Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Why You should Buy Handmade Soap

IMG_9266I tried handmade soaps on curiosity three years ago. Since then, I have been hooked to these. Ordinary soaps can leave your skin dry which handmade soaps don’t,” gushes Maity Hazra about homemade soaps.

I don’t mind paying extra for homemade soaps because they make my skin soft and radiant. These soaps are enriched with essential oils which make my skin glow, each time I bathe. It feels as if I am having a daily spa treatment. These are the best soaps ever made!” Parul Gupta

Most of us wonder why we should buy handmade soap because they are priced higher than the commercially prepared soaps. The factory made soaps purchased in stores today aren’t what our ancestors would define as a soap. Soap has natural moisturizing qualities which have been stripped from modern factory soaps. Most products you think of as soap are actually detergents. Detergent is good for one thing–removing oils. Detergent is great when you are cleaning laundry or dishes, but NOT when you are cleaning your skin! In many cases the soap contains abrasive ingredients or harsh detergents that can clog your pores, build up on your skin and even cause it to age faster. Some products also use animal fats, which can not only clog pores but also contribute to acne and other skin problems. Commercial soaps are made in huge batches, going through a series of chemical, heating, blending and mechanical processes that remove the glycerin and introduce other fillers and synthetic detergents to take its place. As a result, detergent bars strip the natural moisturizing oils from your skin. So after you take a bath or shower with commercial soap you reach for that bottle of expensive lotion, to put back the moisture that was taken away by the commercial soap.

While soap is a “cleanser” factory soap is more like a “detergent” and will dry and irritate your skin. The reason why factory soaps do this to your skin and handmade soaps don’t is due to the ingredients used in mass-produced soap. When companies make soap in bulk, they switch ingredients so that they can get more soap made for less money. This can prove to be very harmful to the end-consumer.

Handmade is better

Natural handmade soaps are better than the commercially prepared ones.  Handmade soaps have always been known for the effective cleaning power but recently scientific studies have shown the benefits of handmade soap to be incredible. It’s always been speculated that handmade soap has built-in healing properties. People suffering from skin disorders like eczema have found relief through the use of handmade soap. Compared to the mass-produced soaps in the store, handmade soaps are milder and more skin friendly. The major difference between factory soap and handmade soap is the amount of glycerin found in natural handmade soap. Glycerin has natural moisturizing abilities and is typically stripped from commercial soap and put into lotions. That stripped glycerin is then replaced by synthetic, irritating chemicals.

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