Ditto.I steer clear of commercial cosmetics as much as possible. But i do keep in mind its really much much more complicated than simply saying natural vs chemical.. for one all things are made up of elements/chemicals.. and toxicity is about dose not just exposure. Plenty of natural things contain elements that would kill us in sufficient quantities etc etc etc. Still i'd much rather keep it simple, plus i really just don't feel the desire to rub carbomer into my skin..
Those things are in there to make the soap more perfect/never go off and to me they just lose soul. I'd much rather use something from a true crasftsperson.. when its practical to do so of course. I don't need my cars hand built...
And everything in moderation.