Soap cleans up its act!


Many people in the natural health industry have argued for years that antibacterial soap and wash may do more harm than good. This month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement that “there isn’t enough science to show that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soap is better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. To date, the benefits of using antibacterial hand soap haven’t been proven. In addition, the wide use of these products over a long time has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health.”

The FDA is issuing a final rule under which OTC consumer antiseptic wash products (including liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps and body washes) containing the majority of the antibacterial active ingredients—including triclosan and triclocarban—will no longer be able to be marketed.

What is the concern?
The FDA is concerned that the manufacturers haven’t proven that those ingredients are safe for daily use over a long period of time. Also, manufacturers haven’t shown that these ingredients are any more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illnesses and the spread of certain infections.

“Following simple handwashing practices is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness at home, at school and elsewhere,” says Theresa M. Michele, MD, of the FDA’s Division of Non-prescription Drug Products. “We can’t advise this enough. It’s simple, and it works.”

The FDA’s final rule covers only consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes that are used with water. It also does not apply to antibacterial soaps that are used in health care settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes.

What are your customers’ options?
Whilst the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) has not made any ruling in Australia at this time, there are a huge range of options available through Unique Health Products that are not antibacterial and are made without using any toxic chemicals or synthetic ingredients.

Unique offers you a range of natural soap and body wash products that look great on the shelf, smell fantastic and are fast sellers.

What to recommend and why?

Antibacterial Free Soap
Kiss My Face
Kiss My Face includes a cruelty-free, naturally effective soap and body wash range that offers a lot more than just cleansing; botanicals, soothing aloe, remarkably moisturising olive oil and plant-based cleansers leave skin fresh, hydrated and smelling fabulous. No Kiss My Face soaps or gels contain any Triclosans!

Alaffia was created to help West African communities become sustainable through the fair trade of indigenous resources. The Alaffia range is cruelty free and created using only the best natural ingredients.

EO Hand Sanitizer
EO stands for essential oils. EO Hand Sanitizers are certified organic, non-GMO, cruelty free and synthetic and fragrance free. 99.9% effective against common germs, EO Hand Sanitizers contain beautiful smelling essential oils that leave hands subtly scented, refreshed and clean. No sticky residue is left behind and Vitamin E and Vegetable Glycerin ensure that hands won’t dry out, even after frequent use.

Ecostore soap, hand and body wash cleanses, nourishes and protects the skin leaving it soft, smooth and silky. They give priority to plant and mineral-based ingredients that are from natural and/or renewable resources, are biodegradable and have the lowest hazard rating in terms of health and environmental safety. If there is any doubt about the safety of an ingredient for people’s health or the environment, they will find a safer alternative.

Anokha is an affordable brand offering a range of soaps with attractive packaging, enticing scents and natural ingredients. Anokha Soaps are 100% vegetable based with herbal actives to gently cleanse your skin.

Lemon Myrtle
Lemon Myrtle Soaps keep the whole family fresh and clean without harsh and irritating detergents and chemicals. Exfoliating soap is made using freshly dried lemon myrtle leaves for a soft, gentle exfoliation compared to other ingredients.

Niugini Organic soap
The Niugini Organic everyday soap range is handmade, using a traditional boiled method. A pure soap made with 100% certified organic virgin coconut oil. They add the purest and best ingredients, including essential oils ensuring the soaps are free of any artificial colourings and perfumes.

Australian Biologika has over a decade of experience producing an environmentally responsible all-over body care range made with natural and organic ingredients. They continue to formulate new affordable, safe and aromatic products to meet Australians’ needs and wants.

Billy Goat Soap
Billie Goat Soap and hand washes are made using fresh Australian goats milk and a unique blend of nourishing oils that work together to cleanse, nourish and moisturise your skin. The products are enriched with high concentrations of olive oil to help soothe dry, irritated skin and relieve symptoms of eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Their range contains no SLS, colour, parabens, fragrance or animal testing.

More than just natural, the wild-crafted herbs and minerals used within the Auromere recipes are noted for their unique beneficial and rejuvenation qualities. The purity and effectiveness of the Ayurvedic ingredients, formulations and manufacturing procedures make Auromere products distinctively different and delightfully powerful for maintaining balance, well-being, and beauty.

Harmony Soapworks
This hand-made range of luxury, organic, sulphate-free soaps are free from any chemical or synthetic ingredients. The soaps comprise pure olive oil, natural vegetable oils and certified organic essential oils.

Nui soaps are handcrafted from wild harvested virgin coconut oil. Ideal for any skin type, the Body Bar range strives to further empower Island communities through increased work opportunities and continuing their aims of environmental responsibility through improved packaging. Hand made in Fiji based on an innovative process of traditional saponification.

Keep washing with natural soap and water
So what should your customers do? Simply wash their hands with natural, antibacterial free soap and water.

It’s still one of the most important steps they can take to avoid getting sick and to prevent spreading germs.