Guess what the largest organ of your dog's body is...that's right, it's their skin. Not only is it the largest organ, but it is also the most absorbent. This means that anything applied to your dog's skin or coat can be absorbed into their body. Consequently, it's important that we pay close attention to the products we use on our dog's skin, especially shampoos and conditioners. The problem is that typical commercial dog shampoos are often filled with synthetic chemicals and toxins that can be harsh on our pet's skin. Sure, some may even contain a few "natural" extracts to fool potential consumers into thinking they are safe, quality products. However, these are nothing but marketing gimmicks to con you into buying their products.
The list below shows just a few ingredients commonly found in commercial dog shampoos that can be harmful to your pup.
Laureth Sulfate and Lauryl Sulfate - Chemicals used to capture oil and dirt that also strip the natural oils from your dog's coat and skin causing skin irritations.
Cocomide DEA- A foam producing ingredient that is actually derived from coconuts. However, the substance has been chemically altered so much that it is actually an organ toxin.
Isopropyl Alcohol - Once absorbed, this chemical turns into acetone which is a nerve and liver toxin as well as a depressant.
Fragrances - These may smell great but artificial fragrances often lead to allergic reactions, among other things. Any scents in your dog shampoo should come from plant extracts or essential oils.
Artificial Colors - Some artificial colors have been associated with forms of cancer including D&C and Yellow 5.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone - Chemical additive used as an anti-fungal and preservative. It is a known carcinogen already banned in Japan and Canada.
The list goes on but I think you get the picture.
In addition to commercial shampoos, there are quite a few products that claim to be "all natural". Pay close attention to the ingredients as there is no control over use of the word "natural". Many of these products will list coconut base or natural plant based cleansers as an ingredient. Often, these bases still contain harmful ingredients such as laureth sulfate, propylene glycol and methylchloroisothiazolinone. Any reputable company that is truly committed to providing pure, 100% natural products that promote your dog's health will list all of the ingredients, including what makes up a "plant derived base".
At Tippett Creek Dog Soap, we strive to keep our products 100% natural and we formulate them specifically for dogs. Just read our ingredients listed in plain English and see for yourself. Better yet, take a look below at the complete listing of all of the ingredients used in our dog soap for an explanation of each ingredient and why we use it.
Shea butter is derived from the nut of the African shea tree. It is a triglyceride that is used in many different kinds of lotions, shampoos and salves. Shea butter is added to our dog soap because it contains unsaponifiable fats that do not turn into soap and therefore supply great moisturizing properties and creamy lather.
Coconut oil comes from the fruit of the Coconut Palm. It is used in a variety of health applications but for dogs, coconut oil can be very soothing. It contains lots of saturated fats and absorbs into the skin easily. We use coconut oil in our soap for its cleansing, lathering, and nourishing properties.
Palm oil is produced from the pulp portion of the fruit from the palm. It is used in many diverse skin care products. The addition of palm oil helps create a hard bar with creamy bubbles. We only use sustainable palm oil and our supplier is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization that supports sustainable palm oil production.
Olive oil is obtained from cold pressed olives. It is used in cooking, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Its fat composition high in monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E make it a very gentle moisturizer that will not block the skins natural functions. It helps promote shiny, silky, and lustrous coats.
Sunflower oil is derived from compressed sunflower seeds and is very high in essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6. It is commonly used in the cosmetic industry and has great emollient properties. Sunflower oil not only helps promote soft and smooth skin, but also helps to restore and protect skin in the future. It is high in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, which makes it particularly helpful for sensitive or dry skin.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is made from cold pressed dried kernels of the almond tree. It is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E. In shampoo bars, it helps condition, nourish and soften dog coats while relieving dry and itchy skin.
Castor oil is a form of vegetable oil that is derived by pressing the seeds of a castor oil plant. This oil is high in fatty acids and is readily absorbed into the skin. It acts as a humectant to attract and lock moisture to the skin. We use this in our shampoo bars to help soothe and moisturize skin and to promote soft, silky hair. It also helps provide a thick, conditioning lather in our soap bars.
Jojoba oil is a wax-like substance that comes from the distilled seeds of the jojoba plant. It is considered nature’s most effective natural moisturizer. We use this oil in our dog soap not only for it's nourishing properties, but also for its ability to improve the health of hair and increase shine.
Neem oil is cold pressed from the fruit of the Neem tree. It's a great additive to dog soap for its antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and insect repellant properties. Neem oil is thought to be effective in healing itchy skin and dandruff and regular use of products with Neem is said to promote hair health.
Aloe vera is a member of the lily family and resembles a cactus. The leaves are filled with a gel that contains minerals, enzymes, proteins, polysaccharides, and biological stimulators. Aloe vera in our dog soap contains soothing and emollient properties, while helping to promote a silky and healthy coat.
Honey is used in our shampoo bars to hydrate, soothe and soften your pup’s skin and hair. It also gives our soap a charming tan color and a sweet scent.
Oatmeal is used in many products for its soothing properties and we add it to some of our soap to help heal dry and itchy skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also calm dry and inflamed skin.
Calendula is commonly referred to as the pot marigold and consists of around 20 species of annual and perennial plants. Ground Calendula petals in our dog soap are used for their anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and skin-healing properties.
Rose hips are what remain after the rose petals fall off. They are full of Vitamin C and help promote tissue rejuvenation.
We use clay in our soap for gentle exfoliation and to help remove toxins from the skin. It also helps to naturally color and improve the lather in our soap bars.
Charcoal is activated through exposure to heat and steam which causes the carbon to form pockets in its surface. These pockets trap impurities and give it high absorptive properties. Soap bars with activated charcoal are great at deodorizing, degreasing, and removing toxins.
Yogurt is used in our soap bars for its moisturizing and soothing properties. It is very nourishing to skin and gives our soap a smoother texture.
Essential Oils - add a light scent as well as other skin care benefits
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is known to promote healing and ease inflammation. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. We use this essential oil in our bar to help soothe irritated skin and for its ability to help balance oily or dry hair.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is known for its refreshing, deodorizing properties and is also used as a natural insect repellent.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood essential oil is added to help heal skin problems and to act as a natural deodorizer and insect repellent.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli essential oil is an effective anti-inflammatory agent. We use this in our bars for its ability to relieve itchy skin and to help with dandruff.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Sweet orange essential oil is added for its antibacterial and astringent properties. Citrus oils are also known to help refresh and cleanse skin and hair.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil has long been used in the Eastern medicine for its astringent properties that help to treat skin irritation and inflammation. We add it to our dog soap for its ability to add fullness and shine to hair while soothing skin.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit essential oil is added for its antibacterial and astringent properties. Citrus oils are also known to help refresh and cleanse skin and hair.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is added for its antibacterial and natural deodorizing properties. It also is known to help prevent dandruff and promote healthy skin