As people become more conscious about their health and the environment, natural soap has gained immense popularity in recent years.
But with so many options available, choosing the right natural soap can be overwhelming. ISo here is a guide to natural soap, including its benefits, ingredients, and how to choose the best one for your skin type. I try my best to make one for everyone here at Paula's Secrets.
Soap is a daily essential that we use to cleanse and maintain hygiene. However my soaps are not necessarily for handwashing.
Whilst it is an essential item in our household, and we often do not give much thought to the type of soap we use.
However, the type of soap you use can have a significant impact on your skin and overall health. In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for natural handmade soap, and for a good reason.
Why it's worth making the switch you wonder when you can just get a 2 dollar bar from your local grocery.
What is Natural Handmade Soap?
Natural handmade soap is soap that is made from all-natural ingredients such as plant oils, essential oils, and botanicals, sometimes also animal fats but I haven't used that so far as all my soaps are vegan .
These soaps are made in small batches using a traditional cold process method which I have seen growing up in my grandmothers home.
This method preserves the natural glycerin that is produced during the soap-making process, resulting in a soap that is gentle and moisturizing on the skin.
Natural handmade soap is free from synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and chemicals that are found in commercial soaps.
Ok fine you say, but what are the benefits of using Natural Handmade Soap ?
Gentle on the Skin Commercial soaps often contain harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances that can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause dryness and irritation.
Natural handmade soap, on the other hand, is gentle on the skin and helps to maintain the skin's natural PH balance. It is free from harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances, making it ideal for people with sensitive skin.
It is MOISTURIZING!!! Yes you heard and read that right, natural soap is moisturising.
Natural handmade soap contains natural glycerin, which is a humectant that helps to attract and retain moisture in the skin. This means that natural handmade soap is moisturizing and helps to keep the skin soft and supple without even the need for body cream after.
Environmentally Friendly - and this is a subject I am passionate about :)) Commercial soaps often contain synthetic chemicals that are harmful to the environment, natural soaps contain biodegradable ingredients that do not harm the environment, because all that water that goes down the drain and back into our rivers or sea does not need more pollution with chemicals from any body wash especially when we have a better choice. Plus if you are using a shower gel count all the plastic bottles that come with it, an extra problem for the environment -PLASTIC .
Natural handmade soap, on the other hand, is made from all-natural ingredients that are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
No Animal Testing -only HUMAN testing :)
Natural handmade soap is often cruelty-free and not tested on animals, making it an ethical choice for those who are against animal testing .
They are Unique!!!
Handcrafted Natural handmade soap is unique and handcrafted, making it a great addition to your bathroom or as a gift. Handmade soaps are often made in small batches, and each batch can vary slightly, making it a unique and one-of-a-kind product.
Now it gets even better ...
Can natural handmade soap help with skin conditions? Yes, natural handmade soap can help with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Natural handmade soap is free from harsh chemicals that can aggravate these conditions, making it a gentle and effective alternative.
Look for natural soap that contains ingredients such as oatmeal, aloe vera, and chamomile, which can help soothe and calm irritated skin. I have recently added to the collection the Aloe Vera one that is a fantastic choice for skin conditions. Also Honey Love has honey, colloidal Oatmeal inside -great choice for sensitive skin types .
How long does it last? Well, my natural soaps and handmade soaps in general can last for a long time if stored properly. It is best to keep the soap in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight. In the shower avoid leaving your soap in water, make sure it has a soap holder or place it in a place where it can dry after each shower.
Is natural handmade soap more expensive than commercial soap? Short answer -YES Natural handmade soap can be more expensive than commercial soap due to the high-quality, all-natural ingredients used in the soap-making process. However, the benefits of using natural handmade soap outweigh the cost.
Can natural handmade soap be used on the face? Yes, yes and again yes -natural handmade soap can be used on the face. However, it is important to choose a soap that is specifically formulated for the face with added natural vitamin E, rosehip oil, or frankincense, which can help promote collagen production and improve skin elasticity. Great option to your face wash and brilliant to use after the Clean Cleansing Balm as a double cleanse technique .
In conclusion, natural soap is an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve their skin's health and overall condition . More to come ...Love, Paula xx