The power of marketing is not to be sneezed at. Ever. In fact, oftentimes, it can be quite positively dangerous. The lure of catchy slogans, hidden messages, vivid imagery, and well-thought out words is incredibly hard-to-resist. Few things exemplify this subversive side of life better than our relationship with beauty products.
Soap is a big part of our life. All the more reason one should try and get to the bottom of it. Or, at least, get to know a little more about what goes into it. If nothing else, at least acquaint yourself with the difference between commercial soaps and natural handmade ones. Doing so can help you in more ways than one.
Handmade v/s Factory-made
Natural soap is made from a chemical reaction between water, lye (also known as sodium hydroxide), and fats and oils. These fats and oil are turned into soap and glycerine by a chemical process called ‘Saponification’. This process, when completed properly, leaves you with pure soap, glycerine, and some residue from the natural ingredients in the individual recipe. Handmade soap is almost always made in small batches. You won’t find huge “handmade soap” factories out there.
Commercial soap is not ‘made’ but ‘manufactured.’ We use the term manufactured because of the way it’s made – by combining chemicals (including petroleum) in a slurry mixer. The mixture heats up on its own as a result of two chemical reactions. Once the mixture heats to a certain temperature, it is dried using a vacuum chamber and an atomiser. The resulting powder is then mixed with various other ingredients to form the final product. Sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it? And it is, when you think about it.
Soap: The inside story
A natural handmade soap is, well, completely natural. It may or may not be organic, but it definitely will not have a single synthetic ingredient in it. Essential oils, natural butters, and other natural oils can be added in to change the benefits of the soap as well as the natural scent. There is nothing else in there. No preservatives, no synthetic fragrances, no chemical compounds, nothing but pure, natural ingredients from Mother Earth.
Take a good look at some the ingredients labels we’ve posted here from the wide variety of natural soaps we have in store for you and you’ll see what we mean.
Compare these ingredients with the ones you are likely to see on the labels of any mass-produced soap that is available in the market and you will discover the horrifying difference between natural soap and the ones manufactured en mass. Fact of the matter is, other than water, hardly any other ingredient is natural. This is the ugly truth of popular “beauty bars”.
The goodness of Glycerine
Many people believe commercial cleansing bars contain the benefits of glycerine. This is mostly untrue. Truth of the matter is commercial soap manufacturers usually extract glycerine to use it for lotions and other such skin care products because it is expensive and they’d rather use it for more expensive products.
On the other hand, a high quality organic, handmade soap will always contain the goodness of glycerine. Glycerine, in case you’re wondering, is a compound that soothes and moisturizes the skin. Since glycerine can draw moisture out from the air and into the skin, it helps the skin to remain soft and moist for a long period of time. You need your soap to do this for your skin. And this is not something most commercially-manufactured soaps do.
The pH factor
Did you know all good natural soaps contain a pH level around 9-10? Well, now you do. It’s not true that that soaps and cleansers must have a pH level that matches with that of the human skin. FYI, your skin is fairly acidic, which helps it ward off the advances of harmful bacteria and fungi. The optimal pH of human skin is 5,5 and you can measure it with a piece of litmus paper. Cleansing dries your skin, which is why you need a soap with a higher pH level than that of skin. Healthy skin, cared for with products free of chemicals, will rebalance itself within an hour or two of cleansing. Commercial soap bars usually have Free Alkali in them. This is used to lower the pH level unnaturally. And this is what makes them harsh and dries your skin. Free Alkali, though, is good for shelf life and thus a good reason for manufacturers to be generous with it in soap.
A nose for chemicals
After so many years of ‘training’ you might think it’s natural for a soap to be fragrant. That’s where you are wrong. The term “fragrance,” “perfume,” or “nature identical oils” on an ingredients list usually represents a complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. Often thousands of chemicals are used to make a soap smell fragrant. Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity (alone or in combination). Many of these unlisted ingredients are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. 95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds. Does this smell like something you want to clean your body with day in and day out?
Finally, 5 reasons to go natural
And on that short note, here are 5 reasons to switch to one of the natural and organic soaps we have in store for you.
Support entrepreneurial artisans, small businesses, and individuals like you and me.
Natural soaps smell natural and ensure your body smells right in an allergy- free way.
Natural soaps clean. Soaps that contain chemicals trick you into doing the opposite without your knowledge.
Natural soaps are unique and special and make you feel unique and special.
Natural soaps costs way less when you consider the health cost of using commercial soap.
If you feel that variety is the spice of life then handmade soap won’t disappoint! No matter your skin type or personal preferences, there is a soapmaker out there who is creating just what your skin and senses crave at bath time. Not all handmade soap is alike and there are an infinite number of recipes and flavors for you to choose from. Have fun shopping around or chatting it up with a soapmaker next time you visit your local craft fair or farmers market. We are dedicated to helping you discover the joy of happy and healthy skin just the way you like it!
Goat’s Milk Soap
When it’s about natural organic soaps with fantastic benefits. Goat’s milk soap tops the list. It is made of majorly three ingredients-
- Goat’s milk
- Nourishing oils (coconut oil, palm oil and olive oil)
- Essential oils (for health benefits or fragrance)
Which makes it an excellent alternative to regular soaps.
Now, let’s have a look at some of its benefits-
- It cleanses gently yet deeply: The lactic acid found in goat’s milk cleanses your skin by eliminating impurities. The alpha hydroxy acids break the dead cells and remove the dull surface by giving your skin a clean appearance. The natural ingredients in the soap work gently without causing excessive dryness.
- It gives you a nourished and healthy skin: Since goat milk is packed with vitamins like A, B1, B12, B6 etc. and other minerals such as zinc, copper, iron etc. It also contains fatty acids, antioxidants and enzymes which are needed by the body and is important for our skin. The best part of goat milk is that it penetrates the skin faster and provides sufficient amount of nutrients.
- It gives your skin a soft and a moisturised touch: Goat’s milk is a natural moisturiser that absorbs into the skin instantly and creates a moisture barrier that keeps skin soft, smooth and supple for a longer period. It contains proteins, fatty acids and glycerine which have super hydrating and moisturising properties.
- It prevents aging: Goat milk soap keeps the body free from the oxidative damage that is caused by free radicals as it is rich in powerful antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C and E. It eliminates the dead cells from the surface and reveal new cells from underneath. Which as a result delay aging and helps in getting rid of premature signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and so on.
- It gives you an acne-free skin: The milk protein present in the soap possesses antimicrobial properties which help in preventing the growth of acne-causing bacteria and destroys the ones already present on your skin.
- It helps in healing skin infections: The goat’s milk soap helps in healing the skin infections like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis faster.
- It helps in maintaining the PH balance of the skin: Caprylic acid, a fatty acid found in goat milk helps in maintaining the PH balance of the skin. Because of which the skin can absorb nutrients from the soap and prevent the attack of germs.
- It protects the skin from skin cancer: Goat milk soap contains lots of selenium, which is proved, can protect the skin damage caused by ultraviolet rays of the sun. And therefore, keeps skin cancer at bay.The biggest ranges and best prices on all our supplements, prescription medicines and health products at
What are you thinking? Just give Goat’s milk soap a try.
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