Why, you may ask, should I buy handmade soap when I can get more soap for less money at the super market? With brand name soap companies spending millions each year on misleading advertising, it’s understandable why a consumer may ask this question. The next time you walk down the soap aisle at your favorite store enjoying the fresh, clean scents and the bright colorful packaging, pay attention and look at the labels. The majority of products on the shelf don't say 'soap' on their labels. They might be called beauty bars, moisturizing bars, or body bars, but not soap. That's because these bars aren't actually soap and can't legally claim to be; they're detergents. Typical store bought, or “commercial” soaps, that may be labeled as “natural” are actually detergents that include chemical hardeners, foaming agents, and most of them have removed most of the 'good' stuff that occurs in the soap making process, and replaced it with synthetic lathering agents and harsh chemicals. These cheap, detergent bars are not only bad for your skin, but they're also bad for the planet, too.
Commercial soap manufacturers make it a practice to remove the glycerin that is produced during the saponification (soap-making) process. Glycerin is highly profitable, often sold to other companies who use it to make lotions and moisturizers. Once glycerin is removed from soap it will dry your skin. The very best reason to use handmade soap is the ingredients. Typically, handmade soap is made of vegetable oils, butters, clays, herbs that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients that are essential to healthy skin. Glycerin is added to our handmade soap recipe – it is even created during the soap making process! Glycerin is a precious emollient that softens and maintains water balance by attracting moisture to your skin. Handmade soap retains all of its natural glycerin glory and produces a rich and luxurious lather that.
Handmade soaps are made the old-fashioned way using sodium hydroxide, commonly known as lye. “Wait, is my soap made with lye?” Yes, it is by definition. All soaps are made with lye –no lye, no soap. There is no lye in the finished soap, but you can’t have bar soap that didn’t have lye in the process. Lye is what makes the soap, soap. Lye reacts with the oils and butters through a chemical process called saponification and the end result is soap. Each oil and butter requires a specific amount of lye to saponify so measurements have to be very exact.
Our soaps are made with skin-loving oils and butters along with heavy cream, milk, oats, real silk fiber, clay, vitamin E, appropriate herbs, goat milk, and fruits and vegetables. It’s so encouraging to hear from customers how many times handmade soaps have not only improved their skin, but changed their lives by relieving them of itchiness, dryness and various skin conditions. If you need help finding the right soap for your needs, don’t hesitate to ask us questions. We take pride in our ingredients and are excited to share our knowledge with you.
Natural soaps are biodegradable, environmentally friendly and do not originate from petroleum which does great harm to the environment! You can rest easy knowing that what goes down the drain won’t pollute our sweet Mother Earth further. So next time you reach for that expensive, fancy, miracle skin cleanser, stop for a moment and really think about what you are putting on the largest organ of your body and what that is actually doing internally as well as externally. Is it worth it? We don’t think so.