Why Choose Handcrafted Soaps
When we read the history of soap making, we learn that almost all soaps prior to the industrial revolution were home made. These handcrafted soaps were usually of very good quality. Mainly because of the years of practice soap makers had, and because of the knowledge handed down from one soap maker to the next.
With the coming of the industrial revolution, however, making your own soap grew out of fashion. The soap making industry was able to produce enough bars for everyone at relatively low cost and in a faster amount of time. This meant that the practice and knowledge of handcrafted soaps were soon forgotten.
Nowadays, however, more and more people are looking for handcrafted soaps. This is because true handcrafted soaps (meaning they are made from scratch) are the best kinds of soap for your skin. When a soap is home made, it retains all of its glycerine, an important part of soap that gives it moisturizing and caring properties. Most commercial soap manufacturers extract the glycerine from their soaps in order to use the product in lotions and other beauty creams.
Since the process in which glycerine is extracted cannot be done at home, handcrafted soaps have all of their glycerine. This means they are more likely to give you a rich creamy lather that is full of moisture for your skin. It also gives your soap bar hardness, and it makes the soap last longer too. These qualities are just a few of the many reasons why handcrafted soaps are once again being sought after, and home soap makers are responding to the demands.
Buyers need to be wary however because not all handcrafted soaps are made from scratch. Many soap makers use the melt and pour method of soap making, which means they are using a pre-manufactured base that they melt down and add fragrance and color too. While this method is fine when a person is simply trying to get a feel for soap making, the soap that is produced is not made from scratch, and therefore not the kind of soap you are after in terms of quality and skin care.
To make handcrafted soaps from scratch, you will need to use either the cold process or hot process methods of soap making. This involves mixing lye with water, rendering fats or tallow, and mixing these together with other soap making ingredients in order to achieve a chemical reaction wherein soap and glycerine are formed. This process can be a bit tedious, but the soap produced makes up for it in the end!
Since you can't be sure if the handcrafted soaps being sold on the market are really home made, and made from scratch, why not try making your own soap? Soap making is not a difficult hobby, and it can be very relaxing and rewarding. What's more is, you will get to customize your soap exactly the way you like it, giving you and your skin a treat every time you work up a lather!