Many think that harsh antibacterial soaps are required to kill germs and bacteria - but this isn't the case. 

The CDC states that antibacterial soaps with added chemicals are no more effective than natural soaps for killing disease-causing germs. We also have healthy bacteria and oils on our skin. Using antibacterial soaps can kill these healthy bacteria and remove the natural oils, which causes damage and pre-mature aging through dryness. 

So without added chemicals, how does natural soap clean the skin? 

The oils we use are naturally antibacterial. Coconut oil, meanwhile, is antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial, helping repel germs and bacteria responsible for breakouts and skin complaints like acne. It’s also deeply nourishing, helping soothe the symptoms of dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. Olive oil and shea butter are known to be naturally anti-aging, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. Rich in vitamins A and E, these moisturizers protect the skin against environmental damage and help guard against UV radiation.

However, antibacterial agents do have their place. In hospitals, vet clinics, homes with pets, and when allergies come into play, they can do a great job of neutralizing germs in a short period of time. For instances on the go (ex: hand sanitizer for children, hospitals, clinics), antibacterial soaps and sanitizers can certainly serve their purpose! 

Savon de Marseille – natural soap with olive oil, alkaline ash from sea plants and Mediterranean Sea salted water is great for cleansing without any harsh chemicals, and can be used on sensitive skin. 

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