SOME TRUTH BEHIND HANDMADE SOAPS
Let's begin by recognizing what soap does. Soap cleans! That is what is meant to do. A well formulated bar of handcrafted soap will clean the dirt and grime from your skin without stripping all of your natural oils along with it. Soap is not a moisturizer, an acne treatment, nor will it cure diseases. That's not to say that some people don't find it moisturizing or that it improved their acne, etc...but this is most likely a benefit of not using commercial soaps that are filled with chemicals that are known to irritate and dry your skin. By simply removing commercial soap from your skin care routine, you will find your skin seems healthier. Handmade soaps also contain their naturally occurring glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant that draws moisture from the air. Commercial soap companies remove this glycerin from soap and sell it back to the consumer in the form of moisturizers.
Many soap makers use special additives in their soap. Goat milk, aloe, clays, fruit juices and/or purees are just a few examples. The goal is that the properties and benefits of these additives will carry over into the final bar of soap. The truth of the matter is that sodium hydroxide (lye) kills pretty much anything in its path. There is very little, if any, scientific evidence finding that any of the potential benefits are in the final bar of soap. There is no evidence saying they don't either. I would like to believe that some of the "good stuff" survives and is present in the final bar.
So, why am I telling you all of this? Total transparency is sort of personal to me. I don't like to be lied to so why would I do that to you? We, as consumers, should not have to research ingredient lists on the products we buy, but unfortunately, this is what is has come down to. We are done with the days that we simply trust what a company told us about their product.