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The Benefits of Homemade Soap

Updated on November 9, 2017
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Homemade soap

A few of the soaps I make
A few of the soaps I make

My Bay Rum and Coffee Soap

Bay Rum FO, Lye, Coffee and Coconut Oil
Bay Rum FO, Lye, Coffee and Coconut Oil

What is TRUE soap?

True soap is very basic. It consists of oils, lye, and water. Glycerin is created during the process of making handmade soap, also called saponification. That's all that is needed to cleanse the body properly without disrupting the PH levels of the skin.

Store-bought or artificial soap has a plethora of chemicals and detergents. Glycerin is removed for its monetary value and sold to other companies to be placed in more expensive skincare products. Other chemicals are then added to replace glycerin being removed. What you end up buying is a bar of chemicals that irritate and disrupt the skin's natural balance. It's not soap at all! And all of those chemicals get passed on to your liver to process in an attempt to eliminate them from your body.

Know what you are putting on your skin!

More and more people are opting for cleaner, eco-friendly skincare options. We want to know and control what we are putting on our bodies. Skin is our largest organ and everything that touches it gets filtered through our liver. Almost all or most of homemade soap ingredients can be read in one breath, and you'll know exactly how the product is sourced, how it is made, and what you are absorbing. Homemade soap consists of base oils, butters, lye, and additives that are usually from a natural source. Almost any natural additive can be added to homemade soap to treat various skin conditions and complaints while reducing un-necessary chemical intake, resulting in beautiful skin.

Mass-produced soap is full of chemical cocktails and harsh detergents that usually leave the skin irritated, overly cleansed and dry. Some chemicals are shown to cause cancer, such as triclosan. Natural soap actually relieves irritated skin, many times improving psoriasis and eczema.

Homemade soap is just a better choice when it comes to cleansing your skin.

Cruelty-Free

Since homemade soap is often crafted in small kitchens or small shops, ingredients are most often sourced and disposed of responsibly and not tested on animals. Even if you have to ask how it is made, you'll get a good honest answer.

Why would you want to support a company that mistreats and tortures innocent animals? Especially when those tests are inconclusive. Do you really need to know that soap squirted into a rabbit's eye hurts? Of course, that would hurt. Tests like that teach us nothing other than to hurt another living creature. If you want to buy handmade soap that is also vegan-friendly, look for them to not contain tallow.

Nothing beats natural soap that’s 100% handcrafted, made with love and care in small batches, chemical-free, cruelty-free and vegan!

The process matters...

Handmade soap can be made 3 ways.

1. Melt and Pour, this is not the type of soap you want to buy. Melt & Pour soaps are obtainable by buying prepackaged materials at craft stores or suppliers heavily laden with chemicals. Then put into molds. They are still better than store bought soaps, but not the best option.

2. Hot process. This way of making soap utilizes heat after the saponification process has taken place.

3. Cold process. Cold process is the slowest most time-consuming way to make soap but this is the most favored way to craft excellent bars of soap. Back when everyone had to make their own soap, this was the traditional way to make it.

From left to right; Baby Magic Castile soap Honey & Oats  Vanilla  Sugar Salt
From left to right; Baby Magic Castile soap Honey & Oats Vanilla Sugar Salt

Glycerin

Glycerin is a compound that naturally occurs during the saponification process of making homemade soap. It is retained in the finished product. Glycerin, like honey, is a natural humectant. It helps retain moisture in the skin. There is lots of glycerin in handmade soap which makes them naturally hydrating. Glycerin is responsible for keeping your skin plump and moist for long periods of time.

Mass produced chemical based soap removes glycerin during the production process and sells that off to other manufacturers to be put into skin lotions.

Support a Local Business

Thousands of people love to make soap, myself included. As with any craft or trade, we take great pride in our products and creations. We put a lot of research and work into the final recipe. When you buy soap from a local maker you are supporting a local business, and most of the time a woman-owned local business!

And it's easy to find a local maker online, at a craft fair or farmers market.

Variety

You will never get bored with homemade soap options. Ever. It's not possible. There are no limitations to the recipes that can be created and most soap makers will be willing to make custom blends if asked. No matter your skin type or preferences someone out there is making a soap with your name written all over it.

Almost anything can be added to create the perfect bar of soap for your skin. Clays, which help detox and remove excess oil. Fruit juices, kinds of milk, various kinds of butter, herbs, natural micas for color, exfoliates such as oats, coffee, and seeds. Essential oils can also be added for natural fragrance, as well as artificial fragrances. Even when artificial fragrances are added, your handmade bar of soap is 5x less toxic then store brands.

There literally is no end to what can be created and that will be much more gentle and nourishing for your skin and health.

My story

I started a small home-based business in 2017 making soap. I always wanted to learn and had made many changes in my lifestyle, diet, and skincare regimen before making soap. I was fortunate enough to find an experienced brilliant soap maker that taught me how to make it. After that, all my views on skincare changed again. I became much more aware of what I put on my skin for any reason. Animal cruelty products have been eliminated from my home. I craft my soap with almost 95% natural ingredients and add additives that can nourish the body, mind, and spirit. If you are interested in knowing more about my soap or ordering, please leave a comment or message me. I would be happy to discuss my products with you. This is the type of hobby that can change your life and the lives of people you care about. If you ask anyone that is involved in this craft, they will tell you how much they love it!

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      Devika Primić 2 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Homemade soap is a healthy one.

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      Rebecca 2 weeks ago from USA

      That's interesting & kinda gross!! lol I've only used plant based milks.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      peachy 2 weeks ago from Home Sweet Home

      do you know that my best friend used her excess breast milk to make soap, she is very clever indeed