What kind of soap do you choose? Dry scaly legs? Too much moisturizing and not getting clean? There are clear differences between handmade soap and soaps that are purchased at a big box store. Breaking the differences down is very simple. Most soaps that are purchased in a local grocery or chain store are considered to be cleansing, beauty or facial bars. You may even see the label "soap". When soap is created in the manufacturing plants they generally consist of an acid and a base....lye and oil. But then the difference happens. The glycerin is siphoned off the mix and converted into a glycerin bar. You can identify the glycerin bar because it is one that you can almost see through. Very pretty usually. The detergent remains and is sold as "soap".
Here is why that matters: When glycerin is removed during soap processing all that is left are the detergent ingredients. Think detergent. Drying. Harsh. Alligator legs. Scaly skin. Are you scratching yet? Conversely, when the detergent is separated out, the glycerin remains. While it is wonderful to have the moisturizing qualities in the soap, I need to have the cleansing feature too. I prefer to get authentically clean. Getting scrub a dub clean is important if you want to have friends.
Nitty details of store bought soap: Many of the detergents are made from petroleum products, ingredients you can't identify, surfactants, foamers and alcohol. (All drying). In addition, these chemicals don't have the best aroma so they are overly scented with many inexpensive, synthetic fragrances. The preservatives and antibacterial agents prevent them from becoming rancid. Yes, this is a good thing but also it allows your supermarket soap to sit on the shelf indefinitely. Since our bodies are not necessarily in tune with these chemicals we are seeing an alarming rate of allergic reactions. If you find this hard to believe, check out soap ingredients and common allergic compounds/chemicals. The association between the two is staggering.
Gritty details of handmade soap from the Healing Place Farm: Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Goat's Milk and Lye. Know your ingredients. Glycerin and cleansing together in one bar. Essential Oils. Unscented. You decide.
Select your soap. Love your largest organ, the skin. Take care of your body. You are important.