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Controversial Additives—Or Why We Love Glitter and Beads

Who doesn’t love glitter?  All the best things in life are sparkly, right?

Actually…environmental activists are not always down with glitter, particularly in cosmetics and wash-off products like soap.

But…glitter can be a bad thing.  Not all glitters are skin safe.  Some of those that are can be used externally only—which means they aren’t safe for bath bombs.  Some skin-safe glitters are made with plastics. Some of these are technically biodegradable, though not within the lifetime of an average human.  It can be a mine-field

What about microbeads? In 2012, it was discovered that the Great Lakes were positively teeming with plastic microbeads.  At the time, these “moisture” beads could be found in liquid shower soap, shampoos and conditioners, lotions, face creams, and more.  We Michiganders (Michiganians?) take our lakes pretty seriously. But it wasn’t until 2015 that a national ban on microbeads went into effect. 

Scared Soapless loves glitter, and we love microbeads.  But we also love skin, the Great Lakes, and the rest of the earth.  What’s a socially conscious small business to do?

Happily, we found some great suppliers that carry a wide array of skin-safe glitters for soaps—and even safer glitters to make your bath water beautiful.  Biodegradable eco-glitter is safe for skin, wildlife, fish, and water.  We feel good about using them—and you’ll love all our glittery spooky products. 

And that’s not all.  We also found beautiful colored jojoba beads.  They’re entirely plant-based and filled with dreamy jojoba oil.  Because scary-looking soaps should still leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and awesome. 

You may still hear people say that glitter is environmentally unsound or that microbeads are killing our lakes.  But you should know that we’re way ahead of that noise, and our soaps are still glittery and cool.