Natural Soap Is A Better Choice
Why natural soap is a better choice for your skin
Handmade, artisanal, natural, and homemade are all terms that have gained more popularity in recent years. They all describe one thing: a bar of soap.
Millions of people around the globe are moving from consumer goods conglomerates to small-scale producers for their essential needs. This is a pattern that has influenced the soap and bath products industry as well. Items like bar soap are freely available now and are being preferred by people from a mix of demographic groups. Shmutzies is a small natural soap company in Bucks County that you may consider checking out!
Benefits of natural soap
Handmade and natural soaps are being preferred primarily because of the natural ingredients in them. From olive oil and coconut oil to butters that are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, essential oils such as lemongrass and thyme with therapeutic effects, to natural exfoliants such as sea salt and coffee. A wide array of natural ingredients is used in handmade soaps.
Natural soap is “true”
One of the primary reasons that handmade and natural soaps are in high-demand is because they are regarded as ‘true soaps’ and not detergents. A true soap is classified as one that is created using the process of saponification. This involves combining an oil such as olive oil or coconut oil with an alkali such as lye (sodium hydroxide). This results in a chemical reaction that binds the two ingredients together and this is called saponification. This leads to the formation of soap, glycerin, and water.
The natural occurrence of glycerin in the process of making handmade soaps is one reason why they are widely preferred over commercial soaps. Glycerin is highly valued as a humectant as it ensures that the skin remains moisturized. This glycerin is used, by big box producers, in higher-priced products such as lotions and skin creams. The use of these commercial soaps, devoid of glycerin, removes the skin of moisture and natural oils. This in turn leads to dryness and other skin issues such as flakiness and itchiness. Most of what we call ‘soap’ is actually not soap at all!
Quality of natural soap
The benefits of using natural soap are numerous. With the growing emphasis on handmade products, as well as more natural and sustainable lifestyle choices by people worldwide, a greater appreciation has also come to light for the craft of soapmaking and handmade soap. As handmade soaps are mostly produced in small batches, there is an artisanal element to them which consumers have come to value.
Handmade soaps are made on a smaller scale production and, therefore, less impactful on the environment. Consumers take a great deal of confidence in knowing that the simpler processes and smaller facilities employed in the production of handmade soap, translate to little to no waste. Handmade soap is also cruelty-free. Also, purchasing handmade soap is a direct way to support your local community and small-scale businesses, rather than large corporations.
At Shmutzies, we make every bar of soap with love and laughter. We want that to reflect that in our product and allow you to fall in love with natural soap. Give natural soap a try today and see how wonderful it is for your skin and why it really is the better choice.