How to shop for soap? What do you mean how to shop for soap? Go to the grocery store and go to the soap aisle! Haha oh you silly non-existent nay-sayer, it’s not that easy.
First of all, most of what you find in a grocery store or drugstore “soap” aisle is going to be detergent based. They’re cheaper and faster to manufacture with less fuss. If you’re fine with that, fine. The rest of this article isn’t for you.
If you want soap soap, really actual real soap, you’re going to need to read ingredients. But before that, you’re going to need eyes. Using your eyes, look at the product. Is it solid or liquid? Liquid? Probably a detergent. Not true in all cases, don’t yell at me Dr Bronner’s fans. You can find liquid soap, but that means the soap has been diluted in water. If convenience is your demand, go for it. I like concentrated block soaps. I’ll dilute it my damn self, thankyouverymuch!
So take those big bottles of liquid cleansers and chuck them out. Find bar soaps. You’re probably staring vacantly at a 6-pack of Dial Gold. Look at the ingredients. Hm… wait a second, that’s not soap at all! That’s a detergent bar! Remember the slogan from my previous entry: Soap: It’s 2 Things. Neither of those 2 things is listed. No sodium hydroxide, no oil, NO SOAP! Right?
Now, to be fair (and I’m editing to be fair because I felt a little guilty about skimming over this information) the ingredients list sodium tallowate and sodium coconate. That’s another way of indicating the results of saponified tallow and coconut oil. Yeah, it’s soap, but the addition of the remaining items in the list make it less soap and more soap-ish. It’s soapish.