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Why Handmade Soap?

Why should I buy handmade soap when I can get more soap for less money at the grocery store? 

Generally, the commercial soaps carried at most chain stores, etc. are full of chemical additives, additives that not only dry out your skin but can lead to rashes and other irritations.This is not only because of the synthetic additives in the soap but also because most soap companies take the glycerin out of their soap. The commercial soap bars that line most grocery stores’ shelves are actually synthetic detergents. While that's great for your dishes, it's not very good for your skin. 

Handmade Soap is soap in its true, pure form. It gently cleanses away excess oils and bacteria, but doesn't strip your skin of its natural oils. 

IF the commercial soap company does put in some natural ingredients along with its synthetic ones, they do so in such small quantities as for it to be inconspicuous in the soap. Its main purpose is to catch the eye of the consumer and give them the illusion that this soap is more natural. If you read the ingredient labels though, the soap is still primarily made with synthetic ingredients. 

Using commercial soaps over time leave your skin dried out, or way too oily ,and feeling like its never clean. Natural handmade soap, that only uses natural ingredients, can restore the moisture to your skin, while still getting you clean. You will be amazed at the difference! 

Handmade soap is a cleanser made with simple ingredients that are good for your skin. In the handcrafted soap making process, oils and fats are combined with lye to produce soap and glycerin.Some people may question the use of lye in handmade soap. The fact is that all soap is made with lye. What needs to be made clear is that once the process of saponification is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. ALL bar soaps are made with lye, however, when made correctly, there is NO LYE remaining in the final bar of soap. Whether your soap is manufactured by large corporations, or smaller handcrafted soap makers, the above rings true, regardless. Lye must be used to make the soap, but there should never be any remaining lye in the final bar to hurt the skin. Saponification is the chemical reaction created by combining these oils or fats with lye and water.

Soap is made by adding water, oil and butters together, along with something to form them into soap (an alkali). That ingredient is Sodium Hydroxide which is lye. For liquid soaps, it is Potassium Hydroxide. The chemical reaction is called saponification. The soap maker must calculate the correct amount of lye for the specific oils used in each recipe. If too much lye is used, the bar may be hard and crumbly. If too little, the bar becomes soft and will become rancid faster, due to the natural oils & butters that are used in handmade soap. 

Saponification is a chemical reaction that takes place when oil is mixed with an alkali solution, such as sodium hydroxide (lye), water & oils or butters. In other words, the oil and lye combine to make soap. When the proper amounts are used at the proper temperatures, all of the lye and oil are consumed by the reaction and only the soap remains. Generally, slightly more oil is used resulting in a soap that is more moisturizing for the skin and ensuring that all of the lye is used up in the curing process. 

The resulting reaction creates soap and glycerin. Soap cleanses the skin while glycerin moisturizes it. Many of our handmade soaps also contain butters and other oils to increase the moisturizing effect of the soap and herbs and other natural items for an exfoliant. 

Glycerin is naturally produced during the soap making process. In fact, pound for pound, glycerin costs more than soap, which is why most soap companies remove the glycerin from the soap and sell it to manufacturers of lotion. We do not remove the glycerin from our handcrafted soap, so when you purchase soap made by us, it contains all of the naturally occurring glycerin. With our handcrafted soap you get a fabulous cleanser and a moisturizer all in one, which was created for top moisturizing ability. 
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Winter Skin

 
Suddenly with the cold weather firmly implanted here in the northeast US...  Being stuck indoors with the furnaces pumping out warm dry air into our homes and offices...   It starts to take a toll on our largest organ.. our skin.  Dry hot air combined with those long hot showers that feel sooooo good while you are taking them but wreak havoc on our skin..  Next thing you know we find ourselves experiencing tight, itchy dry skin. Yuk!

What to do? Well.. for starters.. if you are using commercially mass produced "detergent soaps" with a chemical called Sodium Laurel Sulfate..   STOP NOW! Throw it out! Because despite what their ads say... it's making your skin dry...  because it's stripping your skin of whatever natural moisture it has left. 

Winning the battle:
Start by using a superior handmade soap which contains all of the natural glycerin that is never removed. Unlike commercial soap manufacturers who remove it... and replace the glycerin with SLS... And if.. no when.... you go with a handmade soap...  Please go with ours.  Not just because it's ours..  but go with it because our soaps are among the very best available. How do I know this? Because for years every time and every where I would go I would buy handmade soap simply to compare to ours. So I know it's way better than most and every bit as good as a few..  And is surpassed by none. There are many good choices for fighting the winter dry skin blues..  First and foremost I would personally recommend our #121 Better Butter bar which has an extra shot of shea butter which is combined with essential oils of lemongrass. It's not just super soothing to your skin.. it smells fantastic too! Other great winter soap recommendations are:  #101 Goats milk soap#102 Chamomile Tea,  #103 Oatmeal Honey, #116 Tea Tree lime and last but not least #119 Calendula. Don't forget that if you do have forced hot air heat in your home..  get yourself a humidifier...  your skin..  will thank you for it.. and you will sleep more comfortably as well. Using a great handmade soap often makes the need for skin creams and lotions unnecessary...  So try one of our soaps first.. and should you still need more for your skin... talk to us... because we have some of the very finest natural skin products available.
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Welcome to our online store

Welcome to our online store! Our team is proud to announce that we're now open for business, and we look forward to serving you all in the future. If you have any questions about this store or the products found within, please don't hesitate to contact us any time. Our website has been carefully designed to provide you with an amazingly flexible online shopping experience, and its ease of navigation is something we think you'll grow to depend on and appreciate. Feel free to browse our entire product catalog, and let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the items housed within. Our team is always ready and willing to assist our customers, and we are happy for your visit.
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