I've been using handcrafted soap for years. I still remember my first bar, Carly gave as a gift. It was so magical especially as I used a commercial bar full of chemicals.
Here's a list of ingredients found in my commercial soap-
Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Chloride,Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Maltol, Titanium Dioxide
But to my surprise the ingredients are only part of the problem. I was surprised and saddened by the amount of plastic packaging found in the soap aisle of my local grocery store. First, liquid soaps have taken over from bar soaps. There may be times when liquid makes practical sense but it's not good for our environment. Bottle after bottle of plastic to keep us clean while our world gets more polluted.
Even bar soaps packaged in cardboard boxes were wrapped in plastic. It's really tough to reduce your plastic consumption and one easy way is to use a hand crafted, low packaged bar of soap.