic as well as antibacterial, antifungal and anti-parasitic properties.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Use

  • This essential oil helps to clear the mind, sharpen the memory and boost the central nervous system.
  • On the skin, it has a tightening effect and reduces bloating and puffiness. In hair care, it stimulates hair growth and fights scalp problems.
  • It has analgesic, antidepressant, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, hypertensive, nervine, rubefacient, stimulant, sudorific and tonic properties.

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AeroSilk Natural Scrub Butter
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The Benefits of Alcohol FREE Perfume

There are certainly advantages to choosing alcohol-free perfumes over perfumes containing a high amount of alcohol and water. First, pure perfume oils are much more pleasing to the nose, and they are also longer lasting than perfumes with alcohol. In addition, when you smell perfume oil, you can immediately pick up on the scent, as it is in its pure form. Some perfumes with heavy alcohol contents smell like a big mish-mash of scents, making it hard to decipher top notes, middle notes, and base notes.
Keep in mind that perfume oils are a lot like other products, such as shoes and clothes. Sure, there are cheap oils, but their scent will be not be as authentic and refreshing as the pure oils. When you purchase alcohol-free perfumes, it is wise to find out exactly what the ingredients are before buying.

Many commercially sold perfumes are made with fillers, namely alcohol, that causes the scent of the perfume to evaporate faster. When you first spray a perfume with a high alcohol content, it tends to smell strong. However, within an hour or two, the scent of the perfume has evaporated considerably, which means you cannot smell it as well, if at all. Alcohol-free perfumes last longer, and they go on much more subtly. This means that when you walk into a room, people don't smell you before they see you.

Remember, alcohol and perfume oils do not mix. First, alcohol will diminish the scent you are trying to capture, and it will cause the fragrance to evaporate faster. In addition, alcohol can be drying and irritating to the skin, causing some people with sensitive skin to have bad reactions. Finally, alcohol-free perfume smells clean and simple, not overpowering or cluttered like some commercial scents.

History of Perfume

The word perfume is derived from the Latin perfume, meaning "through smoke." The art of perfumery was known to the ancient Chinese, Hindus, Egyptians, Israelites, Carthaginians, Arabs, Greeks, and Romans. References to perfumery materials and even perfume formulas are found in the Bible.  The burning of incense in religious rites of ancient China, Palestine, and Egypt led gradually to the personal use of perfume known as attars, widespread in ancient Greece and Rome. During the Middle Ages Crusaders brought knowledge of perfumery to Europe from the East. After 1500 Paris was the major center of perfume-making.

What's the difference between perfume oils and perfume?

Please do not confuse these perfume oils with cologne or essential oils.  Perfume oils are far more sophisticated than perfume with fillers. Never offensive or overpowering, long lasting and balanced.

Name %Perfume Oil %Alcohol & Water
Perfume or Parfum 15% - 30% 85% - 70%
Eau de Parfum 8% - 30% 92% - 70%
Eau De Toilette 4% - 8% 96% - 92%
Eau de Cologne 2% - 5% 98% - 95%
Splash Cologne 1% - 3% 99% - 97%

Perfume Oil Is Better For You

Just like jewelry, pure perfume oils vary tremendously in quality. We have put an incredible amount of time and effort into selecting the best possible quality pure perfume oils and are truly what the designer of the fragrance had in mind when it was created.

Alcohol and Perfume

No Alcohol
All commercially available "perfumes" are actually perfume oils with fillers. The fillers are usually alcohol and  sometimes water.

Why do they add alcohol?  The primary purpose of alcohol is to  cause the perfume oils to evaporate faster than they would by themselves, sometimes as much as or 15 times more quickly.  This gives the impression that the perfume is considerably stronger than it actually is. That is why, when you first put on a commercial fragrance, the aroma may sometimes seem overwhelming to those around you. This also explains why the scent  fades dramatically within one or two hours. The perfume oils have evaporated along with the alcohol.
The second reason for all those fillers is just clever marketing -- a bigger and fancier  bottle containing fragrance plus fillers seems like a much better value than a smaller one of pure oil. 

Common Problems with Alcohol Perfume

  • Alcohol tends to kill off or mask some of the subtle notes in many fragrances.
  • Ethyl alcohol is the most popular alcohol added It is extremely caustic.  Many people who think they are allergic to perfume are actually allergic to the alcohol added to the perfume.
  • Alcohol is a drying agent - it makes things evaporate including the fragrance and your natural body oils. 

Why Shasta Soap Company perfumes are better:

No alcohol or chemicals. Unlike most perfume formulas, ours does not contain any alcohol. This means our scents last longer, and won't dry out your skin. In fact, our formula contains special moisturizing ingredients that actually nourish your skin. Don't worry about it being too oily, though -- they soak in very nicely.
Super concentrated. We use the maximum amount of fragrance oil in our formula. By definition, a "parfum" contains between 15-25% fragrance oils, and the rest is usually some type of alcohol. Our perfumes contain at least 25% fragrance oil, so they're very concentrated. A little bit will go a very long way, and will last for all day.
Best scents. We use the same top-quality, concentrated fragrance oils that we use in our other fine personal care products. They cost us a little more, but our customers agree that they're worth it.
Feels good on your skin. Even with the moisturizing ingredients we use, our perfumes still feel much drier than other perfumes. They do not feel "wet" when you use them. However, as with most fine perfumes, they do contain oils that may stain clothing, so we recommend that you take a moment to rub them into your skin and allow them to absorb before getting dressed.

The Bad News About Store Shelf Soaps

If you are like most people, you believe that bar soap -- the oldest cleanser around - is harmless. So you may be quite surprised to learn that today's popular commercial soaps contain synthetic compounds that are loaded with health risks.

Two Potentially Risky Synthetic Compounds

While there are a number of chemical concerns, there are two synthetic components in commercial soaps you need to be most concerned with: 1) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and 2) Triclosan;
Most of the commercial bar soaps (and liquid and other forms) on the market today are composed of these and other chemicals.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

One of the most dangerous chemicals being added to virtually every personal care product you can imagine, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, and cosmetics, is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).
SLS is an anionic surfactant and the most commonly used chemical in car soaps, garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and personal care products.
SLS has been found to have many side effects:

  • Eye, skin and mouth irritations
  • Membrane alterations
  • May be harmful for the brain, heart, spleen and liver
  • Chronic irritant contact dermatitis
  • Compromising the overall integrity of your skin barrier, rendering it open to exposure to bacteria
  • May actually harm cell function
  • Can corrode the hair follicle and cause hair loss


The first antibacterial liquid hand soap exploded onto the market in 1995, claiming to be ten times more effective at eliminating disease carrying germs than regular liquid soap.
In the eleven years since, antibacterial soaps have become a 16 billion dollar a year industry, adding shampoo, dishwashing detergent, toothpaste and various household cleaners to the "antibacterial" list.

Today, 75% of liquid soaps and over 30% of bar soaps in the US are antibacterial, all containing the synthetic chemical triclosan.

Triclosan is the main ingredient in antibacterial products. The intention of triclosan is to prevent bacteria from reproducing, limiting the amount of bacteria on your skin, thereby decreasing illnesses.

Yet a study published in March 2004 found that people who used antibacterial soaps and cleaners developed cold and allergy symptoms as often as those who used regular soaps and cleaners, offering little more protection than ordinary soap against the most common germs.

Current research is showing us that if the widespread use of anti-bacterial soap continues in such an overused frenzy, we could be faced with super germs we can't get rid of.

What the Antibacterial Soap Makers Don't Tell Us

The triclosan in antibacterial soaps does NOT discriminate between good and bad bacteria. But we need good bacteria to survive, to help defend us against bad, harmful bacteria. Our immune systems are being left increasingly vulnerable with the use of antibacterial soaps.

Children especially should be exposed to some bacteria in early childhood in order to strengthen their immune systems, but the primary marketing target of the commercial antibacterial soaps is parents with young children. Children who are not exposed to these common bacteria -- because they are being wiped out by antibacterial soap -- may be more prone to allergies and asthma.

Numerous studies have also found that the ongoing use of triclosan:

  • Has been shown to kill your skin cells
  • Dries your skin
  • Can aggravate skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Does nothing to prevent most illnesses, since colds, flues and more are typically viral (and antibacterial only kills bacteria, not viruses)
  • Dioxin, a highly carcinogenic may be formed during the manufacturing process of triclosan, making it a likely contaminant.

Finally, triclosan has now been found in 3 out of 5 women's breast milk. It is also one of the most detected compounds in rivers, streams and other bodies of water, often in high concentrations, and is highly toxic to a number of different types of algae. This could have very destructive effects on aquatic ecosystems!

Most Commercially Made Soaps:

  • Dry the Skin: Due to Alkali Salts and Lower or No Glycerin Content
  • Contain: Preservatives, & Alcohols
  • Have Possible Allergenic Concerns
  • Can Be Unkind to Environment
  • Can be Toxic
  • Are made with sodium tallowate (hydrogenated tallow using sodium hydroxide, water, and animal tallow) - it's cheap, processes quickly and produces a hard bar of soap.
  • Strip away your skin's natural moisturizers.
  • Use over 5,000 chemicals in personal care products.
  • Are usually made in huge batches (250,000 pounds or more at a time)
  • Remove their glycerin adding fillers including synthetic detergents

The itchiness from these soaps is also due to the excess alkali left in the soap

These are some of the most common health symptoms that studies have linked to ingredients found in common commercial soaps and commercial personal care products:

  • Sinus Problems
  • Exacerbated Asthma Conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Migraine Headaches
  • "Unexplained" Sore Throats & Cough
  • Rashes, Hives, Dermatitis, Eczema
  • Chest Tightness and Shortness of Breath
  • Irritations to mouth, eyes, skin, lungs

Shasta Soap’s Handcrafted Soaps:

  • Naturally Moisturizes and Conditions Skin
  • High Glycerin Content and No Free Alkali
  • Plant-based Oils (Palm, Coconut, and Hemp) VEGAN SAFE
  • No animal testing ever
  • Non-toxic with No Preservatives
  • Won't dry out your skin
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • No detergents, alcohols, or Triclosan!
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate!