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Antibacterial Soaps

“Antibacterial!”  It’s a promise that soap and cleanser labels eagerly make. But while germ-killing additives make swift work of nasty bacteria, their high-octane capacity is unnecessary.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rubbing hands well with any soap for 10-15 seconds works just as well.

With all-natural hand washes, you get the benefit of a good clean along with the best in aromatherapy. My favorites get their strength from pure essential oils-naturally antiseptic and deliciously aromatic extracts from plants such as lemon, rosemary, and pine. What you won’t find on the ingredients list of the better choices is the antibacterial triclosan, the germ-annihilating agent that is known to contaminate streams and freshwater ecosystems.  They’re also free of sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates (SLS and SLES), common foaming agents that can irritate sensitive skin. Rather, these washes rely on gentler cleansers derived from sugar and coconut oil, among other plant-based ingredients.  They battle both dirt and germs effectively-so your body doesn’t have to.

Just a few of the brands I like:

Aubrey Organics
Nature’s Gate
Kiss My Face
Eco Bella

Have a beautiful day!

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