With more people becoming aware of how harmful chemicals are to the environment, more people are purchasing or making their own home and beauty products, including handmade soap. Handmade soap is safer for your skin than store bought soap, because it is free from chemicals and artificial fragrances. Handmade soap is good for anyone, but especially beneficial to people who have sensitive skin, dry skin, acne, eczema and other skin conditions.
Handmade soap can cost more than store bought soap, but it does tend to last longer, and you are paying for quality. Don’t worry, the best handmade soap is not insanely expensive. You can even learn to make it yourself. It is made by mixing lye, water and various oils and fats. Oils commonly used in soaps include coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. Sometimes animal fats like lard or beef tallow may be used to harden the soap. The other oils provide lather and moisturizing agents. After the soap has saponified, essential oils may be added for fragrance.
Once handmade soap is mixed and poured, it needs to cure for two to eight weeks so it will be safe to use. Some people would rather purchase soap that is already made than make it themselves and wait for it to cure. If you don’t want to wait, consider shopping with The Soap Guy. They have many soaps for low prices, and you can buy in bulk in case you want to share or resell it.