Here's the Deal.... Handmade Soap is the Best!
I grew up with some of the most popular brand soaps and shower gels. I was a swimmer on my high school swim team in Colorado. If you don’t know, Colorado is one of the driest states. Being in a chlorine pool for several hours throughout the week was not helpful in the skin department either. During that time in my life, I hated soaps! I was constantly dealing with rough and raw skin.
Needless to say, my love affair with handmade soap didn’t start until I was an adult. It took a lot of convincing but it only took one yummy handmade bar of soap to change my mind about soap forever! Believe it or not, there is a real difference between the mass produced bars of soap and small batch handmade bars of soap.
I wish the clean beauty movement was a thing when I was battling dry raw skin! Now that I know about the process of soap making and how it truly does affect my skin, my life will never be the same! In this post I’ll share with you some fun facts about how soap is made and what makes handmade soap so much greater that mass produced soap.
The process of handmaking soap is truly an art form. Just like any art, there a few different ways to makeup handmade soap. I’m going to focus on cold pressure today. Cold pressure is when oils or fats are combined with lye. The reaction from lye interacting with fats and oil is the creation of Glycerin (super yummy for the skin!).
Glycerine is great for most skin types. It is know as a humectant because it attracts moisture to your skin. Sadly when mass manufacturers discovered that they can take Glycerin out of the soap to sell, the soap industry changed forever. It’s part of the problem with soaps now days and plays into why bar soaps have gotten a bad wrap.
With the glycerine being extracted from mass produced soaps, what's left over is not good. Most popular soaps are basically detergents, toxic foaming agent and chemical fragrances. All of which are not good for you skin let alone for your blood stream. Think about, detergent is great for your laundry but your skin is way different than your jeans, wouldn’t you agree?
One theory out there is that all of the harmful chemicals left soap can build up in your body's fat cells and even in your brain because everything in the body is connected. The storage of these chemicals can lead to illness overtime. Have no fear though, lot’s of small businesses are creating beautifully made soaps that will leave you feeling clean without any harmful side effects.
If you’re looking to make the switch my FAVORITE soap maker Osmia, creates some super yummy soaps. I love the milky rose and the detox soaps personally.
Thank you for reading todays post. Would love to know your thoughts! Leave a comment below. Have you tried natural soap yet? If so, what’s your favorite?