Handmade soaps, also called natural soaps, are cleansers made with all-natural ingredients. Usually, the soaps contain five or fewer ingredients, including plant-based oils, food-grade dyes, glycerin, and lye. Lye won’t end up in the final product so it will not dry the skin or cause skin irritation.
The Benefits of Handcrafted Soaps
Mild on the Skin
Unlike commercial soaps that use harsh chemicals that strip the skin of moisture, handcrafted soaps are very mild on the skin. So mind that most handmade soaps are suitable to very sensitive skin! Artisanal soaps are free from synthetic fragrances, chemicals, and cleansing agents that cause inflammation and breakouts. Some handmade soaps are mild enough for people who suffer from eczema or psoriasis.
Handcrafted soaps made from vegetable glycerin is more expensive than your average bar soap, but it hydrates the skin deeply without any allergic reaction! Vegetable glycerin is a humectant. This means that glycerin is able to attract moisture into the skin and then protects it from evaporation. Regular use of glycerin soap is a great way to keep the skin soft, supple and moisturized. It is the perfect soap for people with flaky, very dry skin.
Dealing with dull, dry, lackluster skin? Try switching from a regular bar of soap with an all-natural one! Handmade soaps do a better job at moisturizing the skin. Thanks to antioxidants from plant-based ingredients, these soaps protect from premature aging, stretch marks, dull and saggy skin. Handcrafted soaps do not use any harsh chemicals that can strip the skin of moisture or pore-clogging ingredients.
Where to Get Handcrafted Soaps
Hundreds of indie soap makers and retailers offer handcrafted soaps so the quality will vary from source to source. To ensure you are getting your money’s worth, try asking soap-loving friends and family members where to get the best handmade soaps. You can also ask your loved ones what benefits they got from using these products.
eBay is also a great source of high quality handcrafted soaps. But don’t take everything at face value. Apart from checking the testimonials and ratings, do your own research too. Look for at least five retailers and start comparing them online. Do not base your judgment on fake testimonials or lower-than-average costs.
Etsy is a thriving alternative online marketplace that specializes in handcrafted everything, including soaps! There are hundreds of retailers that offer artisanal soaps in every conceivable shape, colors, and sizes. Just check the products you want, research more about the retailer or maker then search online for testimonials.
Independent Brick and Mortar Suppliers
You may also check online for independent suppliers who sell handcrafted soaps in your local area. Usually, these suppliers are more than happy to answer questions and concerns about their products.
Online/Brick and Mortar Direct Sellers
Finally, you can also get handcrafted soaps straight from people who make them! Again, you can either go online or get referrals from friends and family to start your search. We strongly recommend researching about the reputation of the maker as well as the ingredients used in the soaps.