There are so many reasons for making your own soap. Making your own soap is a fun and rewarding experience. It is an experience that also allows you to control the quality of the ingredients you put on your skin.
Commercially produced soaps, the ones you buy in the grocery or drug store, are for the most part detergents and not really soap. Detergents strip all of the good oils from your skin, and leave a film that makes your skin feel dry. These soaps are also full of chemical preservatives, such as parabens, that are dangerous to your health. These soaps are often made with the cheapest of fats, and have all of there natural glycerin removed. Glycerin is an important humectant, and without it soap is drying. Commercial soap makers try to make up for this drying effect by adding cheap petroleum based moisturizers to the soaps. These petroleum based moisturizers can be dangerous. Commercial soaps are also highly fragranced with fragrance oils that often contain pthalates, which are a type of plastic that is known to cause hormone disruption.
When you make your own soaps the old fashioned way it is possible to add only the best moisturizing oils and butters. These soaps retain all of the natural glycerin and cleanse and moisturize your skin naturally without dangerous chemicals.
Making your own soap is easy. The simplest soap can be made with olive oil from the grocery store and lye from the hardware store. Easy Soap Making Directions
Making your own soap is also much more affordable than the prices you would pay for a similar bar of soap in a specialty store. The average handmade bar of soap will cost you around $1. The average handmade soap that you can purchase from a specialty store will cost anywhere from $6-$8. That is a big savings.
Watching your own specifically designed combination of oils and herbs turn into a luxurious bar of soap is an amazing sight. It allows you to be creative and create soaps that meet your skins needs. Making handmade soap is fun and addictive. If you start making your own soap you will never go back to store bought again.