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Why Use Handmade Soaps
Are You Using Soap Or Detergent On Your Skin?
Did you know that the soap you use every day is probably not soap? You may say...what? Most commercial soaps are not soaps, they are detergents, and therefore do not meet the legal definition of soap. Take a look at commercial products sold in stores and you will most likely not find the term "soap" on the package. Most commercial soaps are often produced with harsh chemicals, synthetic ingredients, including petro-chemicals, and cheap perfumes or fragrances. These so-called soaps can be drying or irritating on the skin, and even worse, absorbed by the skin deep into the body and internal organs.
So...What Is Soap?
Handmade soaps are created with vegetable oils, liquids, pure essential oils, clay, earth pigments, and lye. These non-toxic natural ingredients makes a product that qualifies as soap. A handmade soap is the most beautiful and gentle skin cleanser, even for the most sensitive skin. Many people say that using handmade soaps has improved their skin and lives. They no longer experience, itchiness, dryness, and other skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
What Is Saponinification
But, is lye not toxic? At The Herb Stop we are asked this question quiet often, and I totally understand. I don't want lye on my skin either. Here is what I know. When the soap maker combines lye with the oils, the saponification process starts. This process turns the lye and oil into soap. There is no more lye in the finished soap bar. Just as in water, H20, two gases - two hydrogen and one oxygen - makes water and is now a liquid and totally safe.
How To Take Care Of Handmade Soaps
Never let your handmade soaps sit in water. They need to be placed in a soap holder or soap dish that allows for drainage and air circulation between uses. If you let the soap stand in water, it will melt and dissolve quickly.
At some point, your soap turns into a small sliver. Don't throw it out. You can place one or several slivers into a muslin bag, and pull the drawstring. When you get into the shower or bath, simply wet the pouch and soap and lather up. When you are done, hang up the pouch and allow to dry between uses. In this way you lengthen the life of your soaps, and your cotton soap pouch can act as a gentle exfoliating scrub.
Top 5 Reasons Why Use Herb Stop's Handmade Soaps
- They are hand crafted in small batches by a skilled herbalist/artisan
- They are made locally, by local herbalists/artisans, right here in Pine, AZ
- Our soaps are of a high quality, as we use higher quality ingredients
- Ingredients such as coconut oil, virgin olive oil, palm oil, organic herbs, pure unadulterated essential oils, clay, and earth pigments, nourish and moisturize the skin and maintain the skin's natural pH level
- Handmade soaps are natural and do not harm the environment and are 100% biodegradable
The daily use of Herb Stop's natural soap is a beautiful sensory experience. Your bathroom will smell amazing. Your skin will thank you. Your skin will feel moisturized and soft, look radiant and healthy.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products and statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Consult your doctor, pharmacist or herbalist before use.