Why Choose Homemade Soap?
Why choose homemade soaps when commercial soaps are cheaper?
You get what you pay for. Commercial soaps may seem cheaper up front, but are typically laden with a long list of harsh chemical ingredients, one of the worst of which is lye or sodium hydroxide, which can be disguised a number of ways in ingredient lists. (Lye is the active caustic ingredient in another common household product - drain cleaner! Let that sink in for a moment...)
Our soaps are primarily glycerin based. Glycerin, a natural by-product of the soap Commercial manufacturers typically use a process to remove most of the glycerin from their soaps in order to extend their shelf life. Little to no glycerin means that commercial soaps dry out your skin, which then creates a need for you to purchase moisturizing creams and lotions. (And what do they put in those creams and lotions to make them moisturizing? The glycerin that was removed from their soap!)
One of the first observations I noticed when I began using my own homemade soaps is how much longer they last. (This has also been the experience of family members who have acted as my "soap testers" as well.) I have no scientific basis for this, but my hypothesis is that since I get a better and quicker lather with homemade soaps, there is much less waste involved "working it up" to lather.
Why else should you switch to homemade soaps? They are FUN!! I make my soaps as creatively as possible, and each batch is unique. I use a variety of intoxicating scents and colors to keep it fun and interesting, and I also love to embed little toys or keepsake figures into bars, providing for extra fun and value! My soaps are typically themed by batch, wether it be a cartoon character, flowers, mythological creatures or fun animals! The possibilities are endless! I am always open to suggestions as well - if there is something you'd like to see that I haven't created, please feel free to send me your suggestions! I do create custom orders as time allows, and can customize themes, scents (or no scents, if preferred) and colors as well.
I hope that this information has convinced you of the benefits to both your skin and your pocketbook by switching to homemade soap. But if that information wasn't enough, I have created a comparison chart of ingredients between one of the common soap bases that I use and a few of the more popular "commercial" soap bars below: