Why handmade soap vs cheaper commercial soaps?
Generally, commercial "soaps" are full of chemical additives; additives that not only dry out your skin, but can lead to rashes and other irritations.This is not only because of the synthetic additives in the soap, but also because most soap companies take the glycerin out of their soap. The commercial soap bars that you will find on most commercial stores’ shelves are actually not soap, but synthetic detergents. While that's OK for your dishes, it's not very good for your skin. If you read the ingredient labels though, the soap is still primarily made with synthetic ingredients.
Commercial soaps over time seem to leave your skin feeling very dried out, or sometimes way to oily & feeling like its never clean enough. Hand crafted Soap, in its purest true form, gently cleanses away excess oils and bacteria, but doesn't strip your skin of its natural oils. Its amazing how your skin and hair will feel. Your skin will feel naturally hydrated and your hair will naturally shine.
So what is soap? Yes, it is a cleaning agent for your body that helps remove all the dirt and grime that your skin picks up. However, there are lots more to soap than just that. Soap is made with ingredients that are good for your skin! In the handcrafted soap making process, oils and fats are combined with lye (sodium hydroxide) to produce soap and glycerin. ALL soap is made with lye. Saponification is the chemical reaction created by combining these oils or fats with lye and water. In the process of saponification, lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. Although all soaps are made with lye, when made correctly, there is NO LYE remaining in the final bar of soap. Whether your soap is manufactured by large corporations, or smaller handcrafted soap makers as myself, the above rings true, regardless.
The resulting reaction creates soap and glycerin. Soap cleanses the skin while glycerin moisturizes it. Many of our handmade soaps also contain butters and other oils to increase the moisturizing effect of the soap and herbs and other natural items for an exfoliant. Glycerin is naturally produced during the soap making process.
So next time when you bath or shower think about the "diet" that you have your skin on. Is it healthy, or is it more like JUNK FOOD? Is it full of toxic chemicals, preservatives and/or dangerous things that can accumulate over years of use? Have you ever thought about that? Natural handcrafted soap will “feed” your skin. Natural soap doesn’t just leave you with a great feeling skin, it is also a great peace of mind.
Your skin will be softer, less itchy, nourished, moisturized, with a silky smooth feeling! Who doesn't want that?