Off hand, we might think that our skin is a protective layer, keeping bad things out of our body and bloodstream. But in fact the effectiveness of drug and nicotine patches demonstrate just how porous our skin really is. Many things we consider "soap" like shower gels and grocery store "beauty bars" are in fact not soap, but chemical brews made from synthetic detergents, that somehow were sold to us using the fiction that soap was bad for you and that a pretty smelling detergent was better for your skin! The FDA has approved over 70,000 chemicals for consumption, and most of them are actually toxic to us, or certainly irritate the skin. After years of using a supermarket deodorant bar, many believe that bar soap gives us dry itchy skin, but we promise you, eliminating those synthetic body washes and using a gentle natural soap will dramatically improve your skin's condition. Our Planet Soap believes choosing to not bath in chemicals is not only better for your body, it's gentler on the planet, by not adding chemicals and furthering the toxic load on our water system.