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Recently, we’ve been asked why we use titanium dioxide in our clean cotton and ocean goat milk soaps.  We add a tiny amount because those three soaps tend to take on a grey hue.  The titanium dioxide lightens the soap and makes them a lot prettier.  We feel that adding small amounts of titanium dioxide to soap is not a safety issue.

Nautical Goat Milk Soap
"I just received my second shipment of Goat Milk Stuff in the mail today. I literally ordered it 2 days ago and it is already that is excellent shipping. I ordered my husband the Nautical full bar of soap. I CANNOT stop sniffing this bar of soap. I think this is truly what most women want their man to smell like after showering. It is a very clean and aquatic type of fresh scent. It smells like an expensive men's cologne, I cannot put my finger on which one. I ordered the Black Raspberry soap and lotion stick for myself. He came home during his lunch break from work and smelled both and loved them too. He inhaled my Black Raspberry lotion stick deeply and he said wow now THAT smells good. I have suffered all my adult life with some sort of skin malady or another through the years. Initially, it was adult-onset acne. Then I got seborrhea (flaking) of the scalp. Then rosacea (redness) on my cheeks that comes and goes, so I definitely have sensitive skin. I will say since switching to only goat's milk soaps and lotion sticks, I have perfect skin. No redness, flaking or dryness. It really is miraculous. Now I have got my husband turned on to the goats' milk products too. I am so thankful to have found this wonderful family and their products. I will no longer buy from Victorias Secret or Bath and Body Works, as I see now that their products kept my skin so irritated. These products smell every bit as good and they actually cost less than the commercial brands. I can get this soap for I think it was around $6 and a shower gel at Bath and Body Works is $15. I am actually saving money, having better-looking skin, and no longer subjecting myself and my family to ingredients that are pure chemicals. Sorry for the long review, I just am so pleased I want the Jonas's to know how much their products do for my skin. Thanks again...." -The Wagner's

Some people have concerns about its use because there has been a lot of buzz lately about possible carcinogenic effects of titanium dioxide. It seems much of this stems from folks reading headlines without following up to read the articles.

Yes, it’s true that in April of 2011 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued an 86-page report detailing these possible effects. As so often happens, headline writers took some liberty in summarizing the report leading many people to believe that the titanium dioxide that they see as an ingredient in their bath & body products, cosmetics, toiletries and even food could be putting them at risk for cancer. This is not at all what the report states, implies, or construes.

Titanium dioxide has been problematic for rats forced to inhale large quantities, or who have had it injected directly into their trachea (thus bypassing the nasal filtering mechanisms). The study that conducted this research concluded that despite all of the rats’ troubles, the correlating risk to humans was negligible.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) used the data from the above study and decided that people who are working with titanium dioxide in a fine-particulate dust form could be at risk if they breathe too much of it. This, however, will not be a problem for anyone who has it in the soap they are using in the shower. So breathe easy; the few varieties of Goat Milk Stuff soap that contain tiny amounts of titanium dioxide (clean cotton and ocean) will not cause cancer when used properly. More summary information on all of this can be found here.

On a more positive note, well-known Natural Health proponent, Dr. Mercola has frequently and consistently endorsed the use of titanium dioxide on the skin:

“I’m not a big fan of sunscreen use on a regular basis; even when it works, it blocks your body’s natural production of vitamin D. But in situations where you must be out in the sun long enough to burn, be sure to use a product that protects against both UVA and UVB, such as Natural Sunscreen, which uses a titanium dioxide/zinc combination that reflects both types of rays — while also giving you a beautiful, glowing and healthy tan.” (What’s the Most Dangerous Part of Sun Exposure?)

So go ahead and use good soap from Goat Milk Stuff, even if the variety you love does have a little titanium dioxide in it to make it prettier.


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