Take a close look at the packaging of your favorite commercial brand soap.
Do you see the word SOAP anywhere on it? Or, is it called a beauty bar, cleansing bar, or body bar? If the manufacturer is following correct FDA labeling, these products cannot legally be called SOAP.
Have you ever noticed how regular soap leaves your skin feeling dry, itchy and tight? Alkali, the most common irritant in soap is often the culprit. Others ingredients in mass-marketed soap have been proven harmful to human health and can cause severe skin irritations in some people. These include ingredients such as DEA, Isopropyl Alcohol, BHT and Triclosan (commonly found in anti-bacterial soap).
The most common ingredient in conventional bar “soaps” is Tallow, also known as Sodium Tallowate as the ingredient listed on packaging. The attractiveness for tallow for mass-producing soap is that it is inexpensive (a by-product of the meat industry/roadkill) as it processes quickly, produces a hard bar of soap that is cheap and plentiful.
True soap is created through the saponification process which involves combining oils (fats) with alkali (salt) to create a binding chemical reaction (saponification) that forms a humectant, glycerin. Glycerin is worth more pound for pound than actual soap, and prized for hydrating results in lotions, creams and moisturizing treatments.
Most commercial manufacturers often remove the glycerin from their formulations and sell it. They replace it with synthetic lathering ingredients, call it something catchy like a “beauty bar” and nobody even knows that it’s actually a detergent.
The cold process method produces premium quality soaps, but takes the longest. This is the method we use at BR Naturals. All of the Glycerin is retained in our formulations which is why many comment that their sensitive skin does not feel tight or dry after using our soaps.
Our high quality soaps use organic vegetable oils such as Avocado oil, Coconut oil, (ethically sourced) Palm Kernel oil, Castor oil. Once the bars are cut, they need to dry (or “cure” in soap terms) for up to 1 month before they can be packaged and sold for use.
Evidence abounds of the healing properties of a handmade bar of soap. Those who suffer from skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as people that have sensitive skin, often find immediate relief by switching to handmade soap due to the lack of irritants. Store bought soaps often do not contain glycerin which absorbs water from the air and is a key factor in keeping skin soft and healthy. Glycerin soap is especially good for sensitive and delicate skin, and for children.
For adults, the skin covers approximately 20 square feet of the human body. It is the largest human organ and is the bodies first line of defense against dehydration, temperature, infection and harmful substances. Handmade soaps give your skin the care it deserves and make bathing a gentle, soothing experience.
For many of us today, life seems to move at an often hectic pace. While the stress of everyday life increases, personal time is at minimum. A fragrant, handmade bar of soap is a simple indulgence that fosters a feeling of relaxation and being pampered. Treat yourself or someone you love to the benefits of handmade soap!
For awesome handmade soap, made with the highest quality all-natural ingredients, look no further than BR Naturals. These products are made to the highest standards using only plant-based oils and scented with essential oils.
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