Why Handmade Soap
Much of the soap available in the store today is not really soap at all, but a detergent. Detergents are a petroleum-based product, like gasoline and kerosene. Have you ever noticed how regular soap leaves your skin feeling dry, itchy and tight? Alkali, the most common irritant in soap is often the culprit. Others ingredients in mass-marketed soap have been proven harmful to human health and can cause severe skin irritations in some people. These include ingredients such as artificial scents, DEA, Isopropyl Alcohol, BHT and Triclosan (commonly found in anti-bacterial soap). The most common ingredient in conventional bar soaps is sodium tallowate. It is the natural product of combining tallow (beef fat) with lye. The attractiveness of using tallow for mass producing soap is that it processes quickly, produces a hard bar of soap and is cheap and plentiful.
The New Bar on the Block
While there is nothing new about handmade soap, its popularity is growing rapidly. The sales of handmade soap continue to grow as part of society’s movement toward buying products that are healthy and good for the environment. With the ever-increasing use of synthetic chemicals and studies about their dangerous effects, consumers are on the lookout for more “green” alternatives.
Benefits of Soap Essential Handmade Soap
Evidence abounds of the healing properties of a well designed handmade bar of soap. Those who suffer from skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as people that have sensitive skin or are hypoallergenic often find immediate relief by switching to handmade soap. Many folks have dry, itchy and irritated skin, including athletes and older people. Compared to store bought soap, handmade soap is very mild. Our Handmade soaps are only made from vegetable-based oils, such as olive, coconut, and palm and do not contain the potentially harmful chemicals found in conventional bar soap (no Tallow used here). One of the biggest differences between commercial soap and handmade soap is glycerine. Glycerine is a clear liquid that absorbs water from the air and is a key factor in keeping skin soft and healthy. Glycerin in soap is especially good for sensitive and delicate skin, and for children. Glycerin is a high-quality by-product in the soap making process. However, many commercial soap manufacturers often extract the glycerin and sell it as a by-product to be used in higher priced products like lotions and skin creams. Without Glycerin, their soap will be very drying to the skin.