One of the first questions people ask us is "Why should I buy handmade soap from you when I can pick up a bar in the supermarket much cheaper?" Well yes, commercial bars of soap are much cheaper but do you know what goes into them? The skin is the largest organ in the human body and most people spend huge amounts of money lavishing creams, lotions and moisturizers on it, and yet ignore the major component of our primary skin care function - washing! Instead of checking the ingredients in our commercial soap bar, we just reach for the most competitively priced.
Have you ever noticed when you wash your hands or face with commercial soap you skin can feel dry or tight? This is because the commercial manufacturers harvest the glycerin which occurs naturally as part of the soap making process. This glycerin is a natural humectant (in other words it pulls moisture to it) and is sold by the manufacturers to other companies for use in beauty products, food products and more. Essentially for them the glycerin is the key product and the soap is almost a bonus item by-product. But the removal of the glycerin means that the commercial soap is lacking an important aspect leaving it drying on skin. Handmade soap retains its natural glycerin content meaning that it is much more gentle on your skin and you should notice a real difference after use.
So, What's In Your Soap?
How Do I Care For Your Soap?
Because of the high glycerin content in both our cold process and melt & pour soaps, you need to keep your soap dry when its not in use! So try to choose something practical like a nice wooden soap dish with a slatted base which will allow your soap to dry out between uses. If it is allowed to sit in a soap dish that doesn't have drainage, the water left in the dish will just dissolve the glycerin in the soap turning it to mush - still perfectly OK to use but not very pretty to look at in your bathroom!