Sargent Asks: What Makes Handmade Soap Special? Here are 9 Reasons Why

Sargent Asks: What Makes Handmade Soap Special? Here are 9 Reasons Why

You caught us! We wrote about this on our blog long ago, but it is so important that it bears repeating! Handmade soap is so much better for your skin than commercial soap. We tried to further our original reasoning, so the articles give you lots of information - not repeated information. We love making handmade soap and other skincare products, and we love it even more when we can make your dreams a reality by creating custom soap and skincare products for you! Without further adieu, let's jump into it.

Handmade soap offers several unique qualities that differentiate it from commercially produced soaps. Here are some reasons why handmade soap is special:

  1. Natural Ingredients: Handmade soap is often crafted using natural ingredients such as vegetable oils, essential oils, herbs, and botanical extracts. It avoids synthetic additives, artificial fragrances, and harsh chemicals commonly found in mass-produced soaps. This natural ingredient selection can benefit those with sensitive skin or those seeking a more eco-friendly and skin-friendly option.

  2. Artisanal Craftsmanship: Handmade soap is crafted in small batches by skilled artisans who carefully formulate and create each bar. The process involves meticulous attention to detail, combining ingredients, and often incorporating creative techniques and designs. The craftsmanship of handmade soap adds a personal touch and creates a unique, one-of-a-kind product.

  3. Customization and Variation: Handmade soap allows for customization and variation. Artisans can experiment with different ingredients, scents, colors, textures, and designs, resulting in a wide range of options to suit individual preferences. This variety allows consumers to find soaps that align with their specific needs, tastes, and skin types.

  4. Skin-Nourishing Properties: Handmade soap is often formulated with skin-nourishing ingredients like nourishing oils, butters, and natural additives. These ingredients can help moisturize, soothe, and hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling soft and nourished. Handmade soap may also retain the natural glycerin produced during the soap-making process, a humectant that helps attract and retain moisture on the skin.

  5. Unique Scents and Aromatherapy Benefits: Handmade soap often incorporates essential oils, fragrance oils, or natural botanicals to create captivating scents. Depending on the selected oils, essential oils offer pleasing aromas and can provide potential aromatherapy benefits, such as relaxation, stress relief, or invigoration.
    Tray of small heart-shaped soaps in reds, pinks, and whites

  6. Attention to Sustainability and Ethics: Many artisans who create handmade soap prioritize sustainability and ethical practices. They may use responsibly sourced ingredients, environmentally friendly packaging, and follow eco-conscious production methods. Supporting handmade soap allows consumers to align their purchase decisions with their values and contribute to a more sustainable and ethical skincare routine.

  7. Artistic and Decorative Appeal: Handmade soap is often visually appealing, featuring unique designs, patterns, or creative elements. Artisans can experiment with colorants, swirl techniques, embeds, and decorative toppings to create visually stunning bars of soap. Handmade soap can be a functional and beautiful decorative piece for bathrooms or as a gift.

  8. Support for Small Businesses and Local Artisans: Purchasing handmade soap directly supports small businesses and local artisans. Choosing handmade products fosters a sense of community and enables individuals to positively impact local economies. It also promotes the continuation of traditional soap-making skills and craftsmanship.
    (Sargent Bubbles, thanks you for shopping small!)

  9. Commercial Soap Classification: Did you know the FDA classifies commercial soap as "dish soap"?? Are you a dish? No, you have delicate skin covering your body, and it requires special maintenance. You wouldn't use dish soap in your washing machine, you would use washing powders. Why on earth would you use dish soap on your skin? If you will continue using commercial soap, why not save some money and double up on Cascade the next time you're at the store?

Handmade soap offers a personal touch, an array of natural ingredients, customization options, and a commitment to sustainability and ethical practices. These qualities make it special and appealing to those seeking a more unique, natural, genuine, and thoughtful skincare experience.

Cold process soap in navy, pink and white swirls

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