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What makes handmade soap special?

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Glycerin, a by-product of handmade soap

Someone recently asked me,
"So when customers ask 
what makes handmade soap special, what do I say?"

She wanted to give the best answer possible, and picked up her pen while she waited for an answer. There's more than one reason why handmade soap is superior to commercial, but if I had to explain it in a minute or less, I'd say this:

The biggest difference between handmade soap and commercially made soap is the copious glycerin content, left in handmade soap. Handmade soap is good for you, because your skin loves glycerin. 

Glycerin is a humectant. Humectants attract water from the air, onto our skin. It makes our skin feel soft, supple and comfortable. Glycerin is created naturally, as a by-product of the chemical process that creates soap. 

Commercially made soaps produce lots of glycerin too, but it's not retained in the soap.  Nope, it's purposefully skimmed off and replaced with chemical synthetics, while the natural glycerin is sold for other purposes.

Manufacturing companies use glycerin for everything from pharmaceuticals to printing. It's a lucrative by-product, and removing it is also why people feel so dry and tight after showering with a commercially produced soap bar.

Sometimes it comes down to not only what you add, but what you don't take away. The small batch soap-maker has no means of removing the glycerin, and we wouldn't if we could. You'll feel the difference the very first time you use a handmade soap, and some things are just worth it!




4 Responses

Valerie DeVito
Valerie DeVito

March 26, 2019

Ha ha ha thanks, Jackie xo

JackieTaylor231
JackieTaylor231

March 26, 2019

I love all the custom soaps and they are really made well.. Plus I think the maker of said soap is just “The Berries”….xo

Valerie DeVito
Valerie DeVito

March 26, 2019

Teresa, You and me both ;-)

Teresa
Teresa

March 26, 2019

Just can’t go back to regular soap…..ever. I

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