As I go out to sell my soap, I often have people ask, “What makes your soap so special?” First and foremost, it is all natural. The ingredients that I use are: vegetable shortening, olive oil, coconut oil, water, lye and fragrance oil. Everything other than the fragrance oil are all food grade product in their natural state. The oils that I use are safe for your skin and both and help nourish the skin. I always use the same ingredients in all of my bars of soap, even if I add a colorant or botanicals.
As for the manufactured soap, here is a list of the ingredients for a couple or different soaps.
For Irish Spring they are:
Soap (Sodium Tallowate and/or Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate and/or Sodium Palm Kernelate), Water, Glycerin (skin conditioner), Hydrogenated Tallow Acid, Coconut Acid, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Pentasodium, Pentetate, pentaerythrityl Tera-di-Butylhydroxyhydrocinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, D&C Green No. 8 and FD&C Green No. 3.
For a bar of Dove white soap, the ingredients are:
Sodium Lauroul Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Sodium Tallowate or Sodium Palmitate, Water (Aqua), Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
We could go on with any number of different soaps.
In both of these soaps are tallow, a beef or animal fat, or palm oil, and coconut oil or palm kernel oil, both have been mixed with lye or sodium hydroxide. There is water and a fragrance, as well as some colorants in both of them. One of the colorants is titanium dioxide, which makes the soap white. After these few items, I have no idea what they are or why they would be in soap.
So in keeping with my motto, keep it simple, I would opt for the all-natural soap any day. You will find that most people who make homemade soaps will use great ingredients that are as natural as you can get. Stop by my website and see all the wonderful fragrances that are available.