Handmade soap is the soap in its true and pure form. It gently cleanses away excess oils and bacteria but does not strip your skin of its natural oils as commercial soap. Natural handmade soap is locally produced with fresh and natural ingredients. The name says it all, of course - "Handmade" soap which is done by hands, not involving factories and machines. Real handmade soap contains raw ingredient that include fat, and/ or oil , liquid and lye. They are usually made in small batches using traditional methods and plant-based ingredients. Since they are done in small badges, they are generally fresh and can be customized using preferred ingredients.
Most importantly, handmade soaps have the most valuable ingredient, glycerin. As said previously, mass-produced soap detergents, has all their glycerin robbed right after saponification process. Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture from the air to the skin. Its produced naturally during the soapmaking process. Its one of the things that make handmade soap so amazing! Some commercial soaps remove the glycerin from the bars and sell it to make lotions and creams. Without glycerin, soap isn’t nearly as skin loving, and can leave the skin feeling dry.
There are several reasons that makes a handmade soap is much better than commercial soaps.
- Handmade soap retains natural oils.
All those harsh processes that commercial soap through hardly leaves any of the original's oil goodness and benefit. With handmade soaps, the oils' use is maintained to product, with minimal loss of originality and goodness.
- Better moisturization
As mentioned previously, handmade soaps retain all their glycerin. This improves the soap's moisturizing properties and helps to restore the skin's PH levels.
- Made with natural ingredients
Unlike the unpronounceable ingredients or chemicals added into commercial soap, handmade soaps are made with fresh and natural ingredients. Handmade soaps usually have a shorter list of ingredients, so the user can fully know what exactly is added to the soap.
- Added with essential oil or natural fragrances
Handmade soaps commonly use natural or organic essential oils, which give it all the scents. Moreover, the minimal process of soap-making retails all its aroma and fragrances.
- Serves multiple purposes
Everyone has heard how a single ingredient such as coconut oil, olive oil, or even aloe vera serves multiple benefits for skin, hair, and health. This is why handmade soaps serve multiple purposes such as moisturizing oil control, conditioning, control body odor, reduces skin problems, and many more. It comprises less than 10 ingredients altogether.
- High quality
Handmade soaps aren't mass-produced, which means a lot of care and attention goes into making each soap. The use of the ingredients ensures that the soaps have a quality superior to that of commercial soaps.
- The PH factor
The PH factor of natural soaps should measure somewhere between 9-10 on the scale. Human skin is naturally acidic to destroy any bacteria/fungi that come in contact with it. The act of cleansing dries the skin, and for this reason, you'll need a soap with a higher Ph level than your skin. Healthy skin will do its part and re-balance with the help of a high PH soap and without using harmful ingredients.
Differences between Commercial Soap and Handmade soap