Thoughts on Commercial Soaps

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Thoughts on Commercial Soap

Goat Milk Soaps are better
For as long as our Country Store has been selling our all-natural Goat Milk Soaps, I’ve known that they worked better on my skin than any other soap I’d ever used. I’ve known that I can read, pronounce and have a general sense of what each ingredient is. Most importantly I’ve known where they came from, in our case,  small businesses like ours that we’ve developed working relationships with.

I didn’t, however, know that the soap I used to use (commercial brands)- are not only packed full of strange ingredients that literally do nothing for your skin, but that one of the main ingredients in most is animal fat (aka tallow, usually listed as sodium tallowate).

As a rule, animal fat is nothing to be scared of, or even mad at (well, some will rightfully disagree). Obviously there are many uses for it…but it’s not exactly the picture of skincare, right? Do you particularly enjoy the imagery of smearing that all over your face? What really did it for me though, is when I realized exactly where the animal fat is coming from- commercial feedlots/slaughterhouses.

Unless you live under a rock, you should know that these commercial slaughterhouses, as a general rule, pack a lot of cattle into cramped spaces, pump them full of hormones, and show little care or concern for their terrible living conditions. That’s putting it extremely lightly- not getting into all the gory details. I will spare you those, even though I shouldn’t.

The argument has been made, ‘their deaths serve a purpose, we eat their meat…the tallow is an inexpensive byproduct…why not use it in soap? What’s wrong with that?’- My answer will always the same, whether it be for the meat or the soap:  Animal abuse. Animal cruelty. The fact that millions of people turn their backs to the horrible things being done to innocent creatures for selfish purposes. At least for soap, we don’t NEED them. Even if there are properties in tallow that help the skin, are there not dozens of other ingredients that could be used instead?  Yes. So why don’t these commercial brands go that route? It’s too expensive. It’s too expensive to be kind.

I have found a lot of great articles that break down the ingredients in the most popular commercial soaps. They all say the same thing. I urge you to look further into the origin of the products you use. It’s not WHAT you think, it’s HOW you think.

If you’re someone who wants to make the world a better place, it can start with paying attention to the truth about our so called ‘luxury’ products. It continues with a conscious effort to stop paying these huge corporations to torture and kill animals and to start supporting groups with an honest mission to preserve/protect them.

At the end of the day you have a choice. People like me work every day trying to educate the masses about rare farm breeds,  environmental conservation and protection, animal abuse, the list goes on. We are in direct competition with these massive, bloodthirsty, soulless corporations for funds.

Who do you give your money to and what are they doing with it?


Revenues generated from the Dalby Farm Country Store help with the cost of the care and upkeep of the  rare farm breeds living at Dalby Farm. These animals are considered to be ‘ambassadors’ of their breed and are an integral part of the educational programs that are offered.

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This blog was inspired by:
What’s In Your Soap?
Know Your Soap
Dove Ingredients Explained
The Awful Truth