Updated: Sep 23
How to decide if handmade soaps are your "jam" or "Nah?"
Because I am a soap manufacturer, I'm biased regarding handmade soap (there's a reason for this). Here I will explain the benefits of using handmade soap and why the benefits put you in the front seat of making better skincare decisions.
The benefits I list below stopped my family from being regulars at the dermatologist—goodbye itchy, scratchy blistery skin, hello smooth skin with even skin tone.
All skincare products start with star-studded foundational ingredients, as these foundational ingredients are the creme de la creme of the final product. Between 50 - 80% of a soap recipe consists of foundational ingredients like oils, butter (s), & water.
The second runner-up in our soap formulation is the functional ingredients. Functional ingredients perform a specific function like colloidal oatmeal, jojoba beads, or ground pumice. All three of these add mild exfoliation to soap.
Active botanicals are the third ingredient in line. Herbs and herbal extracts offer therapeutic properties to the skin.
The fourth ingredient is additives. Additives are optional, like mica's (skin safe) for color.
Our fifth ingredient is aromaceuticals. Aromaceuticals are essential oils or oil blends that add scent to the final product.
Last but not least is aesthetics. Aesthetics add charisma and flair, like rose & lavender buds, sugar crystals, etc. but serve no function.
Not convinced yet? Keep on reading.
Benefit #2 - Handmade soap is better for your skin.
The foundational ingredients I mentioned above are why handmade soap is better for your skin. Oils and tree butters come from plants and trees. These oils and tree butters provide our skin with beneficial vitamins and some trace minerals that our skin needs. For instance, Olive oil is full of vitamin E, and a function of Vitamin E is to protect our healthy skin cells from free radicals that can cause damage to healthy skin cells. Here are a few more foundational ingredients high in vitamin E, Shea butter, Mango butter, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Sunflower Oil.
Benefit #3 - Variety is the spice of life
Whether the size of soap is a big bar, small facial bar, travel size, or soap on a rope, the point is that soap comes in many different shapes and sizes, just like people. We are not all cookie-cutter renditions of one another. We vary; it's good to celebrate and honor our differences. We are unique, just like handmade soap, which leads me to benefit number four design.
Benefit #4 - Design
Design is where the manufacturer shows off their creative expression using different aesthetics to add flair and pizzazz to their final product—a special touch for the consumer. Some companies use fancy soapboxes with many details; others are naked (no soapbox). Here at Soapy Soulutions, we use positive affirmations on our soap to show that love conquers fear.
Benefit #5 - Getting to know the owner.
Why is getting to know the owner a critical benefit? Because you learn the REAL reason behind the company. Why do they choose to serve you! a total stranger? Why do they believe providing value to you and others is essential. The reason why they use certain ingredients and only purchase from certain distributors is for your benefit. You see, it's all about you; yes, sign up on their email list, follow them on social media, and know why they do what they do and how what they do benefits YOU.
Benefit #6 - You're the boss of your skincare.
So, the next time you walk the aisle or search the internet for skincare, how is this soap serving your needs? What ingredients are in your best interest? Does size matter? Do you like essential oils over fragrance oils? Do you want exfoliation? Look at the packaging, and colors, is there a message that resonates with your beliefs and lifestyle? My hope in writing this short blog is to educate you on the benefits of using handmade soap, and hopefully, soon, one day, you'll give it a try if you haven't done so already.
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