Let me start by stating the obvious. I make and sell soap; of course I want you to love it. But why I want you to love it is what matters.
If you think about it, soap is a very intimate consumable good. You lather it up on every part of your beautiful body and you should always be very selective about what you use. Whatever comes in contact with your naked skin has the likely potential to be absorbed and circulated in your bloodstream. What gets to touch your sensitive bits matters!
On that note, loving handmade soap is partially about what is not in it. Typically, if your handmade soap provider truly practices the craft with care, you will not find detergent additives to induce lather or chemical additives that make the bars harder. Have you ever noticed that the vast majority of “soap” in the grocery store isn’t labeled as soap at all? That’s because they can’t legally do so; if it isn’t soap, they can’t call it soap.
Our fondness is also about what is in handmade soap. Handcrafters of soap spend a tremendous amount of effort on critical trials to ensure they have it right. They use carefully calculated combinations of different oils and butters to create a soap base that exploits the natural benefits of each of those ingredients. The chemical makeup of the natural oils determines the characteristics of the finished soap following saponification (process that turns fat and lye into soap) and you can bet that you are getting the best blends a soap maker has to offer!
Did you know that most handmade soap makers enjoy special requests and challenges? If you have sensitive skin or are crazy about a blend of essential oils, reach out to a soap craftsperson and ask if he or she would formulate a soap for you. Do you have a friend who would love a care package full of amazing, handmade soaps and bath fizzies? Chances are good that your favorite soap maker will create a beautiful arrangement and ship it for you.
As if you need more reasons, it is about the pride of craftsmanship that goes into handmade goods. Being a soap maker, I can tell you that every single batch is made with love, care, and positive energy. It is a laborious process to create those beautiful bars with intricate swirls or a pure, solid-colored cake of soapy goodness. Every time you use handmade soap on your body, know that it was not produced in a cold, heartless, factory, but in someone’s home, or soap room, or personal shop. It was made where love, laughter, and good times abound.