Last week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) banned the sale of soaps containing antibacterial chemicals. According to the FDA, there isn’t enough science to prove that antibacterial soaps are better than washing with plain soap and water. There are concerns that overuse of antibacterial agents, such as triclosan, can have potential risks to humans from long term exposure. Triclosan is not only found in antibacterial soaps. It is added to many consumer products, like clothing, furniture, and toys. According to The New York Times, studies done on animals exposed to triclosan show that high levels can disrupt their reproductive system and metabolism, and warn that the effects could be the same in humans. Additionally, there is a concern that overusing these types of chemicals may contribute to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
What does this all mean for the consumer? First, wash your hands with plain soap and water to help prevent the spread of germs. Hand soaps without antibacterial chemicals will be easy to find. But if you’ve ever read the ingredient list on your bar soap, hand lotion, or lip balm, you know that this recent ban will not clear up any confusion about what IS in your soap.
At New Canaan Olive Oil, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with real, wholesome products that are good for our bodies - inside and out. Since 2013, we have proudly showcased Olive My Skin, a local line of skincare products made with real ingredients, such as olive oil, avocado oil, oats, and fresh herbs.