Guelph Soap Company: Measuring up Against David Suzuki's Dirty Dozen

The boys in my house use Guelph Soap Co. Inc. Soaps. My husband especially loves these super affordable ($1.29/bar) natural soap bars. The Guelph Soap Co. is not particularly focused on sustainability, but this soap has proved the most effective, economical 'natural' bar we’ve found so far.

Measuring up against the Dirty Dozen standard:
BHA and BHT: N
Coal tar dyes: N
DEA-related ingredients: N
Dibutyl phthalate: N
Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: Y
Parabens: N
Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance): Y
PEG compounds: N
Petrolatum: N
Siloxanes: N
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS): N
Triclosan: N


The soaps contain 2 of the Dirty Dozen. Parfum: which may cause allergic reactions for some. As I mentioned in my Kiss My Face Review, natural AND synthetic fragrances can cause allergic reactions ranging from mild to severe. I enjoy scented products, always purchasing scented over unscented. Although we have allergy sufferers in our house, we haven’t had any issues with The Guelph Soap Co. Inc. soaps (related to fragrance or otherwise). 


These bars also contain Tetrasodium Etridonate & EDTA which fall under 'Formaldehyde releasing preservatives'. These ingredients come from Formaldehyde, and can be considered carcinogens. Look for these in particular in ‘natural’ products, as they’re often used as a safer alternative to other nasty preservatives. While lesser known than some of the Dirty Dozen,  Tetrasodium Etridonate & EDTA are still potentially harmful (and not really ‘natural’). 


Although my husband might rate them at a higher quality (he really does love these soaps), the bars don’t last long. We’ve tried other great natural bar soaps that are larger, thicker, and last longer but they’re generally always at least three times the price. My family tries various things to see what works for us, and what we can live with. For the boys? Guelph Soap Co. bar soap is the way to go.


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