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Handmade Soaps: Know Your Soaps

Handmade Soaps: Know Your Soaps

Hand made soaps are usually made in small batches using traditional methods and plant-based ingredients.  Hand made soaps are high in glycerin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soapmaking process.

Why should you buy a natural handmade soap:

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Handcrafted soap is made with natural, wholesome ingredients that cleanse without stripping skin of its natural oils. Commercially-made bars are made with chemical additives, or synthetic detergents.

Commercially-made bars are made with synthetic detergents, they cannot even legally use the term “soap.” Instead, they may be called “beauty bars,” “cleaning bars,” “cream bars,” or something similar. Handcrafted soap is made with real and wholesome ingredients.

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Glycerin is a humectant; it attracts moisture and softens your skin. Glycerin is not merely added to handcrafted soap. Rather, it is naturally created in the process of mixing water, oils, and butters. In handcrafted soap, the glycerin is left in place.The absence of glycerin is another reason that commercial bars dry out the skin.

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To know more about natural handmade soaps, you would need to how the soaps are made. There are basically three ways to make a soap:

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One common way is called “melt and pour” soap. There are even melt and pour kits you can buy to make cute soap shapes with your kids. These are generally glycerine based transparent soaps.

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The other two methods are “hot process” and “cold process.” The hot process method utilizes heat after the saponification process has taken place, while the cold process method does not. Undoubtedly the best method for producing the highest quality soaps is the cold process method.

A combination of oils or fats and lye goes in the making of cold process soap bars. Lye is not as scary as it sounds as all the caustic qualities of the lye are removed during the saponification process. When the lye interacts with the oils or fats, it creates glycerine. How hard or soft the soap bar ends up being, and how well it lathers depends on the type of oils and fats that are being used.

Botanical sounding name does not necessarily mean that the product came from a plant either. Cranberry, watermelon, peach, pear, apple, strawberry, fig, pomegranate, coconut are synthetic scents made in a laboratory. Many soaps supposedly containing vanilla, jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, and sandalwood are also made with synthetic scents because the real essential oils, absolutes, or concretes are very expensive or even endangered.

If an oil doesn’t have a latin botanical name, then it’s not a true essential oil and it has no aromatherapeutic benefits. If it dries your skin out or makes it feel tight or itchy, it may not be real, this is a real soap test.  Because a well made, glycerin rich, handcrafted natural soap will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and nourished.
Remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with.  Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain.

Here is how you can take care of natural handmade soap:

  • Don’t let your soap drown in water.
  • Make sure your soap gets plenty of fresh air between uses.
  • Store your soap on a well drained soap dish.
  • Store unused soap in a dark cool place like a lingerie drawer or linen close

Here are some natural handmade soaps you can find:

This soaps gives deep cleansing, conditioning, nourishment to your skin, remove dead skin cells and also gives. Revitalise and soften skin. For all skin types.

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A glycerin soap with the refreshing fragrance of jasmine and peach.

Aromatherapy-Massage

Spiced with versatile lavender oil, this bar is blended with shea butter and oils of coconut, olive, almond and patchouli making it intensely nourishing. Activated charcoal and green clay help detoxify the skin.


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Organic Soaps v/s High Street Soaps!

Our skins come into contact with soap every single day. It’s one of the bare essentials to clean living and it’s important that the soap we use is good to our skin. There are some chemicals that are used in commercially available soaps that can actually be quite harmful, causing skin to feel dry and stripping away the natural oils present. Commercially available soaps can contain chemicals such as paragons and SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), which started is used as an industrial degreasant and garage floor cleaner. When applied to human skin, it has the effect of stripping off the oil layer and irritating and eroding the skin, leaving skin feeling coarse and stretched. Of course there are healthy and natural alternatives, such as handmade, natural soaps, which are great for the skin and use all natural ingredients like natural essential oils as compared to the commercial High Street Soaps which use more chemicals.

 

OrganicSoapsThese natural soaps offer a healthier alternative and are made using a blend of organic vegetable oils. These oils can include, but aren’t limited to: avocado (rich in vitamins and proteins), coconut (prevents dryness of skin and flaking) and olive oil (provides a great moisturizing effect). Of course, these soaps can be made from a range of natural ingredients and the sellers are always happy to give in-depth information about the beneficial aspects of each of these organic ingredients.

A lot of organic soaps are made by small business owners and are homemade using a process called cold press. The cold press process means that the oils used in the organic soaps are never heated above a 100 degrees centigrade which in turn means that all the natural goodness contained isn’t degraded due to overheating. Other products that can be cold pressed are coffee and oils that are used in cooking, all of which result in a better product overall. Using the cold press process lessens the impact on the environment, making it very sustainable for the planet we all inhabit, because there’s less energy used in making the organic soaps. Also, since the organic soaps are made by local businesses, the carbon footprint is considerably less than mass-produced soaps and you’re also supporting local, ethical businesses that are sustainable to the environment.

Organic soaps come in many different scents, aromas and compositions because of the variety of ingredients that can be used. Some can focus mainly on exfoliating, some for moisturizing, while others are made specifically to use instead of shaving cream. Because of the variety of natural ingredients used, the organic soaps also help alleviate the annoyance of skin conditions like razor rash that are caused by shaving soaps.