Homemade soap/handmade soap cleans gently to leave your skin soft and smooth. Our soap is different & better than body wash and chemical soap here’s why:Chemical soap is defined as all those mostly synthetic, so called “soaps” that are full of harsh detergents and petro chemicals, the ones that fill the shelves of many stores today. This includes the pretty clear (or opaque) “glycerin” soaps shown above (many of them are made with cheap, harsh synthetic soap bases), most of the commercial shower gels and liquid soaps on the market, the highly touted “hypoallergenic” soaps recommended by main stream dermatologists (the word is meaningless!), virtually all of those rock hard overpriced soaps, and even many of the supposedly ” all natural” “organic” soaps found at your local health food store is loaded with toxins! Check out the ingredients (if they bother to give you any) and you’ll see just how many cheap oils & fats (like soy, canola, animal fat or tallow) and synthetic petro-chemicals their so called “soaps” really contain. Don’t buy into it! Reading the labels carefully is one of the most essential part of buying any quote on quote soap , bath and hair care products, ask questions, inform yourself. Even if you’ve been using these harsh commercial soaps for years, after you read this blog hopefully I’ve planted a seed.
Now that you are armed with a little bit of knowledge, real handcrafted natural soap is fairly easy to spot. It should say “soap” on the label. By law, fake soaps can’t use that term so they call it a “beauty bar” or a “moisturizing bar” or some other crazy name to make it appealing. Look for soaps with cold pressed organic extra virgin olive oil, saponified organic olive oil as a main ingredient which is rich in antioxidants and revitalizing skin nutrients. Most commercial soaps contain very little or none because it’s expensive, and those who do often use pomace olive, an inferior grade of oil extracted with harmful chemical solvents. Is your skin worth the very best? We think so! Avoid fragrance oils, perfume oils, potpourri oils, and nature identical oils which are all different words for synthetic fragrance oils. Many of them contain unknown or toxic ingredients, they pollute our environment, and they’re one of the biggest causes of skin irritation and skin sensitivities today. Just because a product has a botanical sounding name does NOT mean it came from a plant either. Cranberry, watermelon, peach, pear, apple, strawberry, fig, pomegranate, coconut and many others (the list is long) are synthetic scents made in a laboratory. Likewise, many soaps supposedly containing vanilla, jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, and sandalwood are also made with synthetic scents because the real essential oils, absolutes, or concretes are very expensive or even endangered.
The bottom line? If an oil doesn’t have a latin botanical name, then it’s not a true essential oil and it has no aroma-therapeutic benefits. Ask the soap maker. Go to the health food store and smell the real essential oils. After a while, your nose will know the difference. Look for soaps made with real essential oils which are extracted from plants that are safe and therapeutic when used properly. They’re more expensive, but well worth it in terms of your health and the health of our planet. If the label just says “fragrance”, “perfume”, or “parfum” it’s probably a fake synthetic scent.Other synthetic additives to avoid are FD&C colors, dyes, antibacterial triclosan & triclocarban, EDTA, TEA, DEA, sodium laureth and sodium lauryl sulfates, to name a few. They’re not kind to your skin, your health or our environment.The real test will be when you use a well made natural soap. (Notice I said well made, because all handmade soaps are certainly not equal!) If it dries your skin out or makes it feel tight or itchy, it may not be real. On the other hand, there’s nothing like well made, glycerin rich, handcrafted natural olive oil soap to leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and nourished. So if you’re looking for skin loving soap, take the time to seek out simplysabuni.com. It may cost more, but you get what you pay for, and your skin will thank you for it. Keep in mind what you use on your skin is the same concept as what you put in your body!