05 May, 2011

Why Handmade Soap?

A lot of people wonder why in the world I would want to make soap. They see the "soap" they can buy at the supermarket and think that Handmade Soap couldn't possibly get them as clean, or wonder why they should pay so much more for some thing handmade than something they can buy at any store in the country for as cheap as a couple of quarters.

So, here is an explanation for why you can benefit from using handmade soap.
First of all most of the "soap" you see at the store is not really soap, it is man made, often petroleum based detergents, hence the names like beauty bars or cleansing bars. These detergents are made to foam and make lots of bubbles and they do get you clean, however they also strip the natural oil mantle that protects your skin, and keeps it from drying out, often leaving you feeling like you need a good moisturizer when you are done bathing.

Handmade soap gives your skin the benefit of being made with ingredients that are derived from nature such as olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, shea butter.... the list could go on forever. They also retain the natural by-product of soap making, glycerine, which is a natural skin soothing emollient. Each one of the oils that are in handmade soap are carefully chosen for the qualities it will add to the soap and the overall bathing experience. All of this takes a lot of time, research and trial & error. Soap makers spend years perfecting their craft.

Any one who uses a good quality handmade soap has a hard time believing how much softer and nicer their skin feels and looks at first. Many tell me the more they use it, the softer their skin feels and the less they have to use lotion. After a bar or two they can't go back to "store" soap because they get dry and itchy after using it.

I make soap because it is an earth friendly product, it is a healthier option and I have full control and knowledge of what goes onto my skin. And because it is my creative outlet. :)

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