You can support handmade soap makers.
Is the soap you are currently using made in the USA? Choosing to support local small businesses is one of the best ways that you can spend your money. By buying from a local soap maker, you can help them build their businesses. Spending your money to help local makers grow their businesses is a thoughtful way to support your local community's economy.
Handmade soap has more natural ingredients.
Artisan, handmade soap contain some of the most luxurious ingredients available to consumers. Label reading is a good practice and will educate the consumer as to what they are paying for. Choosing luxurious ingredients such as olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter can preform more effectively than the harsh, ingredients often found in the less expensive, more commercially available soaps. Coconut oil, for example, contains 50% lauric acid which actually creates big soap bubbles and it moisturizes your skin in the process. Store bought soaps often contain harsh additives that produce bubbles and lather, but these can irritate the skin.
Soap makers get creative with scents and artistic details.
Soap makers have the flexibility to create beautiful works of art, unlike mass-produced varieties. Details such as hand sculpted tops, beautiful swirled patterns and unique scents combinations are possible when the soap is hand-crafted. Store bought soaps are usually made using machines and cheaper, synthetic fragrances. It can take years for a soap maker to master the artistry of advanced soap making techniques. Soap making is part science and part art!
The choice is clear.
By using a handmade soap, you are saying yes to high quality, luxurious ingredients; yes to supporting a local maker; and yes to helping a small business thrive in your community.