Shmutzies Handmade Soap in Bucks County
Why your skin loves handmade soap more than commercial soap
Handmade, homemade, and natural are all terms that have gained more popularity in recent times. Millions of people, around the globe, are gradually 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 that has influenced the soap and bath products industry as well. Items such as handmade bar soap, body butters, and natural products are freely available now and are being preferred by people from a mix of demographic groups.
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 lavender and lemongrass with therapeutic effects, to natural exfoliants such as sea salt and coffee.
These ingredients make handmade soaps attractive to most consumers because of the many health benefits they carry. For everything from ensuring healthy skin to addressing issues such as dry skin, handmade soaps are becoming more widely used.
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. True soap is classified as one that is created using the process of saponification. This involves combining an oil with an alkali. 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.
Glycerin is highly valued as a humectant as it ensures that the skin remains moisturized. Also, the gentle, non-detergent soap component of handmade soaps ensures that the surface of the skin is cleansed of dirt and excess oils without stripping away the skin’s natural film of oil.
In commercial soaps, the glycerin is taken out and used, instead, in higher-priced products such as lotions and creams. The use of these commercial soaps, devoid of glycerin, removes the skin from moisture and natural oils. This in turn leads to dryness and other skin issues such as flakiness and itchiness.
The benefits of using handmade soap are numerous as we’ve already discovered. Also, with the growing emphasis on handmade products, as well as a more natural and sustainable lifestyle being chosen by millions worldwide, a greater appreciation has also come about for the craft of soap making and handmade soaps.
As handmade soaps are mostly produced in small batches, there is an artisanal element to them which consumers have come to value. From the natural colors and fragrant essential oils of these soaps to their rustic look and feel, and even the aesthetic thought gives to their packaging, handmade soaps offer a lot more in terms of value to the consumer.
This is why many of us would gladly give a loved one a bar of handmade soap as a gift, while we’ll almost never think of doing the same with a brand of commercial soap! The quality of the natural ingredients used, the workmanship involved and the smaller facilities mean that handmade soaps often retail at a higher price than commercial soaps. But for what is a product of higher standard, with numerous health and beauty benefits, more and more consumers are willing to pay for handmade and natural soaps.