What's so great about handmade, all-natural soaps?

What's so great about handmade, all-natural soaps?
After posting our step by step guide for making soap at home, and other various articles regarding the topic, we have received some questions from many customers. A lot of you simply wanted to know where you could find the ingredients for making your own soap from our recipe (what can be added, what are the benefits of additives), wanting to know more about kratom as an exfoliant (what is the difference in strains), and, most of all, people just wanted to know what the benefits of making their own soap at home would be.

In this article, we will explore the many benefits of making your own all natural soap at home. We will keep the overall recipe simple (the basic recipe you can find in our blog), as far as the soap we will talk about in general, but we will also speak about the benefits of different additives to the soaps.

One of the biggest benefits of making your own soap is: you know exactly what you're getting. Since you made it, you know exactly what went into it (and you control what goes into it!). So, let's start with that control, even before we talk about the ingredients. being in control of what goes into your soap means you can tailor your recipe to your needs. Have dry skin? Add something like argon oil to help remedy your specific issue. With the huge amount of products we offer, there is an almost endless supply of all natural botanicals that can be used to combat everything from dry skin to sweating issues.

Although the control over what goes into your soaps is great, it is the ingredients themselves that can be considered the greatest benefit. Handmade soaps are usually made from all natural ingredients (that's where we come in), like vegetable oils, salves, and butters. These all natural materials are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and contain many nutrients that are essential and vital to healthy, beautiful skin. As mentioned above, dry skin and sweating issues are some of the things we have heard of soap being used for, but people also use them for itchy skin, conditions like psoriasis, excema, and even acne. Younger people also find natural products more attractive than something with a list of chemicals in it that they can not even pronounce. 

Another huge benefit of making your own soaps is that you can be 100% sure that it is cruelty free. You know that no animals were hurt, no people were working in sweatshops, etc. You have a product that you made with your own bare hands and no animals suffered during testing, no people worked long hours for little pay in third world countries. This is one product that you know is 100% cruelty free, without question. Also, for our vegan friends, you have the opportunity to make sure none of your ingredients conflict with your lifestyle (this all goes back to the control you have when making your own products).

You also have a huge variety when it comes to making your own soap. The botanical world is almost endless, as there are many products which share certain benefits. Your options are virtually unlimited. We try to be as helpful and as knowledgeable as possible, so we can answer all of your questions and help you find exactly what you're looking for. After all, what good is making your own soap if it doesn't suit your needs? As mentioned in our last post, kratom is becoming an increasingly popular choice for exfoliation and we even recently had a customer contact us with questions about creating an exfoliating facial mask with it. She had already been using it in her soaps that she made at home, and wanted to make something different. We helped go over different botanicals that would work well in theory, and she put everything to the test. We are waiting to hear back to see how it all turned out, so you can expect a blog post about that when the time comes.

Finally, arguably the biggest benefit of making your own soaps isn't what is in it or what the ingredients can do, but it is what is not in it and what you can save yourself from. As mentioned above, there are countless chemicals in many of the soaps and lotions and masks on the market that contain a long list of chemicals with names longer than "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". 

As you can see, a large part of the benefits of handmade, natural soaps, is the ability to customize the product to your own needs, the pride that comes with creating something, and you can even try to sell your soaps to others and make some extra money. Who knows, you might even end up with a successful company someday. Whether you make 3 bars for yourself, or a large batch for you, your friends, and your family, you have a final product you can believe in, be proud of, and enjoy, knowing you made it yourself from some of the best raw materials on Earth!

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