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Softsoap Lavender and Chamomile: Look at the label

Softsoap’s Lavender and Chamomile liquid soap is one of the top selling products on Amazon.com. Looking at the label you’ll see that it contains neither lavender nor chamomile. Is this misleading or even illegal?

The answer depends on what they claim about the product. Here’s what they say:

“Soothe your spirit while cleansing hands. The relaxing scent of lavender, fresh from the field, entwines with tender chamomile flowers. Brings a moment of calm to stressful days and helps leave skin feeling soft.”

Read the claims closely and you’ll see that they only claim that the product provides the scent of lavender and chamomile. While you may assume these botanicals are added to the product, all that’s really required is a fragrance based on these flowers (or based on other fragrance notes that çreate a similar smell). Many manufacturers will include some of the title extract but it’s certainly not required. In fact you might even consider it refreshing that Softsoap DOESN’T insult your intelligence by adding these extracts since they don’t do anything in this kind of formula anyway!

Softsoap Lavender and Chamomile Liquid Soap ingredients

Water, Sodium C14 16 Olefin Sulfonate, Lauramide DEA, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polyquaternium 7, Glycerin, PEG 7 Glycerol Cocoate, Benzophenone 4, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Ext D&C Violet 2 (CI 60730)

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  • Eileen March 15, 2014, 8:36 pm

    This seems like much ado about nothing. The product clearly states it contains a lavender and chamomile scent–the operative word being scent. Most soaps and soft soaps are perfumed and don’t actually contain the various fruits, flowers, etc. that are evoked by the scent. There’s no deception here.

    • Randy Schueller March 16, 2014, 10:59 am

      I agree, Eileen, that this isn’t a big deal. But I’m not sure that most people realize that products don’t contain the actual natural extracts that are named on the label. If anything, that’s the point of this post. (Plus it’s Saturday and I was feeling lazy.)

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