Why should you use handmade soap?
I started my hand at making handmade soaps 2 years ago when my sister-in-law was telling me all about her love for handmade soaps. I must admit I was a bit skeptical considering you can run to Walgreens and grab a couple of bars with that BOGO sale. I am an efficient person by nature and making my own soap was something that seemed so unnecessary.
While I’m an efficient person by nature I’m also very curious. I’m not sure if many of you know but I’ve been living with Psoriasis since my teens. Actually you can read an article from SELF magazine that featured me and 8 other women on What It’s Really Like to Live with Psoriasis.
Go check it out! It’s an interesting read.
So having lived with Psoriasis, an autoimmune condition had me curious about the benefits of handmade soap. But before I move on let me explain the 3 most common types of handmade soap.
Melt & Pour: basically using a soap base and you add the colorants and scents (equate it to boxed cake) Ready to use once hardened.
Cold Process: My favorite! and how I like to soap. This is where the fun and chemistry begins because you get to pick each oil that goes into your soap. Each oil has so many properties so you really have to pay attention to make the right kind of soap it takes weeks to cure and some formulations could take up to a year! (equate it to cake made from scratch)
Hot Process: Very similar to cold process except you let the ingredients “cook” and the curing time is faster.
Did you know a large majority of people have never used handmade soap before. Actually, most people have never used soap before!
If you take a look at commercial products sold in stores, often times you won’t find the term “soap” on the package. Commercial soap sold in stores is often made with chemical detergents, hardeners and synthetic agents. As you can imagine some of the ingredients can be drying and irritating on the skin.
On the other hand, handmade soap created with oils, liquid and lye does not contain these harsh ingredients and these ingredients are what qualifies as soap. Once the curing process has happened there is no longer lye in the product. So if someone tries to say I want that soap without lye, it’s simply not possible.
Handmade soap contains glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture from the air to the skin. It’s produced naturally during the soapmaking process. It’s one of the things that makes handmade soap so amazing! Some commercial soaps remove the glycerin from the bars and sell it to make lotions and creams. Without glycerin, commercially prepared soap isn’t nearly as skin loving, and can leave the skin feeling dry.
Another reason we love handmade soaps is because we can further customize a bar with exfoliants, fragrance, color and so much more. This is especially important if you prefer to only use natural ingredients and we at Sanara certainly do!
Our 2 handmade soaps are made with Organic Olive oil, Organic Coconut oil, Apricot Kernel oil and Meadowfoam oil. The skin loving properties from these oils are what make them so special, especially for your delicate face.
So tell us! Have you used handmade soap before? Perhaps not yet and that’s probably because you’re not sure that it will do for you. But we know all the amazing things it can do for you!
Go ahead and give it try we promise you won’t go back to that BOGO sale!