With the massive selection of dish soaps available on the market, things can get a bit overwhelming. Where can I buy a proven, effective dish soap that is gentle on my skin, the environment and my purse?
Enter Puracy Natural Dish Soap, a dish soap the company themselves claim I the current the #1 customer rated liquid dish soap on Amazon.
Puracy is a company based in Austin, Texas. All of their products are designed and developed in the USA and they are determined to create “natural” safe products that perform. After a glance through their site, it is very clear they (unlike the majority of their competition) believe in complete transparency of the ingredients used in their products.
They even cover the fact that the FDA has no true definition of “natural” so they then disclose their interpretation of it and how they apply it to their products, “To Puracy, a ‘natural ingredient’ means it started from a natural, renewable source found in nature with absolutely no petroleum compounds.
I reviewed their laundry detergent a while back, and while they strive for natural, there were one or two surprises in that detergent. I was genuinely hoping that wasn’t the case here.
This is a company I genuinely want to like!
The company stack up, how does this look?
At first glance, this seems like any other dish soap. Opening the bottle was a surprise – it smells like a cologne. I’ve never smelled Green Tea and Lime together before, but I didn’t expect it to smell like this.
Inside the bottle is an almost completely clear liquid with a slight yellow tint to it. In water, I could smell only lime initially but the smell of green tea genuinely did develop with the suds. Impressive!
Does it wash as well as it smells?
I used a wonderfully caked on knife from rib goo as my first sample wash.
As my second, a glass Tupperware container that had pasta sitting in it a bit too long in the fridge.
Most “natural” cleaners do compromise on performance, so I wasn’t expecting this dish soap to clean these effectively. I applied a nice pea-sized amount on my scrub brush (I prefer a brush for anything I wash by hand) and I did not even need to let either dish sit. This stuff works and smells like a dream. It worked as well as any dish soap I’d used in my life. Look at the pictures for proof! I was considering taking a subscription at this point.
It looks good, smells good and washes well. What is it made of?
The vast majority of ingredients are plant derived
Puracy uses 6 different gentle surfactants to get this level of washing performance. They’ve also added a number of skin softeners – all plant-based – to soothe the skin while washing.
All good so far.
The company achieved the green tea/lime scent by using what they term a natural fragrance. This isn’t a term I particularly like – some of the worst fragrances that cause contact dermatitis are from natural sources. The EU has stipulated that all European manufacturers must call out these allergens, but no such regulations exist in the USA. If you’re sensitive to fragrances, I would wear gloves if you use this.
However, the most surprising ingredient was saved until last. The preservative Puracy insist on using is neither natural, gentle or safe. It’s a synthetic preservative called Benzisothiazolinone which can affect the immune system, can cause chronic contact dermatitis and is also a volatile organic compound linked to asthma and a whole host of other airborne nasties. While it does biodegrade quickly, there is evidence that is can be toxic to marine life in some applications.
Why a company like Puracy persist in using this I will never quite understand. There are so many effective plant-based gentle preservatives out there.
For such a well-formulated dish soap, the addition of the Benzisothiazolinone is such a disappointment.
It looks great, smells amazing and washes as well as any dish soap I’ve used in my life. 99% of this formula is plant-based, gentle and biodegradable. So why Puracy have added a harsh synthetic preservative like Benzisothiazolinone is almost bizarre.
If you’re sensitive to fragrances, wear gloves. If you’re sensitive to any of the Thiazoles, I would stay well clear.
With a teak here and there to the formulation, this could have been a 5 star review.