Handmade soap is full of skin-loving properties and should become part of your daily skincare routine. Here are three reasons why you should ditch that bar of store-bought soap for good and make the switch to homemade natural soap!
1. Handmade Soap is Moisturizing
A natural byproduct of the soap making process is glycerin. Glycerin is a skin moisturizer, emollient (skin softener) and a humectant (draws moisture to it). When made traditionally, soap contains glycerin which hydrates the skin while bathing.
Commercially-produced (or store-bought) soaps are commonly processed to extract the glycerin. The removed glycerin is then manufactured in other profitable products such as lotions and creams. Soap without glycerin is harsh and drying; using it can lead to excessively dry, itchy and ashy skin.
Handmade soaps retain their natural glycerin, therefore providing a key ingredient needed to prevent dry skin. As an added bonus, our handmade soaps are made with an intense moisturizer called grass fed tallow.
2. Handmade Soaps Contain Better Ingredients
Soap manufactured for mass distribution contains synthetic ingredients that are cheap to fabricate in a lab. Unfortunately, these artificial ingredients are disastrous for our endocrine, immune, reproductive and respiratory systems, not to mention what they do to our skin. Many of these toxic materials, such as propylene glycol, have known side effects such as dermatitis (skin rashes) and eczema. Many of these toxins are foolishly added to soap to produce desired results such as increased lather, stability and creaminess.
Handmade soaps on the other hand are typically made using natural ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, grass fed tallow and shea butter which are gentle and nourishing to the skin. The artisan's choice of ingredients determines whether the soap has a rich, creamy lather or soft, airy bubbles. To harden the soap, the artisan may add more olive oil; to give it tons of bubbles, castor oil may be added. With experience and time, the soap comes out just right using nature’s finest ingredients, not harsh chemicals.
Fragrance oils vs. Essential Oils
Another major difference is the addition of essential oils versus fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are artificial scents that are used in many products from soap to body washes, candles, lotions, perfumes, laundry detergent and dryer sheets (actually, the list goes on and on). While the FDA allows manufacturers to list only "fragrance" as an ingredient, each fragrance can contain thousands of chemicals, some of which are the most toxic in the skincare industry.
Essential oils on the other hand are 100% pure oils extracted from plant material. When essential oils are applied to the skin or inhaled when showering with soap, they release a symphony of aromas that have been known to cause positive psychological effects. By choosing soaps made with essential oils, you naturally gain the mental/emotional/spiritual benefits of nature's luxurious gifts while smelling amazing! This is NOT the case with fragrance oils which merely impart an artificial scent.
3. Handmade Soap is Unique
Store-bought soaps are mass-produced in factories that value maximizing their profits at the expense of the average man/woman. Every single bar is identical; in fact if a bar is found that isn’t, it’s considered defective and tossed. This sterile, assembly-line style of producing soap cannot invoke the same kind of magic as a homemade natural soap.
Handmade soap is 100% unique. Slight variances such as temperature, humidity, the flick of the artisan’s wrist and the angle the soap falls into the mold guarantees not one bar of soap will ever be the same. Natural ingredients vary based on growing conditions. Climate, geographical location and time of year all effect how the final harvest is reaped. Handmade soap is much different in texture and feel than a store-bought soap and the way it lathers, smells and cleanses show how unique and marvelous it truly is.
Handcrafted by Artisans
While each and every bar comes out looking slightly different, the true nature of uniqueness comes from those who make the soaps themselves. Handmade soap is made by artisans who value their craft, who have suffered through failure and embraced the growth that comes from life's lessons. Their workshops are brimming with authenticity and pride. Their hands have taken on the pains and quirks of their craft and their attitude is one of confidence and consistency.
Similarly, your home is your kingdom with its one-of-a-kind style that showcases your values and past experiences. It deserves a bold and intense, yet nurturing and cleansing bar of soap! You work hard to nurture and protect your family, we work hard to make sure what you put on your skin is pure. What better way to moisturize your skin, flood your senses with aromatherapy and embrace the uniqueness of life, than by using our amazingly complex yet wonderfully simple handmade soaps!
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