Why Should You Buy Our Soap ...

First of all, if you are buying soap solely based upon cost, then there is no reason to look at buying handmade soap. Handmade soap will always be more expensive than commercial soap. There are a number of reasons for this, including:

      1. Handmade soapers do not use cheap byproducts from slaughter houses like beef and sheep tallow.
      2. Handmade soapers pay more per ounce for our ingredients because we are not buying oils by the railroad car load.
      3. Handmade soapers almost always use higher quality and more ingredients, i.e. our basic soap uses olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil and shea butter.
However, if you are concerned about what you put in and/or on your family, then please consider the following information:

In recent years, we have done much research on what ingredients are in the products we put on our bodies. Basically, we have discovered a few disturbing facts: First, ingredients in the products you put on your skin are absorbed into your bloodstream much more quickly than ingredients you ingest, making the effect of these ingredients much more serious. Putting toxic or petro chemicals on your skin or scalp may actually be worse than eating them. When you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body. However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs. Once these chemicals find their way into your body, they tend to accumulate over time because you typically lack the necessary enzymes to break them down.

Second, most products available on grocery store shelves, or even on health food store shelves, contain toxic ingredients, many of them by-products of the petroleum industry with a laundry list of long term side effects. These products include shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bar soap, liquid soap, face moisturizer, hair styling products and makeup. For now, we will focus on bar soap, shower gel and liquid hand soap, as these are the products that could be replaced with our all natural bar soaps.

Let's take a look at some ingredients you may encounter when you begin reading those disturbing labels. Propylene glycol is a very common ingredient found in personal care products. The material safety data sheet on this ingredient warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as it is a strong skin irritant and can also cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. Propylene glycol is a petroleum based product.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents and bath oils/bath salts.

Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural.

The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product. SLS is the sodium salt of lauryl sulfate, and is classified by the EWG Cosmetics Database as a "denaturant, surfactant cleansing agent, emulsifier and foamer," rated as a "moderate hazard."

Similar to sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is sodium laureth sulfate (short for sodium lauryl ether sulfate, or SLES), a yellow detergent with higher foaming ability. SLES is considered to be slightly less irritating than SLS.

Ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS) is another surfactant variation commonly put into cosmetics and cleansers to make them foam. ALS is similar to SLS, with similar risks.

Excerpts for this section were taken from this article, which you can refer to for more information.

Triclosan is an another one of those disturbing ingredients. It is an antimicrobial chemical found in personal care and sanitizing products. It can be found in soaps, toothpaste, and hair products. Its dangers include being an endocrine disrupter, creating hormone imbalances and decreasing thyroid hormone production. For more information, please refer to this article

Why Worry About Your Skin?

Your skin is much more than a wrap to keep you from sliding down into a puddle of formless bio-goo. It is your body's largest organ. You might not be aware of the many protective functions your skin serves. Consider that your skin:

      1. Protects your internal organs from injury and infection and is your primary and most important defense against infections.
      2. Helps eliminate wastes through perspiration.
      3. Assists your immune system by providing a protective barrier to viruses and bad bacteria, thus preventing infections.
      4. Provides a friendly habitat for good bacteria.
      5. Helps maintain body temperature by controlling heat flow between you and your environment.
      6. Seals in moisture, maintaining your body's delicate fluid balance.
      7. Produces vitamin D, which is crucial for your health.
      8. Sends sensory feedback to your brain because it is rich in receptors, such as hard/soft and hot/cold, so that you can react to dangerous conditions around you.

Your skin is vital to your health, yet many people fail to take care of it. Because your skin has the ability to absorb much of what you put on it, informed choices are critical to optimize your health. You should give your skin the same thoughtful care you give your diet, because much of what goes ON you ends up going IN you.

I have only touched upon a few of the many compounds used in your everyday body wash, bar soap and liquid hand soap. There is much more research out there, I encourage you to do your own investigation about what you are putting on your skin.

So, in summary, why use our soap? Our all-natural, handmade soap uses none of the ingredients discussed above. Our soap is made with extreme attention to detail. We wanted the healthiest possible soap for our family to use on their skin. In the process, we discovered the luxurious lather and smooth, soft feeling of our skin after using our soaps. Our soaps can be customized to your specific skin condition, or for your personal preference in scents and skin conditioning qualities. We think you will love the peace of mind you get by eliminating harsh, toxic chemicals from your families' soap, and you will definitely love your skin.