You may be asking yourself, "Well why are handmade soaps better for me?" "Why can't I just keep using stuff I bought from the store?" You ever get out of a shower and notice that your skin feels a little dry? The skin may also be tighter than usual like it is being stretched? If so, that is why you should stop using store bought soap. The reason why your skin feels like that? Chemicals, usually lots of them is the main reason for that.
Let's take a look at some common problems with store-bought soaps. After that, you can decide what is best for you, though I am willing to bet you will most likely look into buying something someone made.
3 Reasons Handmade Soaps are Better For You
1.) Handmade soap contains glycerin, something companies remove from the soap on purpose. Why? So that they can put it in lotions and creams. Glycerin is a natural skin emollient, meaning it softens and moisturizes the skin. By taking it out of the soap and putting it into lotions, the company ensures that you will have to buy two products instead of just one. Buying and using handmade soaps, you get both your cleanser and moisturizer in one product, the way it was intended to do.
2.) People who make soaps themselves are doing it in the way it was intended to be made. Why change the way soap is made when it has worked for our ancestors for centuries. Handmade soaps were considered a luxury then, now the luxury is a bar of drying chemicals that hundreds of robotic arms made and molded for the masses. Get yourself a handmade soap and suddenly you will feel like you got a treat compared to what you have been buying or using for years.
3.) Handmade soaps are just simply better for you and your skin. Making soap by hand preserves the usefulness and integrity of the fats, oils, and butters that are used to make it. Shea butter goes into the mixture, shea butter comes out of it. Same goes for Coconut oil and more. Because this happens, the fats, oils, and butter keep their minerals, vitamins and true skin-care abilities and properties in the final soap product.
Here is a bonus list of some ingredients of America's most popular bar soap named after a bird:
- Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate - Is a synthetic detergent, wetting agent and emulsifier. Can cause dry, irritated skin due to it's degreasing properties.
- Sodium Tallowate - Is created by mixing animal fats with lye. It is thought to clog pores, cause blackheads and increase eczema chances to people with sensitive skin.
- Sodium Palmitate - Is made by mixing Palmitic Acid with lye and may cause the skin to dry out.
- Tetrasodium EDTA - Is one of the top chemicals to avoid. It is made with formaldehyde and sodium cyanide.
Those are just a few things in the soap that are worth avoiding at all costs. Now what is our soap, you may ask?
- Sodium Hydroxide - Lye, which is needed to make soap in all forms.
- Sodium Lactate - which is made by the fermentation of the natural sugar sources like beets or corn.
- Butter (Shea, Coconut, Cocoa etc.)
- Oil (Olive, Coconut, etc.)
- Vegetable Powders - For added nutrients to the skin
- Essential and Fragrance Oils
- Mica - For Coloring
That is all we ever put into any of our soap. Nice and easy to pronounce and you know what is for.
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