Updated: May 3, 2019
If you're wondering what handmade soap is, what its benefits are, and why you should give it a try, read this post!
What if we told you that there is a considerable possibility that the average person has not used soap in their lifetime?
As unbelievable as it sounds, this statement does have some truth to it! In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said the following: "Today there are very few true soaps on the market."
What is handmade soap?
So, what exactly is a true soap? According to the FDA,
“Ordinary soap is made by combining fats or oils and an alkali, such as lye.”
The FDA also went on to say that any product that (1) does not have alkali and fats or oils as its main ingredients and (2) gets its cleansing power from other materials cannot be considered a true soap. In fact, although a bar of "soap" is labelled as such, if it does not fulfill these requirements, then it isn't a true bar of soap – it's actually a synthetic detergent product.
Handmade soap has both alkali and fats or oils as its main ingredients. For example, here's the Ingredients List of our Peppermint Pick-Me-Up body soap:
INGREDIENTS: Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Ricinis Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Distilled Water, Mentha x Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.
The first six ingredients listed above are plant-based oils and an alkali that is more commonly known as lye. Hence, handmade soap is true soap!
What are the benefits of handmade soap?
Handmade soap has a few notable benefits, which include high quality ingredients, glycerin, and less plastic waste.
1. High quality ingredients
Saipo handmade soap is made with 5 kinds of plant-derived base oils, including olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil, and sweet almond oil. These base oils contain many vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients, many of which are necessary for supple, well-moisturized, and healthy skin. Also, to add scent, pure essential oils or fragrance oils are used. The essential oils have many benefits, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and soothing properties. Colorants such as kaolin clay and activated charcoal add their own benefits too, like the removal of impurities on the skin.
Saipo handmade is made through the cold process method, which involves mixing fats or oils with lye. When the two ingredients are combined, saponification occurs, which is the chemical reaction that results in two things – soap and natural glycerin. This natural glycerin is a humectant, which draws water from the atmosphere to the skin in order to keep it moisturized.
An important note: the combination of the high quality ingredients and natural glycerin in handmade soap have helped many people improve the texture, health, and appearance of their skin.
3. Less plastic waste
Unlike most commercial cleansers, Saipo handmade soap is minimally packaged with packaging materials that are all plastic-free. This means that every time you buy a bar of handmade soap, you opt for a more environment-friendly addition to your shower or bath time routine, and thereby lessen your plastic waste.
As you can probably tell, we love our soap and could go on and on about it! However, rather than read something that is unnecessarily lengthy, we'd like to invite you to choose the better option – give our handmade soap a try! The proof really is in the pudding. You do have to use it and feel the benefits for yourself to truly believe in its benefits.
Thank you for making it to the end of this post! We hope it was an interesting read and one that was full of useful information that has enlightened you about handmade soap. If you have more questions, however, we would love to chat with you! You can shoot us an Instagram DM, Facebook message, email, or see us at a local market we're attending.