At the heart of our daily routine and hygiene practices is soap. Have you thought much about the type of soap you use? There is a natural alternative to commercial soaps that offers a considerable number of benefits. There are a few reasons cold processed handmade soap is a great option.
Handmade soap is free from harmful chemicals. Commercial soaps usually contain several chemicals that are irritating and drying to the skin, especially to those who have sensitive skin or are predisposed to skin problems. Sodium laurel sulfate, triclosan, and SLS are a few examples of these harsh chemicals.
In contrast to chemicals, handmade soaps are made with natural ingredients including oils, butters, clays, and other natural additives. The ingredients used are gentle and nourishing to the skin and can enhance the feeling of hydration.
The ingredients can be formulated to customize a soap for specific needs and/ or uses. The oils, butters, and clays all have unique properties that can be adjusted, added, or removed to meet the needs of the individual skin. Essential oils and other natural additives can add particular benefits. Along with the fun of colors and fragrances, there are so many options. If your skin is oily, dry, sensitive, acne prone, or any other need your skin has, there is a handmade soap just for you.
Handmade soap lasts a long time. The process for making cold process includes a slow cure. With a minimum of six weeks in the curing racks a bar of soap that is harder and longer lasting is created. This allows for a more economical option and less waste produced by using less soap over time.
Cold process soap is made in small batches and without harsh chemicals. The natural ingredients, packaging process, materials used, and the longer lasting product all contribute to an environmentally friendly option.
Making a change from commercial to cold process soap can bring a number of benefits to your skin and the environment. Knowing that you are using a product that is natural and chemical free, long lasting, and environmentally friendly can give you confidence in your daily routine and hygiene. It is easy to switch, try one, two, or more that appeal to you and see the difference for yourself.