♥ Care Guide
♥ What is Soap?
♥ Why Handmade Soap?
♥ Our Ingredients
So, what is this handmade soap we speak of and why should you use it?
Well, you might be surprised to learn that a significant portion of the commercial "soap" on the market today isn't actually...well..soap. Pick up the box and look at the label. Chances are, your bar of Dial doesn't even actually call itself "soap" - it's called a "beauty bar" or something equally innocuous. If this is the case, you've got a bar which contains primarily synthetic detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate. These chemical compounds have acquired quite a shady reputation as of late and, while the jury is still out on their ultimate safety, the point to be made here is that they're certainly not "soap".
Now, in the chance that you've actually stumbled upon a bar of real soap, in all likelihood the first ingredient on your label will be sodium tallowate which comes from...you guessed it, tallow aka cow fat. Yum. Well, ok, ok, so soap made from tallow has its virtues, so this is really only a concern if you're going for a vegetarian thing...but think of the cows! Also, shea butter is still way fancier ;)
Another point to be made is that commercially produced soaps are processed in a way which strips them of their natural moisturizing properties, leaving behind a bar that is much more drying to the skin than handmade soap. Saponification (the chemical reaction that results in soap) naturally produces glycerin, which attracts moisture to the skin. However, in the process of making commercial soap, this glycerin is extracted and sold separately, thus maximizing the profit.
Convinced yet? Well, you should be!