7 Reasons To Buy (And Use) Handmade Soap
You see it at the farmer's market and in gift shops and your best friend's bathroom. But what is so special about handmade soap anyway? You may be wondering if there are any handmade soap benefits that would improve your skin's health and your overall happiness.
I've compiled a list of seven reasons to buy handmade soap. (Although, some of the handmade soap benefits only apply if you actually use the soap!) Plus, I've included one extra reason for the socially-minded reader. So, what are the benefits of handmade soap?
1. Excellent Value
When it comes to skin-care, you generally get what you pay for. Something costing $1 to $2 will have very different ingredients from something that is $5 to $7. Saving money on the soap itself may sound great, but if it strips the natural oils from your skin and you have to pour an expensive lotion on your skin to add back moisture, you didn't save as much money as you think.
Handmade soapmakers create products with natural oils, not synthetic detergents. Most formulate their recipes to make a gentle cleansing bar that doesn't strip natural oils from the skin. Before I started using my handmade soap, I was miserable with chapped legs and itchy arms, and I could never seem to keep enough lotion on hand. Now I rarely use lotion and yet I have silky smooth skin. One of my favorite things about soapmaking is hearing testimonials from people who have experienced the benefits of better skin just from switching to handmade soap. If you want to read more about how I discovered the handmade soap skin benefits, visit my about page here.
2. Quality Ingredients
Look on the label of any handmade soap. You will probably recognize every ingredient. And most of the time olive oil is the first ingredient. Why? Soap made with olive oil is gentle on delicate skin. But the price of olive oil can fluctuate depending on the success of the growing season, so large manufacturers consistently avoid it. Most of the soapmakers I have encountered care more about skin benefits than their bottom line.
Most soapmakers create handmade soap in small batches. Ideally, it is less than 2-3 months old when used. Although these soaps may not have the longevity of synthetic commercial soaps, the skin benefits from the more natural oils and phthalate-free fragrances in handmade soap.
4. The Lather
I don't know about you, but when I don't see many bubbles on my washcloth, I feel a little cheated. I mean, I know you don't have to have bubbles to clean your hands, face or body, but I like the bubbles to fill the washcloth and sit on my skin without me doing too much work to get them. It just feels so much more luxurious to me. I've done extensive testing to find a great combination of ingredients that produce the most satisfying lather while still making a gentle and mildly cleansing bar.
Where else can you buy a soap representing the Blue Ridge Mountains, except someone that makes small batches of handmade soap? There are so many talented soapmakers all over the world creating art with a practical purpose. Many handmade soap artisans don't even charge extra for the time and skill required to make their one-of-a-kind creations.
Handmade soaps make wonderful holiday and Christmas gifts! They are perfect for white elephant gift exchanges or hostess gifts or stocking stuffers or gifts for coworkers, teachers, or the person on your list that seems to have it all. As someone that started soapmaking to give as Christmas gifts, this is one of my favorite handmade soap benefits.
Handmade soapmakers are more responsive to feedback on their products. Try telling a major manufacturer that you want a coffee-scented soap. Do you think you'll get it? It may take a few months for a handmade soapmaker to add something to their product line because they usually must order ingredients, test fragrances, etc., but most care very much about making their customers happy, and they have a greater ability to respond to feedback.
Speaking of customization, handmade soap also makes a great wedding favor or baby shower gift for guests. Many soapmakers can produce custom packaging or designs to match colors or themes for your event. Are you having a dinosaur birthday party for your favorite four-year-old? How cool would it be to have a soap shaped like a dinosaur to give to your guests? They would remember the event and the fun they had every time they sniffed the custom soap!
7. Treat yourself!
Sure you could buy yourself a box of chocolates, but that guilty pleasure could show up on your waistline by the end of the week. A shopping spree on handmade soap costs less than a steak dinner for two and will last for months instead of minutes. Every time I step in the shower, I feel more present and relaxed when I have one of my handmade soaps to enjoy! And my skin benefits from my healthier form of self-care! Sometimes when I feel stressed, I just spend a few minutes smelling my favorite soaps, and it puts me in a better mood almost immediately.
Bonus Reason: Support local business
Are you involved in a local charity, church, or non-profit? Small businesses happily sponsor and give to local causes. That's not necessarily the case with large companies producing products overseas. Also, it is more Eco-friendly to buy something made with sustainable ingredients in your state or hometown than buying something manufactured in a foreign country. Plus, you can feel good about supporting real people doing work that they love! It is one of the win-win benefits of buying handmade soap!
Still not convinced?
Think of your favorite chocolate chip cookie. I bet it's homemade. And I bet it cost more to make than the $1 box of cardboard cookies that you could get at the store. Because it's fresh. Because it's made with better ingredients. Because it reflects your specific tastes. Because it's better.
Ready for a little self-care? Join the millions of people who have already seen the benefits of handmade soap in their skin and their lives!
Visit my online shop to check out my current selection of handmade soaps or stop by a local craft show or farmer's market to support a soapmaker where you live!
So, what are the reasons you choose handmade soap? Do you know someone skeptical of the benefits of handmade soap? Share this article with them! Or better yet, give them a bar of your favorite handmade soap. And if you don't buy handmade soap yet then I'd love to hear what's holding you back! Leave me a comment!