Why Use Natural Handmade Soap?

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Why Wouldn’t You Take Special Care of Your Largest Organ?

Skin covers 20 square feet of the human body and works as the largest human organ protecting the body from dehydration, temperature, infection and harmful substances. Handmade soaps give skin the care it deserves and makes bathing a gentle, soothing experience. Some handmade soaps can be extremely healing as well.

 

Handmade Soap Offers Healing & Curative Properties

Handmade soap is created by a chemical reaction between oils, water and lye and is the oldest cleanser around. Although lye is used to make soap there is no lye left after saponification (the chemical reaction that makes soap) is complete. Different soaps are made using a variety of different oils. Both animal & plant oils can be used in the soap making process, each adding different qualities to the soap.

Unlike conventional soap, handmade soap often contains healing properties due to the lack of chemicals in the ingredients. Because handmade soap is made with natural ingredients obtained from plants, trees, herbs and flowers, their essential oils contain healing and curative properties in addition to natural aromatic fragrances. When such essential oils are added to these soaps, common skin disorders like acne, eczema and psoriasis can be treated.

 

Why Use Natural Handmade Soap?

The benefits of using handmade soap are many: simpler ingredients, fewer chemicals, natural vegetable oils instead of animal fats. All these things are important to many people today. The reasons to use a more natural, handmade product are not always obvious, however. Read on to learn more.

We live in a day and age where the technological advances are many. Cell phones, microwave breakfast, instant potatoes, digital TV, radios the size of a credit card. Many of these great developments in technology are there to make our lives easier. However, when it comes to skin care and the ingredients you put on your skin, technology is probably not what you had in mind!

 

Why is Handmade Natural Soap So Special?

Natural soaps that are handmade with accurate measurements, natural and organic ingredients far exceed the quality of commercial soap. Handmade soap involves a very simple chemical reaction between oils (or fats) and lye (sodium hydroxide for bars). All soap is made with lye, but there is no lye in the finished product. The chemical reaction converts the lye/fat mixture to glycerin. The glycerin is a natural by-product and, as such, the relationship between the soap molecule and the glycerin means you have a cleanser with abundant, luxurious lather that cleans like nothing else. As a bonus, it does not strip your skin of its natural and protective oils.

Commercially made soap usually contains detergents, fillers, chemicals, petroleum, high animal fat content (read: sodium tallowate) and irritants like SLS or SLES (sulfates). Commercially made soap tends to be less Eco-friendly as well. While commercially manufactured soap usually costs less, the impact on your skin and the environment is shocking.

Natural handmade soaps are made with natural oils, have a high glycerin content, are better for the environment with no detergents, phosphates or sulfates, and are never tested on animals.

 

What is Natural Soap Made Of?

At Backwoods Country Soap, we use all-natural vegetable oils in our vegan soaps. Each oil is carefully chosen for its cleansing properties for our soap. Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter adds essential moisturizing properties to the soaps we make, aiding in keeping your skin soft and supple. Goat’s Milk is also a natural, skin-friendly moisturizer that helps your skin maintain its pH balance, thus making your skin more healthy and better protected. Essential oils, sometimes combined to get specific qualities for your skin, contribute each soap’s unique scent; natural spices and/or herbs are used to give benefits to the soap as well as a colorant. Oatmeal, and/or flower buds and plant leaves contribute texture and other beneficial traits for the skin. We use NO chemical colorants or unnatural dyes in our soaps. What you see is what you get!

 

Why is Glycerin Important?

Glycerin is a humectant. It attracts moisture from the surrounding atmosphere and gives it back to your skin. In natural and handmade soap making processes, one molecule of glycerin is created for every three molecules of soap. Commercial soap makers often remove the glycerin from their soap and then sell it to the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. With our natural handmade soaps, however, all of the naturally occurring glycerin remains intact along with all its skin-nourishing benefits.

 

When and How Did Soap-making Begin?

Until about a century ago, all soap was made from animal fats, and much of it was made at home. Families would save the lard from butchering animals to make soap. Lye was made from the ashes from the fireplace or pit. However, in 1916, the first synthetic soap (detergent) was made. This occurred because of a shortage of animal fats, or tallow, during World War I. From that point on, synthetic soaps became popular with women eager to free themselves from yet another exhausting household chore.

Today, however, we not only understand the process of natural soap making better, there are a wide variety of natural oils and ingredients available. Making handmade natural soap has never been easier, and you don’t have to use animal fats to do it. This is great news for vegetarians, vegans and those just wanting a more natural alternative to the “detergent” we use on our hair, our skin and in the sink!

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Natural handmade soap is a luxurious tool in keeping your skin healthy.  With its creamy lather, wonderful fragrances, and now affordable prices, pampering yourself has never felt so good.  Here are five really good reasons its popularity is growing rapidly as a chemical free alternative to most commercial soaps.

  • Handmade Soap Is Made With Natural Ingredients

Commercial soaps available in stores today are not really soaps at all, but detergents made with synthetic fragrances and other chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Lye and Parabens.  These petroleum-based ingredients tend to leave your skin feeling dry, itchy and tight.  Handcrafted soap, on the other hand, is made with a variety of natural ingredients, fragrance and oils that are known to lock in moisture and hydrate the skin.  Most handcrafted soap makers are also respectful of nature by not testing their products on animals.

 

  • Handcrafted Soap Offers Healing & Curative Properties

Unlike most commercial soaps, handmade soap often contains healing properties due to the lack of chemicals in the ingredients.  Because handmade soap is made with natural ingredients obtained from plants, trees, herbs and flowers, their essential oils contain healing and curative properties in addition to natural aromatic fragrances.  When such essential oils are added to these soaps, common skin disorders like acne, eczema and psoriasis can be treated.

 

  • Handcrafted Soap Contains Anti-Oxidants

The skin is the largest human organ as well as the body’s first line of defense against dehydration, weather changes, infection and harmful substances.  Handmade soap gives your skin the care it deserves by gently cleansing and locking in moisture.  It also provides liberal amounts of Vitamin E oil, glycerin, wheat germ oil and other beneficial oils, as well as dollops of natural and essential oils like coconut and jojoba.  These oils have anti-oxidants in high amounts, which lend a longer shelf life and a balancing effect to the skin complexion.

 

  • Handcrafted Soap Contains the Natural Humectant Known as “Glycerin”

Handmade soap contains glycerin, a bi-product obtained naturally through the saponification process.  Glycerin is what creates the lovely, silky, lathering feel that moisturizes the skin. The commercial soap manufacturers typically eliminate glycerin when manufacturing soap, which is what causes the skin to dry out.

 

  • Handcrafted Soap Is Simply Luxurious Eye Candy and Feels Great Too!

Perhaps the most appealing factor about handmade soaps is that they are gorgeous pieces of art.  These soaps often have unique shapes and intricate designs with exquisite swirls and colors.  Depending on the fragrance, some soap will even be embedded with chunks of flowers or oatmeal.

 

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