Why use Handcrafted Soaps?
Did you know… that True Soap is a cleanser made with simple ingredients that are good for your skin?
In the handcrafted soap making process, oils and fats are combined with an alkali to produce soap and glycerin. Modern soap is still made by this basic process, but Handcrafted True Soap offers many unique benefits for your skin.
What is Handcrafted True Soap?
Handcrafted True Soap is made by combining oils or fats with an alkali and water. The products of this reaction are soap and glycerin. Soap cleanses the skin while glycerin moisturizes it.
What is Handcrafted True Soap made of?
Handcrafted True Soap is made using a batch process by individual soap makers, most of whom choose the highest quality pure skin-loving oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, hemp oil. They also use rich butters like cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter. Some handcrafted soap makers also use tallow, which is derived from beef fat and makes a smooth, hard bar of soap.
Essential oils and fragrance oils contribute scent; cosmetic-grade pigments impart color; and botanicals, spices, and other natural ingredients add texture. It is not unusual to find handcrafted soap made with such things as oatmeal, sliced almonds, shaved coconut meat, corn meal and other goodies that provide light and gentle exfoliation for your skin.
Many handcrafted soaps are “superfatted” or super-enriched with additional oils that are literally suspended in the soap and applied directly to the skin while bathing, providing even more emollience.
Why is Glycerin Important?
Glycerin is naturally produced during the handcrafted soap making process. In fact, pound for pound, glycerin costs more than soap, which is why some soap companies remove the glycerin from the soap and sell it to manufacturers of things like tooth paste and lotion. Soap Guild Members do not remove the glycerin from their handcrafted soap, so when you purchase soap made by our members, it contains all of the naturally occurring glycerin. With Handcrafted True Soap you get a fabulous cleanser and a moisturizer in one!!
Is there lye in Handcrafted Soap?
No. Although lye (an alkali) is used to make true soap, the chemical reaction between all of the ingredients used in the soap making process cause the lye to be literally “reacted away,” leaving behind a mild, effective bar of pure handcrafted soap
How should I take care of my Handcrafted Soap?
Handcrafted soap is a special product. Because it contains glycerin, it can retain more moisture than other soaps. To extend the life of your handcrafted soap, place it in a well-draining soap dish. Keep unused bars in a cool, dry place, and use them within a few months of purchase.
How can I be sure of the ingredients in my Handcrafted Soap?
Because each individual soap maker uses different manufacturing processes and ingredients, you can be absolutely certain of the ingredients in your handcrafted soap and the process employed to make it by asking the individual manufacturer. Most handcrafted soap makers list ingredients on their soap labels and, in many instances; you can visit their Web sites or review their product brochures for more details.
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