All German Soap Box soaps are free of triclosan. Unfortunately, many manufacturers still add triclosan (a chemical antibacterial agent) especially in liquid soaps, but does it make a soap any better?
Triclosan has been marketed as if it makes the product more effective. After all, aren't you made to feel like an educated and wise consumer, protector of your family and defender of all things germy & gross?
The Nov 2014 issue of UC San Diego Health System online news release stated "Triclosan is already under scrutiny by the FDA, thanks to its widespread use and recent reports that it can disrupt hormones and impair muscle contraction."
Part of this information was originally published in the Nov 17th Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences http://www.pnas.org/content/109/35/14158.abstract
and highlights three big concerns:
- Laboratory tests that also appear to be relevant in humans show that triclosan causes liver fibrosis and cancer.
- Triclosan is so widely used - in toothpaste, shame, soap, etc - and has even been found in 97% of breast milk in lactating women.
- Triclosan has demonstrated that it weakens the contractility of both cardiac and skeletal muscles.
An alarming numbers of other studies suggest that Triclosan is a growing environmental and health concern. In the August 13, 2012 issue of UC Davis News and Information, it states: “The effects of triclosan on cardiac function were really dramatic,” said Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, professor of cardiovascular medicine at UC Davis and a study co-author. “Although triclosan is not regulated as a drug, this compound acts like a potent cardiac depressant in our models.”
The FDA is currently reviewing the use of triclosan in soaps and should release their data results in 2016. In the mean time, Minnesota has passed the first statewide ban on triclosan in consumer soaps starting in 2017.
Is Triclosan worth all the concern? Considering that the American Medical Association doesn't even endorse the use of Triclosan due to the risk of promoting drug-resistant super-bugs, we say no. Besides, simple hand-washing with soap and water is still your best first defense against transmitting germs.