You may ask, why should I buy a handmade soap when I can get ‘more soap for less money’ at the grocery store?
Handcrafted soap is a soap in its true, pure form which gently cleanses away excess oils and bacteria without stripping your skin of its natural hydrants.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and it’s also our first layer of defense against a polluted world. Skin absorbs anything that’s put on it; natural or toxic. Soap is one of those day-to-day products we take it for granted.
In the world of soap making, there are several processes or styles to deliver the end product. Each of them creates a great bar of soap, but in very different ways.
The Melt and Pour Soap technique is the easiest and quickest way to make a high-quality, professional bar of soap using a pre-made soap base. Excellent fragrance lift, superior aesthetics, and ease-of-use are all good reasons to use these bases.
Secondly, there is Hot Process Soap which mixes the oils and lye – and then adds extra heat to jump start the saponification process and basically “cooks” the soap to completion and the soap is ready to use. The bars have a “rustic” appearance with a less smooth texture than cold process. Whether or not you like this look is a personal preference.
Then, there’s Cold Process Soap, made with skin-loving oils and butters that are nourishing and moisturizing to your skin, but doesn’t add any heat. The saponification process makes its own “heat” and takes 24-36 hours to complete, and the soap hardens. The combination of oils and butters is what makes each bar completely unique to find a fine balance between conditioning and cleansing. This method creates gentle soaps which is cured over 4 to 6 weeks to produce a long-lasting bar with ultimate moisturization.
The very best reason to use handmade soap is the ingredients. So there! if you haven’t tried a handcrafted soap yet, do it soon! Your skin will love you for making the switch.