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Benefits of Handmade Soap

Last week was kind of crazy for me, and I didn't get around to finishing all the testing for Mystery Fragrance #8.  I'm hoping to get it done by the Thursday post, but we'll see if I make it or not.  So come back then and check in!

In the meantime, I thought I'd talk a little about the benefits of using handmade soap.  For the purposes of this post, I'm going to focus solely on cold process soaps, but please realize that other methods (such as hot process or melt and pour) also have many benefits.

Ingredients

Most soap makers have carefully chosen all their ingredients for what they bring to the finished soap.  The "perfect" recipe will vary between one person and another, or even between regions.  There are a lot of factors that go into choosing these ingredients, and the soap makers have put in hours of research and testing to come up with their ideal recipe.  Ingredients are often food grade, meaning that they may be of a higher quality than commercially manufactured soaps.  Ingredients are chosen to help nourish the skin. 

No Animal Testing

Unless it's a soap that is specifically formulated for pets, there is no animal testing when making handmade soaps.  Instead, the test subjects are people!  We wouldn't want to sell soaps that we aren't willing to use on ourselves.  And the only way to test them out, is to use them!  

Glycerin

Many commercially produced soaps remove the glycerin during the manufacturing process.  Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soap making process, helping to nourish and moisturize the skin.  However, commercial soaps remove the glycerin, which can cause these soaps to be drying.  Handmade soaps do not remove the glycerin, and this generally makes the soap feel better against the skin.

Support Small Business and Local Artisans

When you buy a bar of soap from a small business and local artisan, you are helping support their passion.  There are so many beautiful soaps available that you are sure to find one that appeals to you.  Soap makers are very enthusiastic about their craft, and will love to share with you all about their soap.  

Of course, I could go on forever about why I think handmade soap is better for you.  But the best thing to do is to just try a bar for yourself.  By the time you use it up completely, I'm sure you will also be a convert!


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