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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Handcrafted Soaps

Updated on December 29, 2015

Handcrafted soaps


So many handcrafted soaps to choose from

There are many types of handmade soaps available on the market today that leave the consumer with an abundant amount of options to choose from. Handcrafted soaps are becoming more and more popular as awareness to skin nutrition continues to rise. Many choose to use natural skin care products such as handcrafted soaps for therapeutic reasons. When searching for the best quality handcrafted soaps for such reasons, there are a few things one should look for.

Tips for choosing the healthiest handcrafted soaps

1. Vegetable oil base such as olive, coconut, palm, sunflower or soybean. These are the most common oils used in soap making today. Olive oil offers the best quality of all the oils, and does not interfere with the skins normal functions.

2. Be aware that handmade soaps with animal fats or tallow are known to clog the skins pores and remain on the skins surface creating a barrier, vegetable oil based soaps offer more therapeutic value. Milks are often added to the base as well. Goat milk when added to handmade soaps helps bring the ph level closest to the skins natural ph level.

3. Look for handmade soaps that have added emollients such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera that are soothing and softening to the skin.

4. Stay away from synthetic fragrance oils if you are chemically sensitive. These oils are produced in laboratories by chemist. The oils cost less, smell great but hold no therapeutic properties and could cause skin irritations and allergies. Look for handmade soaps that are scented with essential oils instead which are concentrated extracts from plants by distillation or expression. These oils add color, textures, therapeutic properties and aromatherapy. For very sensitive skin try an unscented soap bar.

5. Herbs and spices used in homemade soaps not only add color and texture but add to the therapeutic value as well. Ingredients such as oatmeal, cornmeal, ground almond and cinnamon are great for exfoliation, and herbs such as lavender, calendula, and rosemary are a few of the many herbs that are commonly used in soap making.

Soap Trays

Handcrafted soap on a handmade soap tray
Handcrafted soap on a handmade soap tray

Prolong the life of you hancrafted soaps

These are five things to consider when shopping for the best quality handmade soap for healthy skin. Also keep in mind, after purchasing your new handmade soap bar, to make sure it dries out after each use. It is not good for handmade soaps to sit in a puddle of water after use. Unlike commercial store bought soaps, handmade soaps have no artificial hardeners in them; they are in their most natural state full of glycerin. The soap will turn to a mushy mess if not kept on a soap dish/tray allowing it to dry. So after each use be sure to place your handmade soap bar on a soap tray to prolong its use.


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      Geralynn 3 years ago

      What a plruasee to meet someone who thinks so clearly

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Important tips to keep in mind. Thanks for sharing what I didn't know, and reminding of what I "did" know!

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Thanks amybradley77 you really can't go wrong with handmade soaps, they are so wonderful.

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      amybradley77 7 years ago

      Always looking for a more natural way to go, thanks for the great tips here. A.B.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Katie so glad you enjoy the product and no we currently do not have products with frankincense and myrth, so sorry. I think its an excellent idea and that we should start adding to our product list.

      MartieCoetser, I am so happy to have inspired you, I think its great to support local business when ever we can.

      We sell at many farmers markets, which I am pretty bad at because I usually spend all the $ I make and buy as much as I can from the other market vendors. I'd rather my money stay in the community and help a family out than save a couple bucks getting a lesser quality product at a big chain store.

      Cheapsk8chick, thanks for stopping by, we learn something new everyday here at the hub don't we. I am sure that the soap bar your friend gave you is still much better than many of the commercial soaps. However if one is suffering from skin allergies and is extremely chemically sensitive, should consider these guidelines when searching for a natural therapeutic handmade soap bar.

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      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      I knew nothing of the benefits of handmade soaps. Wow, what a wonderful thing it is. I have some that a student gave me for a gift, but am unsure of what they are made of. I don't want to use something that will clog pores. Maybe I will steer clear and buy some that I know is made from olive oil. Thanks!

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      Our grandmothers and even mothers made their own soap. Why don’t we do it anymore? Obviously it is more convenient to buy it. You’ve inspired me now to support the home industries in our region. They sell only handmade products at affordable prices, including soap and candles. Thank a lot, ralwis!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Rob, Ewwwwww how cool, Handmade soap is the only way to go. I love your pure n simple products. The real stuff you can see, feel and touch inside the soap, its great to the skin.

      I love the aroma of frankincense and myrth! Do you have a product and or products with frankincense and myrth. OMG I buy a body spray, body oil and soap from ...would love to switch to yours, that is this scent combination and it's to die for. Everyone loves the very unique scent of it, it's my signature scent. Do you have that combo, if so I def want to give yours a go!

      Love your amazing information and product availablity!

      :) Katie

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Thanks prasetio, the handmade soap business is a great one and there are many great soap co. out there. I hope this hub helps selecting handmade soaps a little easier for those who are searching for a the purest most natural soap bar.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Another great hub from you, my friend. I thought you are productive writer now. I am glad to hear about this. You always come up with useful information, like this one. I hope I can made this by myself. This could be amazing business by adding aroma therapy. Thanks for writing this. I learn much from you. Vote up.

      Your best friend, Prasetio