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What are the benefits of using cold processed handmade soaps versus a commercial soap? Many!
The benefits of soap made from natural ingredients are several, especially that they help in maintaining healthy and beautiful skin. Organic soap made from coconut, olive oil, or palm oil is rich in vitamins, that help people with sensitive skin and those who suffer from skin diseases like acne, psoriasis, eczema and other dry skin problems. The skin is the largest human organ, as well as the body's first line of defense against dehydration, temperature, infection and harmful substances. Handmade soaps give your skin the care it deserves by gently cleansing and locking in moisture. The cold process handmade soap contains no harsh chemicals or artificial dyes, which are absorbed into your skin through your pores with regular detergent-like soap from the super store. Only natural ingredients are being absorbed into your skin with the cold process soap option. Commercial soaps sold in most stores are not really soap at all, but detergent. Detergents are petroleum-based products that tend to leave your skin feeling dry, itchy and tight. Most commercially produced soaps also contain synthetic lathering agents, artificial colors, and a slew of chemicals we can't even pronounce. Antibacterial and antimicrobial soaps sometimes contain a chemical called triclosan, which is also used in some pesticides and is known to cause cancer. A lot of the chemicals used in the mass production of commercial soaps are irritating and drying to a lot of people’s skin. The natural by-product of glycerin is stripped from the mass produced soap to be sold to companies that produce lotions and creams. These humectants generate smoothness and lubrication. Without it in the soap your skin can begin to feel tight and hard. People with sensitive or dry skin will find it especially difficult to find mass produced soaps with a high glycerin level. With handmade soaps, on the other hand, the glycerin is left in place and not extracted, leaving the soaps much more moisturizing and smoother on the skin. All of my soaps are made using natural ingredients, no detergents, chemical fillers or preservatives, and retains all of the natural glycerin. Natural is always better than synthetic.
Once you bathe with a natural handmade soap, you will never want to use a commercial soap again!