Handmade soap is real soap in a pure and natural form. When fats, water and lye are combined they undergo a chemical reaction referred to as saponification. The by-products of the saponification reaction are glycerin and soap – absolutely no lye is left in the soap. The qualities of the soap – such as how hard the bar soap is and what kind of lather it makes – are determined by the type of oils used and how long it cures for before use.
Natural handmade soap is very mild and will cleanse your skin without drying it out. Most soapmakers superfat their soap batches, which means extra oils are added that are not saponified during the soap making process. Not only does this add superior moisturizing and emollient qualities to the soap, but it also prevents any excess lye from remaining in the soap. Most people don’t have to use a moisturizer after showering with a natural bar of soap as the skin is cleansed naturally, not stripped by use of a chemical detergent.
Always remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with, much the same as sticking something in your mouth. Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins in the body, illness can occur.
Commercially manufactured "soaps" (which are often actually detergent bars) tend to be drying because the glycerin is removed and then sold as a by-product to companies that incorporate it into their lotions and skin creams. Most people find that by using handmade soap that still has its glycerin, they don't need to apply as much lotion.
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