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Commercial vs. Handmade Soap: What Is The Difference?

When it comes to maintaining our health and wellness, soap is an essential part of our care routine. With such constant demand, global soap suppliers produce an estimated 10 billion pounds every year. Unfortunately, not every supplier takes quality into consideration. This is why it is important to make the distinction between commercial soap and organic handmade soap. Use this guide to understand the main differences between these two soap options.


Commercial Soap: Before you reach for that bar or bottle of generic commercial soap, you might want to glance at the label. You will likely see that it contains ingredients such as steric acid, Lauroyl Isethionate, sodium Tallowate, Lauric Acid, and Cacamidipropyl Betaine, just to name a few. These words sound harsh, but these ingredients are even more harsh on your skin. They can strip your skin of natural moisture and oils, throwing off its natural balance.

Handmade Soap: Handmade organic soap, on the other hand, is full of natural ingredients that can support your skin’s natural chemistry. These are obtained from plants, flowers, trees, and herbs. One of the most important ingredients of natural soap is glycerin. This ingredient is a natural by-product of soap making and is often removed by commercial soap companies. But this key ingredient actually makes your soap foamier and attracts moisture to your skin. So, when you reach for your lavender handmade soap, you’re getting more benefits than you realize.


Commercial Soap: This type of soap is mass produced in a factory, and manufacturers have streamlined the process to be as quick and cheap as possible. Most commercial soaps are made by mixing the above chemicals and other ingredients in a mixer. Then it is dried, mixed with other ingredients, and packaged.

Handmade Soap: Handcrafted artisan soap certainly lives up to its name. These products are made using time-old methods. These include the melt and pour, hot process, and cold process methods. The soap maker will choose which method is to their liking.

Specialty soaps are crafted with care, formed perfectly for the customer to enjoy. Commercial soaps simply lack this attention to quality and detail. This is what sets your lavender handmade soap apart from the generic bar sitting in your shower. And you know which your precious skin deserves.

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