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Why Use Natural Soap?

Updated on November 15, 2015

The Benefits of Using Natural Soap

Why use natural soap? I've seen the benefits of using natural soap personally and in many of my customers. The first benefit I noticed from using my hand made soap when I first became a soap crafter ten years ago was that I didn't have to use lotion as often. Natural soap helps maintain the natural acid mantle of the skin which in turn helps it retain moisture and provides many other benefits.

My customers and family and friends have seen great improvements in their skin such as a reduction in acne break-outs and blackheads. Some say it even seems to make scars less noticeable. The benefits will vary from person to person, but everyone will see an improvement in their skin.

Function and Purpose of the Skin

Did you know your skin is the largest organ of your body? To protect you from overheating, it sweats and blushes. To keep you from getting cold, it can close down its blood supply, keeping your body heat inside.

Skin has two layers. The outer layer, the epidermis, is a barrier that keeps disease out and keeps in water. The skin is sometimes called the mini-kidney. It helps push toxins out of the system and keeps the lymph system cleansed. If your skin is bombarded by the chemicals found in commercial soaps, (in addition to the pollutants in the air and water) it can't perform its job properly. Simply put, it lets disease in and water out, causing all kinds of complications

that go much more than skin deep.

Paraphrased from an article by J.D. Anderson of White Dragon Soaps.

Note* J.D. Anderson was my primary mentor when I was learning to make soap. He has pass on now and his business was closed down by his family as none of them shared his passion for soapmaking.

How are natural soaps different from commercial soaps?

Commercial soaps are made in huge batches from detergents, surfactants (a chemically derived product that promotes foaming), synthetic fragrance and many other synthetic (chemically derived) products. They can strip the natural oils from your skin, and possibly cause skin rashes, dry, chapped skin, and many other symptoms of dermatitis.

Natural soaps are made in small batches from vegetable and/or animal fats. These fats contain nutrients needed to keep your skin healthy. They don't strip the protective layer of oil that your body naturally deposits on your skin in order to keep out disease bearing bacteria and other pollutants and to protect you from the effects of sun and wind

Natural soaps retain all the glycerin found naturally in vegetable oil in just the right amount to keep the moisture in your skin.

Some people have asked if the process of soap making depletes the benefits of the oils used. My answer is always, not if the soap is made properly. The oils have to be heated above 150 degrees in order to start degrading, and if soap is properly make the oil should not be heated above 110 degrees. The saponification process doesn't destroy the properties of the oils either.

Is the grade of vegetable oils used important:

There are conflicting opinions on whether the skin absorbs anything you put on it, but from personal experience I feel that it definitely does.

Many soap makers use the least expensive oils they can get (soap/cosmetic grade). Others prefer to use the higher quality, extra virgin or expeller pressed (food grade) oils.

The problem with the soap/cosmetic grade oils is that they are extracted with a chemical, usually hexane, and even though all possible efforts are made to remove this chemical after extraction it can't be removed completely.

While it's true that the minute amounts of a chemical found in one bar of soap will probably not harm most people, a life-time build-up of chemicals from external applications in addition to the chemicals added to our food to preserve it for long shelf life, our drinking water to kill harmful bacteria, and the pollutants in the air, can lead to such problems as allergies, and even life threatening diseases. Why not eliminate as many of these as we can, including the chemicals found in products we put on our skin?

Susan Miller Cavitch is one of the leading authors on soap making. This guide will not only teach you how to make soap, but will give you the chemistry of soap (if you're interested). Lots of illustrations, how-to's and recipes.

This book will give you an understanding of how each oil interacts with the other ingredients so you can soon begin making your own recipes to suit your unique skin type. It's an invaluable reference guide.

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      Jennie Hennesay 2 years ago from Lubbock TX

      Unfortunately an unpleasant odor is often the case. There are more pleasant scents afforded by using essential oils, but they are more expensive so the soap is more expensive too. Using natural soap on a regular basis can help alleviate or deter skin problems. They don't have to smell bad to be effective. :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      once my mom bought several cakes of natural soap for skin disease, it has an awful smell but did cure the skin problems

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Excellent information! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      intermarks 6 years ago

      We can really create a lot of design by making your own soap, you can use any natural ingredient like lavender or sandalwood that have some healing properties that is better for our health when compare to the commercial soap. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      didn't know some of this stuff about natural soap, thanks for educating me with your good view points. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love natural soap, and making your own sounds a great idea!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I can tell I am going to have to set some time aside to review all your lenses. Homemade products, herbal remedies, and beading are three of my favorite things! Lensrolled, liked, and favorited!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      excellenet lens about the use of natural soap..

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      I'd love to find the time to make some soap!

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      Craftyville 7 years ago

      I only use natural soap, its the best.

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      howtocurecancer 7 years ago

      I love natural soaps and I enjoy reading your lens.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      I have always wanted to try making my own soap. With the information you have here I think I will give it a try.

      Lensrolled to Garner Rix and the Royalton Raid: a unit study that helps children learn what life was like in 1780 including making their own soap.u

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      I really should try some of these.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi I am wondering if the person who wrote this can tell me if they have any of the recipe/notes from JD Anderson? If so please email me at


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      ChristiannaGarrett-Martin 9 years ago

      I quite agree! Excellent lens.

      5 stars!


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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Natural soap is the best! 5*s and lensrolled to my lens about Soapnuts.

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      cdwinsby 9 years ago

      Good Job! Most people don't know how important it is to be aware of what they're putting on their skin. Homemade soaps are definitely the best choice.

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      I need to try some of these soaps I love this lens !

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 9 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Good soaps are indeed a luxury I can't live without !

      I love making goat milk soap and other products using my herbs/flowers from my organic garden.


      Want to live a more natural life ?

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      MerryChicky 9 years ago

      great lens. loved the science of the skin bit, and the explanation about the different extraction processes.

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      ms-giggles 9 years ago

      Hi Jennie,

      Fantastic Lens. I now know how to make soap!! Thanks Beth

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      This is excellent and educational, to boot! Good job!

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      kathysart 9 years ago


      OH! This is just fantastic! I now know so much more than I did before about fine soaps. Thank you!


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