Handmade soap is truly a little luxury when it comes to your shower routine. If you've used handmade soap before, you'll understand this. If you've never used handmade soap before, in this blog we'll go over a few reasons why you should ditch that commercial, store-bought bar and pick up a bar of handcrafted soap.
1. Handmade soap is amazing for your skin.
This may seem obvious, isn't all soap good for your skin? It may seem so, but let me tell you about this little thing called glycerin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of soap making, it is not an added ingredient. Glycerin is a humectant and has incredible moisturizing properties. When commercial soap is made, glycerin is removed- leaving the soap rock hard and your skin extremely dry. The glycerin is removed so it can be added to other products, such as lotion (which you WILL need after using drying commercial soap!) By using handmade soap, you're cleansing and moisturizing at the same time.
2. No harsh detergents/ingredients.
Commercial soaps contain harsh ingredients such as SLS, detergents, and, if it's marked as "anti-bacterial", it contains triclosan. These ingredients can be linked to skin irritation, endocrine disruption, antibiotic resistance, and much more. Handcrafted soap is made with real, natural oils and butters that provide multiple benefits to the skin, instead of synthetic detergents.
3. It's good for the environment.
SLS, synthetic detergents, and triclosan are not only bad for your health, they're bad for the environment as well. Any product we use with chemicals ends up in our water or deposited in our environment is some way. Studies have shown that these chemicals are contaminating our water and wreaking havoc on aquatic ecosystems. Handmade soap ensures you're putting healthy, safe ingredients on your skin and back into our environment.
4. Allows you to support a small business or local artisan.
When buying handmade soap, you're not supporting a huge corporation. You're supporting a person and their dreams. Additionally, if you're buying soap from a local artisan, that's money going back into your community. By using handmade soap you're protecting your skin, your health, and your environment all while supporting a small business. Your shower routine has much more of an impact than you think.