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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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Summer brings refreshing news & natural goodness!

ImageSummer brings refreshing news & natural goodness!

It’s summer time and you’re itching to discard your jeans for shorts! But summer can be harsh on the skin and body so it’s important that you learn to take care of yourself.

Every season needs a particular type of body care. You need to follow health care tips as per the season. During summer there is lot of heat persistent in the atmosphere, thus we need to take body care accordingly.

BODY CARE TIPS FOR SUMMER SEASON – 

Skin Care & Clothes

1. The preliminary step for protection from sun’s heat is wear clothes that cover your entire body when you go out in the sun. This protects the body from excessive heat.

2. Wear light color cotton clothes that are loose enough to provide proper aeration. Light color clothes reflect the sun’s rays and reduce their intensity and harm due to the exposure.

3. Wear the cap or tie a scarf whenever you go out in the sun.

Sun Protection

4. You need sun protection to avoid tanned and dry skin. Sun damage can happen whenever you come in contact with harmful UV rays- if you go outside, be sure to use a high SPF sunscreen and reapply it frequently and liberally.

5. Do use safe sunscreen lotions to protect your skin from the ultraviolet rays emitted from sun.

Fluids

6. In summer excessive sweating is common so you are likely to suffer from rashes, rosacea, acne on the face as well as your back, tanning, prickly heat, hair damage, skin infections and sunburn.

Increase the amount of the fluids you drink daily as body needs a lot of fluid during the summer season as the body fluids are lost due to the prominent sweating due to the heat.

Diet

7. Eat a balanced diet as digestion problems are common in the heat. Drink a lot of fresh juices and eat fruit.

Sleep

8. Sleep well to keep your health up to date. About 7 to 8 hours of sleep is necessary during the summer season as it helps all the body processes to take place properly.

Enjoy your summer holidays safely, have fun and be happy & sunny!

About NaturalMantra.com

In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.
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TOXIC INGREDIENTS IN YOUR LAUNDRY DETERGENT?

Doing laundry is a daily chore in all households. Whether it’s a machine-wash or hand-wash, we use an ample amount of the well-advertised, promisingly fragrant and gentle, commercial laundry detergent. But did you know that this essential & seemingly harmless household product is imbuing your clothes & linens with harmful synthetic chemicals and flooding the wastewater with chemical residues that do nothing but harm to the environment?

Your everyday laundry powder may contain toxic chemicals which may pose a variety of health risks ranging from skin irritation and allergies to cancer, poisoning and neurological problems! It is a must to know which ingredients to avoid when buying detergent, especially when we use it on a daily basis and on clothing which is in close contact with our skin. It also helps us control the amount of toxins entering our waterways.

Here’s a list of toxic chemicals which could put your health at risk. Does your detergent have any or a combination of these? Check the label & see for yourself!

Source: motherearthliving.com

Source: motherearthliving.com

Also, take a look at the Dirty Dozen – Top 12 harmful ingredients that are an absolute no-no in any product which you buy.

If your detergent has any of these toxic ingredients, it’s time to make a switch to healthier, chemical-free alternatives! Be on the look out for natural soaps and soapy nuts. To get you started, we have handpicked some of the best options available in the market here.

About NaturalMantra.com

In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. Founded by parents, NaturalMantra.com helps you choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to our virtual shelf, but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.

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