August 13, 2008

Wash Away the Triclosan and Lather Up with Pangea Organics Liquid Hand Soap

I know how frustrating it can be to keep up in a world of constantly changing information. We are bombarded with what's good for us and what's bad for us, and sometimes it seems the second something is deemed safe or healthy, it then gets a bad wrap and must be avoided.

Such is the case with antibacterial hand soap. I have been washing my hands many, many times a day with antibacterial soaps for years. Even more so after Olivia was born. Now the word is that triclosan, a chemical in the majority of antibacterial hand soaps, dish washing liquids and also in toothpastes and a plethora of personal care products, is actually a pesticide! Ugh!

According to the EWG, Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity and may disrupt thyroid function. The EWG also asserts that antibacterial hand soaps are not proven to do a better job at killing germs than average soap (without antibacterial properties) and water. Boy, do I wish I had known this ages ago, but alas, it's better late than never. Click here to read the EWG's article on Triclosan and to get valuable information on avoidance and healthy alternatives.

The light at the end of the drain is that I have found such a luscious alternative that I am thrilled to be making the change. Pangea Organics Liquid Hand soaps rely on herbal extracts, essential oils and all natural ingredients to get hands squeaky clean. The Pangea Organics line includes Canadian Pine with White Sage, Italian White Sage with Geranium and Yarrow, (my favorite) and Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom. One tiny pump of concentrated liquid is all you need per use, and the soap lathers and thickens while releasing a delicious scent.

Each soap is designed for a different skin type and bears varying healing and fragrant properties. Antiseptic by nature, there's no need for added triclosan for these soaps to get hands clean. They have literally turned every hand washing occasion into a spa like ritual.

Another ingenious attribute of Pangea Organics is their packaging. The description in their own words: "All of our product boxes are made using a new Zero Waste process with 100% post- consumer paper and organic seeds like sweet basil and amaranth. Simply slip off the label, soak the box in water for a minute, and plant it in the earth.

Pure brilliance. You've really got to hand it to Pangea.

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