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Hand Made Soaps Made Simple

Feb 24, 2008
In my opinion, there is no comparison between real handmade soap and commercial soaps that are available on store shelves in department stores everywhere. According to various reliable internet sources, soap is basically water, lye, and fats or oils. When a lye and water solution is mixed together with the fats, the chemical reaction is called "saponification", which is the reaction of hydrogen, oxygen, sodium, and fatty acid molecules, resulting in about three parts soap and one part glycerin. Glycerin is a rich emollient prized for its ability to moisturize the skin and is retained in handmade soaps, but is extracted in commercial soap as a valuable by-product leaving the hard dry bars of soap sold at Wal-Mart and elsewhere. Properly prepared handmade soaps have no lye remaining, and it cannot be made without it.

Handmade soap bars are rich and moisturizing, soothes and softens the skin, and cleanses without drying. Handmade items for the bath and spa leave even sensitive, allergy-prone skin feeling wonderfully moisturized, luxuriously soft and smooth. Soaps and other skin care products are beautifully scented with rosewater, organic herbs, and flowers grown in organic gardens. Handmade soaps, herbal bath and beauty products, skin care gift baskets, and handcrafted natural toiletries can be purchased online from soap makers and retailers around the world. Countryrosesoap offers a complete range of natural handmade bath and body products including handmade natural soaps, bath bombs, shampoos, and more. Lush is another store that features lush fresh handmade soaps in addition to natural cosmetics and beauty tips.

The makers of handmade soaps often use various ingredients like olive oil or fresh cow milk, in addition to pure essential oils and fragrances, like soaps featured by Alabu makers of all-natural farm fresh goat milk soap, and OliveOilSoap that offers pure handmade olive oil soaps and body products. You'll find a comprehensive listing of makers of handmade soaps from small and large companies all over the world, that make their own handmade soaps completely from scratch. Choose from scented, unscented, colored, swirled or layered soaps, round soap, or just plain and simple soap. Handcrafted soaps, handmade soaps, herbal soaps, or natural soaps are the gentlest, silkiest most latherful soaps you can buy. Light a candle, grab your favorite bar of soap, add some water, and in no time you'll feel renewed; use this simple pleasure as an act of loving kindness to yourself.
About the Author
Charlie Reese owns several internet soap shops. He blogs about soap and beauty products as well. He also enjoys getting a psychic reading at least twice per month and checking out the daily horoscopes.
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