The Truth About Handcrafted Soap
Also known as "handmade soap" or "homemade soap," handcrafted soap is a blend of both science and art. By combining the scientific knowledge of the last 150 years with the artistic creativity of the soapmaker, each bar is safe, luxurious and unique.
Handcrafted soap can be made from scratch by the cold or hot process methods or by using a pre-made soap base. True soaps are a result of a chemical reaction between vegetable or animal fats, water and lye. When combined, they transform into soap and glycerin with no lye remaining in the soap. This reaction is called "saponification," which literally means "the making of soap."
Handcrafted soapmakers generally pride themselves on the unique recipes they use to create their signature soaps.
Most handcrafted soapmakers use food-quality, natural ingredients, starting with a variety of vegetable oils such as olive, coconut, or palm, or they may use purified tallow or lard. To these might be added specialized oils, nut butters or seed extracts to bring the desired qualities to the finished bar.
Fragrance oils or plant-based essential oils are added for scent. For colour or texture, soapmakers often use cosmetic-grade pigments or dyes, botanical, herbs, spices or other natural ingredients. For those with sensitivities, many soapmakers also make "simple soap" with no additives or scent.
Besides all the wonderful ingredients that may be in handcrafted soap, perhaps the biggest advantage of handcrafted soap is in the soapmakers themselves, each of whom invests care and attention to detail into every batch and bar.
When you use a bar of handcrafted soap, you know it as made with the personal touch of a local soapmaker.