Why Buy Handmade?
A common question we hear is “why should I buy your handcrafted soap when I can get more soap for less money at the grocery store?”
Well there are several reasons. First generally, the commercial soaps offered at most chain stores are full of chemical additives, additives that dry out your skin, lead to rashes and other irritations, and have been proven to be harmful to your health. Commercialized soap is drying not only because of the synthetic detergents but because most soap companies take the glycerin out of their soap. The commercial soap bars that line most grocery stores’ shelves cannot even, legally, be called soap because they are actually synthetic detergents are absolutely horrible for your skin.
Our handmade soap is soap in its true, pure form. It gently cleanses away excess oils and bacteria, but doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils.
If a commercial soap company does put in some natural healthy ingredients in its synthetic detergent hand bar, they do so in such small quantities that they provide next to zero benefits besides the benefit to them to be able to advertise that they contain such ingredients. Its main purpose is to catch the eye of the consumer and give them the illusion that their hand detergent is more natural. If you read the ingredient labels though, the soap is still primarily made with synthetic ingredients.
Using commercial soaps over time leave your skin dried out, or way to oily, and feeling like its never clean. Our natural handmade soap can restore the moisture to your skin, while still getting you clean. You will be amazed at the difference of our handmade soap to the average commercialized hand/body bar!
Our handmade soap is made with simple ingredients that are good for your skin. In the handcrafted soap making process, oils and fats are combined with lye to produce soap and glycerin. Some may question the use of lye in handmade soap. The simple truth is that all soap is made with lye. What needs to be made clear is that once the process of saponification is complete, all of the lye and oil molecules have completely combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. All bar soaps are made with lye, however, when made correctly, there is no lye remaining in the final bar of soap. Whether your soap is manufactured by large corporations, or smaller handcrafted soap makers, the above mentioned is true, regardless. Lye must be used to make the soap, but there should never be any remaining lye in the final bar to hurt the skin. Saponification is the chemical reaction created by combining these oils or fats with lye and water.
Soap is made by adding water, oil and butters together, along with Sodium Hydroxide which is lye. The chemical reaction is called saponification. The soap maker must calculate the correct amount of lye for the specific oils used in each recipe. If too much lye is used, the bar may be hard and crumbly. If too little, the bar becomes soft and will become rancid faster, due to the natural oils & butters that are used in handmade soap.
Saponification is a chemical reaction that takes place when oil is mixed with an alkali solution, such as sodium hydroxide (lye), water & oils or butters. In other words, the oil and lye combine to make soap. When the proper amounts are used at the proper temperatures, the lye and oil are completely changed by the chemical reaction into pure soap which is Sodium Stearate and Glycerin. Generally, we use slightly more oil resulting in a soap that is more moisturizing for your skin and ensuring that all of the lye is used up in the curing process.
Pure handmade soap cleanses the skin while glycerin moisturizes it. Many of our handmade soaps also contain butters and other oils to increase the moisturizing effect of the soap and herbs and other natural items for an exfoliate. Glycerin is naturally produced during the soap making process.
Glycerin, in fact, costs more than soap, which is the reason most soap companies remove the glycerin from the soap and sell it to manufacturers of lotion, cosmetics, and other bath and body products. We do not remove the glycerin from our handcrafted soap, so when you purchase soap made by us, it contains all of the naturally occurring glycerin. With our handcrafted soap you get a fabulous cleanser and a moisturizer all in one, which was created to be healthy, cleansing, moisturizing and refreshing to your skin.