Tuesday, September 10, 2013

5 Reasons To Make Your Own Soap

Jonathan Parker

For those of us splashing around in the 'natural' community, experimenting in making our own products becomes quite the addicting hobby. We like to build things, create things, making them from scratch. If this sounds like you, and soap making has eluded your creative efforts so far, now might be the time to try your hand at it. It's so much more than just arts and crafts; the benefits can be measured in your health as well. If all you're waiting on to start is a few reasons, well... I have 5 for you. And speaking of health benefits, and because I can order them however I want... Here's number 1. 
1. Health benefits!

Of making soap? Yup. What's interesting about commercial soap is that it's not technically 'soap' in so many words. One of the main ingredients, glycerine, is the main moisture-trapping component of real soap. The commercial manufacturers generally remove the glycerine for use in lotions and skin creams. While this is all well and good, it leaves you with a bar of what might as well be laundry detergent or car wash. When you make your own soap, YOU choose what ingredients are included or, in this case, not removed. Skin dryness and irritation are common side effects that many people suffer from. Your skin also partially absorbs chemicals and other materials it comes in contact with, which is good to remember the next time you're reading ingredient labels in the health and beauty aisle.