Why Handmade Soap Is Better
5 reasons why handmade soap is better
Have you ever tried something new and knew at once that it was better than anything you have ever tried before? And now that you know it, there is just no way you could go back to using your old product? That is what it is like when you use natural handmade soap for the first time. Once you have used a handmade bar of natural soap, it is impossible to ever go back to feeling satisfied using commercial soap. It only takes one experience with real artisan soap to realize the difference. It just feels so much better on your skin.
Did you know that most commercial “soaps” are actually detergents and offer very few natural benefits to the skin? Synthetic detergents make these “soaps” a cosmetic rather than actual soap. Below are just a few of the reasons to switch to handmade soap.
Handmade soap is derived from raw natural sources such as plant-based oils and butters. Soap-making involves combining fats and oils with lye to form glycerin and fatty acid salts. Most commercial soaps you buy from the drugstore are not soap but detergents. These detergents are synthetic agents that often contain harsh chemicals and hardeners that can be irritating to the skin.
Soap is environmentally friendly because it is completely biodegradable, while detergents are non-biodegradable. Soap bars use little to no packaging, so you don’t have to contribute to the land-fill site with your empty bottle.
Glycerin is moisturizing
Soap contains glycerin which is a natural byproduct of the soap making process and is a wonderful humectant for the skin. This means that it draws and holds moisture to the skin leaving it supple and hydrated long after your shower and continues to attract moisture from the air to your skin throughout the day. Glycerin increases the permeability of the skin to help increase hydration, and it contributes to a creamy lather. Commercial soaps often have the glycerin removed to be sold as a lucrative byproduct and will, therefore, often leave your skin feeling dry.
Natural soap keeps all of the nourishing ingredients undamaged so that they moisturize rather than dry out the skin. The natural butters and oils help to heal and protect, offering vital vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients that contribute to healthy skin. Handmade soap can be made with herbs, milks, botanical extracts, salts, and essential oils which contribute to therapeutic properties and aromas.
Beauty and artistry
Artisan soap is designed and handmade in small batches by artists who put a ton of love and labor into each bar they create. Every bar is unique, beautiful, beneficial, and luxurious. The various ingredients in handmade soap can offer a lot of variety and options for those who have different skin types and unique preferences in texture and scent. In addition, when you buy handmade soap, you are supporting a small business in your community!