Why Buy Homemade soap?

             Why buy homemade soap?  After all, bars from the store are usually cheaper, and come in many scents, shapes, and colors.  However, there is generally no way to tell what is really in there.  Because soaps are not intended to be consumed, there is no requirement to list ingredients.  Most makers of homemade soaps, myself included,  are proud to let you know the fine ingredients in their products.  For example, many commercial soaps may call themselves "cocoa butter soap" and have very little actual cocoa butter included.  Some products have only the scent, and not the actual ingredient, in their product.  My oatmeal, milk, and honey soap actually includes oatmeal, milk, and honey along with a fragrance oil to enhance the smell.  If you are interested in what you are using on your skin, especially important if you or a family member has allergies to some ingredients, then homemade soap is the way to go.  Most commercial soaps use tallow (meat fat) and lard (pork fat) in their soaps.  Soaps made with meat fats are fine products, and I feel that it is a responsible use of resources to use the entire animal, but if you are committed to a vegetarian lifestyle, or just prefer vegetable oil soaps, you should have the information to make that choice.

             Glycerin is a natural product of the soapmaking process.  Commercial soapmakers usually draw off the glycerin to sell as a byproduct.  In homemade soap, all of the glycerin is left in.  Since glycerin is a natural humectant, a substance that draws moisture towards it, it helps keep the soap from drying your skin.

             Homemade soaps do not have the many chemical hardeners and preservatives that are added to commercial soaps.  If you are interested, homemade soap can be made with only two ingredients, one oil mixed with sodium hydroxide, or can be made to accommodate your requests.

 

 

 

MJ and Nana Soap