Homemade soaps are better than commercially available soaps. They are gentle and cheaper than the commercially produced soaps in the market and they don’t have the harmful chemicals that are found in the commercially produced soaps. The main ingredients in making soap are animal fat or vegetable oil. The commercially produced soaps usually use animal fat as their main ingredient while the homemade liquid soap uses vegetable oil.
Glycerin – making all the difference
Homemade soaps only last for 3-4 days as compared to the commercially produced soaps which last for 2 weeks due to the presence of glycerin on homemade soaps. Glycerin is the by-product when you make soap and this is removed by the manufacturers to provide a harder soap. During the production of soap, commercial manufacturers add salt to the soap mixture to extract the glycerin from the solution.
It is placed on beauty creams, shampoos and lotions instead of leaving it on bar soaps because it makes the bar soap soft and easy to dissolve in water. It also works wonders on skin and hair because it is a natural a softener which leaves the hair and skin soft and smooth.
Glycerin is a sweet-tasting, non-oily, colorless liquid which easily dissolves in alcohol or water but it becomes more stable when fragrant oils are added.
Glycerin is natural humectants. Humectants keep the skin supple and silky. Being natural humectants, homemade glycerin soaps keep the skin on your face smooth and clear. Homemade glycerin soap is hypoallergenic because it is organic and it is highly recommended for people who have sensitive and dry skin.
Lye is another ingredient used in making soap. It is the by-product of ash and water, and it can be hazardous if it is not used and stored properly. It could cause burns and corrosion if large quantities are placed on the soap.
Homemade soap for kidsHomemade soaps are ideal for use on kids and baby’s skin. It does not contain harmful chemicals like sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS. The SLS is responsible for producing lather or foam in commercially produced soaps. It is also used in shampoos and degreasing agents because SLS is proven to effectively remove oil and grease. Since it also removes the natural oils in your body, SLS can make your skin dry which eventually leads to rashes, irritation and eczema.
During the 1980’s, the American College of Toxicology studied SLS and its effects. The study shows that 5% of SLS can cause skin irritation while larger doses of SLS can cause skin corrosion. By making homemade soap for kids, it gives you the liberty of using the ingredients that you want to use and avoid the harmful chemicals like SLS. With homemade natural soaps, you are sure that the ingredients being used are safe, mild and are of high organic quality.
Homemade soaps and its benefitsMaking your own easy homemade soap takes a little of your time and effort. But these are small inconveniences as compared to the array of benefits that you could gain in making your own soap. You have the freedom to choose your ingredients and retain the good qualities that these ingredients have. For example, glycerin and other humectants are usually extracted from the commercially produced soaps. But these ingredients are important in keeping the moisture in your skin. if you are the one who is making your own easy homemade soap, you can retain these by-products to avoid irritation and drying of your skin. You must be warned, though, of the disadvantages of retaining these ingredients or by-products. The manufacturers of the commercially available soaps are removing glycerin and other humectants because the make the soaps soft and becomes easily dissolved in water. With these characteristics, the commercially available soaps lose in the tight competition on the market.
Making homemade natural soap also saves you money. All you need to do is familiarize yourself with the procedure and you’re off to making your own homemade soap, saving money and help you make money by selling these homemade soaps. You can also create soaps in different colors and shapes and give them away as gifts to your loved ones and friends. They will surely appreciate your gift because you are the one who made it for them and you get to introduce them to organic soaps and the benefits that they could get from using it.
There are kits that are available to help you get started in making homemade soaps. You can order them online or buy them in the hobby shops.
Homemade soaps and homemade liquid soaps are the best substitute to commercially available soaps. They are mild, natural and best of all, it does not have any harmful chemicals that could ruin your skin.