Our Why

How We Started

Red Bird Natural Soap began to take shape in 2012 when our sister-in-law, Lisa McLean, was diagnosed with cancer.  From her desire to seek alternative treatments, and the knowledge she obtained and shared with us, we developed a passion to eliminate toxins and chemicals from our lives.

With the help and encouragement of a generous local soap maker, Lisa and I learned to create our own healthy, chemical free soap.   We began sharing it with our friends and family so they too could have access to pure, all natural soaps, but it wasn't until Lisa passed away that the passion grew into this business. Soap making became a way to grieve her loss, to heal emotionally and to promote our shared desire for a better world.

By creating a product that heals, protects and feeds the body instead of harming it like most conventional products do, we honor Lisa's legacy and we do our small but significant part in the fight against cancer and other modern diseases.

It is in Lisa's honor that we began this company and its in her honor that we give a portion of all profits to the Lisa McLean Memorial Fund as well as other local charities.

We Need An Alternative

Red Bird Natural Soap was created to give customers a choice when purchasing bath and body products.  Our products are made only with high quality ingredients you can recognize.  

We recommend you read your labels when purchasing any product, not just bath and body products.   Below are just a few of the chemicals being used in conventional bath and body products that you will NEVER find in our all natural, hand made products.  

DEA/MEA/TEA

Diethanolamine (DEA) is easily absorbed through the skin, and combines with the nitrate preservatives commonly added to soaps to create nitrosodiethanolamine (or NDEA). NDEA is a potent carcinogenic, and it is most strongly linked to the development of kidney and liver cancers. Pregnant women should be especially cautious of DEA, as it interferes with the body’s ability to absorb choline, which unborn children need for proper brain development. This also applies to triethanolamine (or TEA), which is a derivative of DEA. If you are pregnant or nursing you should definitely avoid this and all other toxic soap ingredients on this list.

Triclosan

Triclosan is a pesticide and antibacterial agent that is commonly added to hand soaps and shower gels, but it’s been implicated as one of the main contributors to the growing issue of antibiotic resistance. Triclosan is also capable of changing the levels of the female sex hormone estrogen, and this is a risk factor for the development of breast cancer in women.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is often found in shampoos, shower gels and soaps (as are chemicals that release formaldehyde, such as diazolidinyl urea). Exposure can cause respiratory disorders like asthma, promote chronic fatigue, lead to an irregular heartbeat or frequent headaches, result in sleep problems like insomnia and negatively impacting your immune system.

Dioxane

Dioxane is sometimes thought of as harmless because it is a synthetic derivative of coconut, but describing it in this apparently benign way is misleading. It is thought to cause cancer and it’s also toxic to the nervous system, liver, kidneys and brain 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium lauryl sulfate (or SLS) is an emulsifier and a detergent, and it is one of the most common dangerous ingredients added to cosmetics and other personal care products. It is also found in industrial cleaners and engine degreasers. When SLS combines with other common ingredients in personal hygiene products, it becomes something called a nitrosamine, which has carcinogenic properties.

Parabens

Parabens (propylparaben, methylparaben) are extremely common preservatives in hand soaps and shower gels, but a range of scientific studies have shown that there is a link between paraben exposure and breast cancer, because parabens are capable of mimicking the female sex hormone estrogen. They are also connected with neurological disorders due to nervous system toxicity, and can cause severe skin irritation (including painful rashes and local swelling).

Fragrance/Phthalates

‘Fragrance’ on product labels is misleading due to the fact that it is acceptable to print this one word no matter how many chemicals are actually added to create the distinctive smell of a product. Some fragrance ingredients cause irritating but relatively minor problems such as skin rashes, but others are linked to mood disorders, migraines, and severe dizziness.

Propylene Glycol (PEG)

Propylene glycol is found in shower gels, but it is also an ingredient in antifreeze, adhesives, paints, and rubber cleaners. While the FDA still considers it to be a safe addition to personal care products, recent scientific studies have shown a link between propylene glycol and dermatitis, widespread skin irritation, and liver or kidney abnormalities.