Navigating the Chemical Maze: The Impact of Harmful Chemicals in Soaps and Shampoos and a Safer Alternative

Navigating the Chemical Maze: The Impact of Harmful Chemicals in Soaps and Shampoos and a Safer Alternative


One reason we're so passionate about GRÝS Skin Cream is that it is entirely chemicals-free.  Especially since having kids, we've been trying to eliminate as many chemicals as possible from our lifestyle.  

The modern consumer is surrounded by a plethora of personal care products, each promising a unique blend of benefits. However, lurking beneath the appealing packaging and enticing fragrances are often harmful chemicals that can have adverse effects on our health. This article delves into the hidden dangers of chemicals in soaps and shampoos, citing scientific studies to shed light on the potential risks they pose. We also spotlight a safer, chemical-free alternative for those seeking a healthier option.


Parabens are widely used as preservatives in shampoos and other personal care products. A study by N. Grabko, G. Vovkodav, A.-V. Krutiy reveals that parabens can accumulate in the body, leading to allergies, premature aging, nervous disorders, and cardiovascular diseases. The study recommends choosing products that are safer and free from harmful substances.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS):

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a surfactant found in many soaps and shampoos. It is known for its drying and sensitizing effects on the skin and its detrimental impact on aquatic life. Research by Jagtar Singh et al. emphasizes the need for biocompatible and eco-friendly alternatives to synthetic surfactants like SLS, which can be harmful to both humans and the environment.


Formaldehyde is another chemical often found in personal care products. Studies, such as the one by N. Grabko, G. Vovkodav, A.-V. Krutiy, have shown that it can have various adverse effects, including human toxicity and ecotoxicity, leading to regulatory bans and phase-outs in many products.


Phthalates, commonly found in shampoos and other personal care products, have been linked to adverse reproductive effects and breast carcinogenesis. A translational study by Kalpana Gopalakrishnan et al. reveals that low-dose exposure to diethyl phthalate (a type of phthalate) results in measurable genomic changes in breast tissue, indicating implications in breast carcinogenesis.

A Safer Alternative - PERMA-EARTH Shampoo Bar:


For those seeking a safer, chemical-free alternative, the body and hair shampoo bar by PERMA-EARTH offers a blend of non-toxic ingredients, including Saponified Fats of Local & Pasture-Raised Lard, Babassu Oil, Local Grass-Fed Raw Buttermilk, Extra-Virgin Cold-Pressed Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Abyssinian Oil, and Kaolin Clay. This product stands out as a beacon of safety in a market saturated with potentially harmful products, allowing consumers to maintain personal hygiene without compromising their health.

Our entire family uses the PERMA-EARTH unscented buttercream shampoo bar for both shampoo, soap, and shaving cream.  It doesn't behave like your typical shampoo and has a bit of a learning curve to use, but we all love it.  But more important, we love what it DOESN'T HAVE - parabens, formaldehyde, and phthalates!


The journey through the chemical maze of personal care products is fraught with potential hazards. The presence of harmful chemicals like parabens, SLS, formaldehyde, and phthalates in soaps and shampoos can have long-lasting adverse effects on our health and the environment. By opting for safer, chemical-free alternatives like the PERMA-EARTH shampoo bar, consumers can protect their well-being and contribute to a healthier planet.


  1. Assessment of the composition of some personal hygiene - N. Grabko, G. Vovkodav, A.-V. Krutiy, 2021.
  2. Formulation and Evaluation of Anti-Microbial Herbal Hand Wash Gel - Jagtar Singh, Mohit Sharma, Thakur Prava, Ritik Kaundal, Ritika Behl, Suryadev Tripathi, 2022.
  3. Gene expression profiles for low-dose exposure to diethyl phthalate - Kalpana Gopalakrishnan, V. Aushev, F. Manservisi, L. Falcioni, S. Panzacchi, F. Belpoggi, H. Parada, G. Garbowski, H. Hibshoosh, R. Santella, M. Gammon, S. Teitelbaum, Jia Chen, 2020.
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