We all of course use soap but is the soap we use only helping to clean our skin or is it at the same time also helping to take care of our skin? The answer is that if you are using a mass produced soap then it is probably only helping to cleanse the skin but, if you are using a handmade soap which was made with natural, organic ingredients, it is not only cleansing your skin but also possibly taking the best possible care of it as well.

The use of handmade soap is growing in popularity as people are becoming aware of its full value to the skin and its beneficial qualities overall. With the beneficial properties that are present in good, natural, organic ingredient soap today, few of the other more expensive skin care products are needed, provided you use the soap regularly. The benefits of natural handmade soaps can include anti-aging properties, moisturizers, improved skin tone and help in healing burns, wounds and scars. Some may even be able to help reduce or prevent stretch marks and give relief for bites.

Even though some of the well-known, mass produced soaps claim that they include natural ingredients which can be beneficial for skin, often the actual process of mass production, reduces or even eliminates many of those benefits and so all you are really getting is a nice smelling cleansing agent and nothing more. The oils and other natural ingredients used in handmade soaps are used unprocessed so that they retain all of their benefits, providing the best possible care for your skin and sometimes even your hair.

Some of the main ingredients included in the various handmade soaps are:

  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Organic RSPO Palm Oil
  • Organic Shea Butter
  • Organic Avocado Oil
  • Organic Castor Oil
  • Organic Cocoa Butter
  • Organic Mango Butter
  • Organic Argan Oil
  • Organic JoJoba Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Ginseng
  • Organic Essential Oils
  • Vitamin C
  • Beetroot Powder
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Distilled Water
  • Lauric Acid
  • Grapefruit Seed Oil

Many of these ingredients you will be familiar with but others like Shea Butter are perhaps a little less known. Shea Butter is extracted from the pit of a Shea Tree’s fruit and has been used as a skincare product for hundreds of years in West Africa where the tree originates but has only more recently been brought to the attention of the people in the west as to just how beneficial it can be as a skincare product. Its fats are highly moisturizing and can balance and condition skin, leaving it glowing. Its properties are also great for assisting with eczema and cracked elbows and heels but can also help with dry scalp as well. This is however an example of an ingredient that loses most of its beneficial qualities when subjected to the processing practices associated with mass production.

It is little wonder therefore, that in this world of erratic finances, more and more people are turning to the cheaper option of handmade soaps for their skincare needs.