Our skin is our body's largest organ and it is our responsibility to treat it well. Since our skin is also porous, toxic chemicals are absorbed through the skin and can enter our bloodstream. Many drug store soaps are really just compacted detergents that strip away oils without giving anything back to our skin. We are so accustomed to buying mainstream soaps that we may not realize that we have another option. Artisan soap companies, like The Succulent Soapery, offer an alternative to harsh drug store soaps. Handmade soaps have numerous benefits and these are our favorites:
1. Handmade Soaps Have Better Ingredients
Look at the ingredients on your typical bar soap. Do you see olive oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil? Probably not. You likely see a bunch of ingredients that are too difficult to pronounce. Those ingredients are harsh chemicals and detergents that can irritate and dehydrate skin.
2. pH Levels Are Important
Skin has a natural barrier to protect it from external irritants. Once our pH levels are a bit off, our barrier is broken. Handmade soaps tend to be naturally alkaline, allowing the soap to be gentle and effective. The addition of natural oils nourishes skin and maintains the natural pH balance needed for healthy skin.
3. Handmade Soaps Are Environmentally Friendly
Soap artisans care about the planet and are mindful of sustainability. Drug store soaps contain toxins that can damage our Earth. Soap by-products are often found polluting our rivers, lakes, oceans, and other waterways. Purchasing handmade soaps is a small but meaningful way of helping to heal our planet.
4. Animals Matter, Too
Most drug store soaps contain chemicals that require animal testing. Take a stand against animal testing and purchase artisan soaps. Handmade soaps are never tested on animals, as they contain all natural ingredients that are safe for everyone.
5. Enjoy Softer, Healthier Skin
Most homemade soaps use a cold process, which enables control over ingredients and has no added detergents. The cold process allows for the moisturizing ingredients to remain intact, resulting in silky, smooth, healthy skin.
6. Say "No" to Harmful Chemicals
Typical soaps contain triclosan, which is known to disrupt human hormones and may cause damage to the reproductive system. They also contain numerous other chemicals such as parabens and petrochemicals. None of these are used in handmade soaps.
7. Support Local Artisans
When you purchase handmade soap, you are supporting local artisans who are keeping the age-old craft of soap making alive. Not only are you supporting local businesses, but you are also committing to help keep an artform alive for another generation.
There are countless other benefits to using handmade soaps, but these are the ones we feel are the most important. Visit here to learn more about The Succulent Soapery and our commitment to high quality soap making.