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Why Handmade Soap

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (1)

A skilled soapmaker can modify their recipe to produce characteristics in the soap naturally instead of adding chemicals to achieve the same go store-bought soap is likely to have the addition of synthetic chemicals to produce similar results and we feel, it simply is not needed. Glycerin is a natural skin emollient (skin softener) that attracts water from the surrounding air. Because of this, glycerin is highly prized in soaps, lotions and creams for maintaining moisture in the skin throughout the day. Animal fats and vegetable oils contain between 7-13% of glycerin as a part of their natural chemical makeup.

A skilled soapmaker uses fresh ingredients: 

Favourite hand crafted soaps include Honey and Oatmeal, Gorgeous. It is great for all skin types and when combined, honey and whole oats exfoliate skin and encourage regeneration of new cells.

Honey is also a great natural anti aging skin care product. Throughout the centuries, legendary beauties like Cleopatra have used raw honey as part of their skin and hair care treatments to keep them looking youthful. This natural healing agent is a mild antiseptic, includes antibacterial agents and is also a natural moisturizer. It is has the ability to attract and retain moisture, and to rebuild the moisture level in the skin without making it oily. It helps replenish necessary skin moisture, especially during the winter months. This is why honey is a popular anti aging skin care ingredient . And because it's so gentle, it is suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products.

Oats are also highly absorptive, hypoallergenic, and help to soften skin. They have the best amino acid balance of all the cereal grains (amino acids work as water-binding agents in skin care products). Oats have also been clinically shown to help heal dry, itchy skin.

Of course, many essential oils can be used to perfume hand made soaps. Orange oils contain high level of Vitamin C, which is proven to be an effective antioxidant. Antioxidants are a critical natural defence against "free radicals," unstable molecules that age the skin as a result of pollution, smoking and sun exposure. Yet another benefit of Vitamin C is its ability to enhance the synthesis of collagen: a critically important skin protein that strengthens structural support and resilience of the skin.

Other fruits such as strawberries make a gorgeous soap - the alpha-hydroxy acid in strawberries help clear up acne and oiliness, removes dead skin cells to make skin look younger and smoother. Strawberries are wonderful combined with vanilla. Did you know that Vanilla is one of the oldest and one of the most expensive spices as well as one of the most familiar. Among the purported health benefits of vanilla by ancient peoples was that it could act as an aphrodisiac. More recently, aromatherapy tests carried out on different aromas showed that the one that aroused most men was vanilla! So make yourself irresistable this Autumn and treat yourself to a hand made soap. You will never look back.