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5 Things To Consider When Purchasing Handmade Soaps

Posted by Rob Dietz on

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The modern day consumer is now more conscious about their skin health than ever. Millions of Americans now take time to analyze the ingredients used in skincare products, often ditching synthetics for the natural. Charcoal cleansing bars, mud soaps, organic soaps, vegan soaps - take your pick, and you will find hundreds of products online that match what you are looking for.

While most people appreciate the all-natural soap options present in the market, it can be quite challenging to determine which are good and which are better left on display. Soap brands may use attractive advertising language that could mislead you on the right type of soap for your skin.

Here are five considerations that you might need to make as you buy your handmade soap.

  1. Ingredients

Products from handmade soap companies are popular due to their extensive use of natural ingredients. Charcoal cleansing bars often contain activated charcoal, while eucalyptus soaps will contain eucalyptus oil as a key additive. You may need to read the ingredients label on the wrapper, as some soap brands may add inorganic ingredients to the products as preservatives. While commercial soaps can be effective in cleaning, the chemicals used may be harsh, leading to your skin drying and cracking. Look for emollient oils such as olive, coconut, castor, and shea butter, as well as natural additives like clays, oatmeal, and essential oils.

  1. Purpose

The natural ingredients present in charcoal cleansing bars perform different functions. Some ingredients are deep cleansers and exfoliators, while others are moisturizers. You may need to figure out what you intend to do with the bar of soap before purchasing. Are you buying a laundry soap or a bathing soap? Bathing soaps are often scented with additives that provide a distinct fragrance and enhanced with extra nourishing oils to provide moisturization. Natural bar soap also contains quality ingredients that make it easy to lather in both hard and soft water.

  1. Preference

Personal taste is a crucial element to consider when choosing your all-natural soap. The scent and color of the cleansing bar that you pick will depend on the additives present. Customers preferences vary as they buy soap, and soaps can have unique scents that are sweet, floral, spicy, or herbaceous. You can request a specialty crafted bar with your favorite fragrance from your handmade soap company.

  1. Skin Type

Researchers say that 40% of the global population consider themselves to have characteristics of sensitive skin. While most handmade soap companies advertise their products as having no negative effects, individuals with sensitive skin may react to some of the natural ingredients used. They may have to avoid certain additives within the natural bar soaps they buy, choosing charcoal cleansing bars, eucalyptus oil soap, or seaweed soap based on their skin type. If you have sensitive skin, it is advisable to pick a soap that is fragrance-free, low on additives, with essential oils added.

  1. Manufacturer’s Reputation

Handmade soaps are often crafted by small scale manufacturers in small batches. You may need to research more on the online soap company before placing an order. What do past customers say about their products? What is special about their products? Do they use all-natural ingredients? You can also inquire about their soap-making process and how it affects the quality of the products. Reputable companies with be happy to discuss their ingredient choices and process with you

Only Buy What’s Good For You

The modern day consumer is willing to invest in products that will better protect their skin. At Carter Mill Soap Company we pride ourselves on our handcrafted soap.  Browse our online selection today!