A large majority of people have never used handmade soap before. In fact, most people have never used soap before. Wait…what?
The ingredients in some commercial bars on the market make them ineligible to be called and advertised as soap. According to the FDA website, when a product is defined as soap
If you take a look at commercial products sold in stores, it’s likely you won’t find the term “soap” on the package. Commercial soap sold in stores is often made with chemical detergents, hardeners and synthetic lathering agents. Some of these ingredients can be drying or irritating on the skin. On the other hand, handmade soap created with oils, liquid and lye does not contain these harsh ingredients and qualifies as ‘soap.’
Handmade soap preserves the integrity of the oils/fats/butters. Coconut oil goes in, coconut oil comes out. Shea butter goes in, shea butter comes out. Because of this, the oils/fats/butters maintain their vitamins, minerals and skin-loving qualities in the final soap.
Handmade soap also contains glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture from the air to the skin. It’s produced naturally during the soap making process. It’s one of the things that make handmade soap so amazing! Some commercial soaps remove the glycerin from the bars and sell it to make lotions and creams. Without glycerin, commercially prepared soap isn’t nearly as skin loving, and can leave the skin feeling dry.
Hand made soap is made with skin-loving oils, such as coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil. This combination of oils is what makes each bar completely unique. The great thing about handmade soap is that we can customize it to feel exactly how you like it. Love a bubbly and stable lather? Add some castor oil! Prefer a mild, small lather? Use a high percentage of olive oil.