Handmade Soap 101 : Everything You Need to Know about Handmade Soaps

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In general, people value knowing that they are giving their bodies the best, safest resources. Many of us try to eat a clean, organic diet for the inside, in addition to wearing clothes made of all-natural fabrics for the outside.

However, if the soap one uses doesn’t also recognize the importance of natural ingredients, it might be time to rethink your personal care routine.

Homemade Vs. Store-Bought Soaps

Store-bought soaps are easy to grab off the shelves and cheap to buy. If you take a closer look at the product description though, you’ll probably find more harmful sulfates and man-made dyes than expected. 

Here’s just a small list of some of the most common irritations from using store-bought soaps:

  • Rashes
  • Built-up residue
  • Clogged pores
  • Tighter, aged-looking skin
  • Changes in your pH levels

Even if you don’t have extremely sensitive skin, your store-bought soap might be doing more harm than good.

Ingredients in Homemade Natural Soaps

One reason why so many people are making the switch from store-bought to homemade soaps is because these soaps are made with a much smaller and simpler list of ingredients. More commercial soaps can contain dozens of chemicals and synthetic detergents that might be acceptable in the laundry room, but not on your skin!

What are the ingredients?

Instead of more aggressive, synthetic contents, homemade soap usually contains natural ingredients such as:

  • Organic oils or butters
  • Distilled water
  • Pure lye
  • Glycerin
  • Natural essential oils
  • Dried flowers and herbs

That’s it! No long words or chemicals you have to look up.

What do the ingredients do?

Now that we’ve listed the ingredients, it’s time to break down exactly what they do.

  1. First, the oils and butters actually provide the spa-like smoothness that everyone’s skin craves. They also contain many of the vitamins and nutrients that keep skin glowing and looking healthy.
  2. Similarly, the distilled water is basically a softer version of the water found in our faucets. When someone distills water, they remove the hardness caused by minerals and substances like iron, lead, or nitrate.
  3. Next, lye and glycerin are necessities in the soap-making process. Lye is perfect for soap because it kills bacteria and germs. Glycerin is a natural skin softener since it draws moisture from the air. However, most store-bought soaps have the glycerin removed and put into different products—meaning that consumers have to buy both a soap and a moisturizer instead of one soap that could and should do it all.
  4. Lastly, the essential oils, and dried flowers or herbs are what make each bar of homemade soap unique. They are also the more beautiful and fragrant ingredients that give soap its scents and colors. Instead of using soap that just smells like synthetic flowers, why not buy the real thing?

Benefits of Homemade Soaps

Contains no toxins

Most obviously, handmade, natural soap is better than store-bought because it doesn’t contain the same toxic ingredients. It’s already been proven that these toxins and chemicals can damage and absorb into the skin, in addition to drying it out.

Balances levels

Unlike the alternative, homemade soap actually benefits your skin. For instance, natural soap keeps all your body’s own natural levels where they’re supposed to be. Store-bought can disrupt the chemicals and hormones already found in your body, but natural soap balances them.

Smooths skin

As already mentioned, the oils, butters, and glycerin found in natural soaps moisturizes your skin to not even need lotion. Of course, smoothing your skin is just the beginning. These ingredients also soften and soothe skin irritated by non-natural products. 

Encourages healing

Depending on which essential oils your soap contains, the amount of healing properties might surprise you. Essential oils are really nature’s medicine. Not only are they anti-bacterial, but they also have their own unique strengths. For example, peppermint and eucalyptus are wonderful solutions for sniffles or even the flu. Similarly, lavender boosts both the immune system and mental well-being.

Variety of Homemade Soaps

With homemade soaps, your ingredients are as diverse as they are beneficial.

For example, the oils and butters might be olive, palm, almond, coconut, or shea. Each version has its own properties with its own benefits, but never the store-bought irritants.

Additionally, the flowers and herbs themselves are never used for just a generic name or fragrance. With homemade soaps, you can have your choice of anything from jasmine to lavender to rose.

How to Store Homemade Soaps

After buying your favorite natural bar soaps, it’s time to decide how and where to store them.

Make it easy to remember with these three keywords:

  1. Separation
  2. Ventilation
  3. Protection

To avoid any cross-contamination of scents or styles, separate your homemade soaps accordingly. If you purposefully buy specific fragrances, the last thing you want is for them all to smell like a combination of each other.

For the soaps you aren’t planning to use immediately, store them in a container that is ventilated so that air can circulate. You also need to choose a location that is both cool and dry. Storing soaps, especially those that aren’t wrapped, anywhere else risks moisture and modifications to the soap’s structure.

As for the soaps currently in use, it’s always a good idea to place them somewhere that dirt and dust won’t reach them. After all, no one wants dirty soap!

Why You Should Choose Homemade Soaps

Because of the benefits, variety of ingredients, and generally beautiful aesthetic of homemade soaps, it’s no wonder that more and more people are making the switch from store-bought to natural.

In addition to being a pleasant change in personal hygiene or even self-care, they also make ideal gifts for friends and loved ones. These handmade soaps are perfect for everyone, both yourself and the whole family. No matter the type of skin you have—whether that be dry, oily, or anything in between—your skin will benefit from the nourishment found in the soap’s natural ingredients.

Treat yourself, and treat your skin, how you deserve!



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