Natural Handmade Soap
Choose natural handmade soap
Our customers often comment that they can’t use store-bought soap because it dries and irritates their skin. There are soaps for the face, body, hair, pets, household purposes- you name it! But are all soaps created equally? No, and neither are they “bad” or excessively drying – if you chose the right kind. Choose natural handmade soap.
Commercial soaps are available everywhere for very low prices, and these could be especially drying to your skin. Soaps like these are better classified as detergents, the stuff you use to wash your clothes and dishes. They can also include preservatives, cheap synthetic fillers, and fragrances that can flare up allergies and sensitivities in some people.
What is in your commercial Soap.
Read the ingredients panel of many of the soaps on our supermarket and chemist shelves and you will see a long list of unpronounceable chemicals. Commercial soaps are basically detergents; these can cause irritation, drying and even allergic reactions. Certain chemical ingredients can potentially cause problems for your skin when applied as a liquid or bar soap and are best avoided.
Choose a natural handmade soap that is free from synthetic colouring agents. Toluene, made from petroleum or coal tar, is found in most synthetic fragrances. Synthetic fragrances can also be drying and irritating to your skin. These fragrances may be listed as “parfum” or “fragrance oil”. Look at organic essential oils as an alternative.
Avoid Triclosan, the antibacterial agent added to many liquid hand soaps to help kill germs.
Avoid Sodium laurel sulphate. It is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. Present in nearly all shampoos, toothpaste, body washes and cleansers, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils and bath salts. Although SLS originates from coconuts, the manufacturing process results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1, 4 dioxanes, a carcinogenic by-product.
Propylene glycol, a common ingredient in personal care products, it’s been shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation. Also found in engine coolants, antifreeze, rubber cleaners, adhesives, and paints and varnishes. Mineral oils can coat the skin like a plastic wrap, and don’t let your skin breathe.
Parabens are widely used as preservatives in cosmetic and skin care products; parabens have been connected with breast cancer in studies. They have hormone-disrupting qualities, mimicking estrogens, and interfere with the body’s endocrine system. Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male breast growth. Natural handmade soaps do not have added synthetic preservatives as some essential oils serve as natural preservatives.
Why choose natural handmade soap?
You will feel the difference that they make to your skin. Not only are they gentler than those harsh detergent bars, but they are usually much more moisturising, beneficial for your skin’s texture, come in a variety of natural perfume scents, and last much longer than the average grocery store soap.
Natural soaps feel great, rinse clean and leave your skin soft and silky and delectably scented.
Choose a zesty invigorating soap, a revitalizing morning wake up or a soft delicate floral fragrance. It’s wonderful, and we would never go back to using the old commercial stuff, ever! Handmade soap always has fresh, high-quality ingredients such as essential oils, shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, goat’s milk, and palm oil free glycerin. One main difference between handmade soaps and store-bought, skin-drying soaps, is that handmade soap has retained the moisturising glycerin that is naturally formed during the soap-making process. Glycerin is a humectant, which attracts moisture to your skin.
Natural handmade soap can be purchased at your local market; supporting a soap maker with a passion for soap and aromatherapy. Handmade soaps are created using minimal ingredients and there is no harmful waste.
Most handmade artisans are also environmentally conscious and use biodegradable labels, reusable packaging, or no labels at all! Going organic is even better, as you’re ensuring your soaps are only made with the finest ingredients grown or raised without harsh pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms.
Choose palm oil-free or from sustainable palm oil, creamy formulas with pure essential oils, healing exfoliating organic clays, moisturising plant oils of coconut, cocoa butter, macadamia, and olive oils. Soaps that are suitable for psoriasis, eczema, and sensitive skin types. Ingredients that really pamper your skin.
Did you enjoy our piece on Natural Handmade Soap? Our Blissoma Facial Cleansing bars are palm oil free. These wonderfully creamy and hydrating bars are ideal for sensitive skin. They smell great, a bar lasts for a long time and they are really great in removing makeup really well.