Why Are Handmade Soaps Better For Daily Skin Care?

August 2, 2021

When you lather up with a homemade bar of soap, you are not only cleaning off the day's dirt and grime, you are also sloughing off dead skin cells and unclogging your pores. These dead skin cells and other impurities collect in your pores and can cause acne, blackheads, and other unsightly blemishes. When you use a commercial soap, all that dirt and debris is rinsed away with water, and the pores remain clogged. This causes an overproduction of oil which results in breakouts.

Homemade soap is better for your skin because it does not contain any harsh chemicals. Most commercial soaps contain dyes, perfumes, artificial fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate (an "SLS" chemical used to give foamy suds), and other harsh chemicals. These harsh chemicals strip your skin of natural oils and leave your pores dry and tight, which causes acne, irritation, and other skin conditions.

Homemade soap is milder on your skin because it does not have any of these harsh chemicals. It contains only saponified vegetable fats or oils, water, and a few simple ingredients like salt and lye. Soap making process with these ingredients is very simple and easy to understand. You do not have to worry about the soap causing any harmful side effects to your skin.


The greatest benefit of homemade soap is that you can decide on the oil and natural fragrance used in your bar of soap. Shops like Blue Bison offer many varieties and options to choose from, and each one has its own unique "character".

With commercial brands, this is almost impossible because of the chemical concoctions they use. Oftentimes, you are simply getting what the manufacturer gives you. For example, if a particular brand of bar soap has 6 ounces of scent, then that is what you are going to get no matter what. With homemade soap, you have the advantage of "real soaps", which allows you to use less or more oils and fragrances than the original formula. This means you can make a mild soap that is great for dry skin or a strong soap that is perfect for oily skin. There is also an endless number of different soap formulas you can concoct. You can have a plain old basic soap, a fruity-scented soap, a minty soap, a spicy soap, a citrus soap, a soap with a floral scent, or anything else your little heart desires. The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing your very own handmade soaps.

Are Handmade Soaps Effective?

Yes! They are very effective and safe for skin care because they do not contain any of those harsh chemicals found in commercial soaps. Also, homemade soaps do not irritate the skin as commercial soaps do. Homemade soaps are made with only a few simple ingredients that nourish and moisturize your skin while cleansing it at the same time. This makes your skin soft, smooth, and clean without causing any irritation.

Using the cold process to make soap.

Handmade natural soaps are also milder and less irritating on your skin and cause less damage to your skin's natural oils than most commercial products. Homemade soap is truly the “gold standard” for skincare because it contains no synthetic ingredients, is extremely mild and non-irritating to those with a dry or sensitive skin type. Handmade bars of soap also leave your skin soft, moisturized, and clean.

Part of the reason why handmade soaps are so effective is the process that it is made. Handmade natural soaps use a process called the saponification process, which is a simple formula with three main ingredients. These three ingredients are water, saponified oil (from vegetable or animal fat), and lye.

What happens when you put these three ingredients together is an amazing transformation takes place. When you mix these three ingredients together, you get a “lye solution.” Lye is a chemical that has a strong alkaline reaction when it comes in contact with water. What this means is that when you add lye to water, a chemical reaction occurs that produces a soap solution. Soap makers love this process because it does not use synthetic detergent or synthetic chemicals. 

The final soap solution is thick, gooey, and resembles toothpaste. You can use a spoon to scoop out some of the soap solutions and spread it on your hands. Then, when you rub your hands together, the soap solution will cause the grease and grime to wash off your hands. The soap solution will continue to thicken and become more solid as it cools. When it reaches room temperature (about 70°F), you will have a hard bar of soap.

The Benefits of Handmade Soap

People choose handmade soap over mass producers of soap because handmade soap is the most natural option! It contains no chemicals or petroleum products. It's free of any nasty preservatives or fillers. Handmaid soaps are known to leave your skin soft, moisturized, and clean. There are no nasty fumes that can harm your skin even if you use them every day for years. And the best part? It will not strip your skin of its natural oils. It is perfect for people with sensitive skin as it does not aggravate eczema or psoriasis. It is also gentle on babies' skin and a great product to give as a gift.

Handmade And Natural Soap Are Regarded as ‘true soaps’

There is very little difference between handmade and commercial soap manufacturers. Both are made by mixing one or more oils with lye. The main difference is in the process used to make the soap. Homemade soap is 100% natural, using plant-based oils, raw materials, and a quality standard for all ingredients. It is not refined or chemically processed in any way.

This means that all the good stuff that makes soap so effective remains in the finished product. This also means that handmade soap bars contain a much higher concentration of lye than does store-bought soap. This allows it to clean better, leave your skin soft and moisturized, and reduces the irritation caused by dry, harsh soap. Homemade soap is entirely chemical-free. There are no synthetic foaming agents or irritating detergents added. These ingredients can cause many unpleasant side effects like rashes, skin irritation, and even cancer.

Benefits From Its Natural Ingredients

Natural soaps tend to be a personal preference for many because of their quality ingredients. Oatmeal may be added to act as a natural exfoliator, and essential oils such as cinnamon may be added for their smell. Handmade and natural soaps have many advantages over manufactured bar soaps. They leave your skin feeling softer and lather better. Natural and handmade soaps are more expensive, but the cost is well worth it when you consider the benefits.

Your Skin Will Show The Difference

When you use homemade soap, you end up washing off more dirt and grease than store-bought soap, keeping your skin clean. You'll notice that it leaves your skin soft and moisturized. This is because when you wash with homemade soap, you get rid of dirt and grease and infuse your skin with lots of good stuff like vitamins and minerals that lead to overall healthy skin.

These ingredients nourish your skin and keep it soft and supple while also reducing dryness and irritation. With that, these soaps help prevent acne caused by excess oil (oily skin) that clogs up the pores on your skin. Handmade soap washes away the oil and unclogs the pores, allowing your skin to breathe. A natural soap bar also soothes eczema and psoriasis, which are two common skin conditions caused by an overabundance of oils on the surface of the skin.

Why Are Big Brand Soaps Bad For Health?

Big brand soaps contain chemicals that are bad for your skin. They contain chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) - this chemical is very common in surfactants, and it makes homemade soap bubbles burst too quickly. When you wash with homemade soap, the bubbles stay on your skin longer, which allows the lye in the soap to do its job of cleaning and removing dirt and debris from your body. In fact, studies show that using plain old ordinary dishwashing soap instead of "designer" soaps will reduce the risk of getting cancer by 40%!

Adding to why big brand soaps may be harmful to your health is their use of Propylene Glycol - This ingredient is added to many "designer" soaps to give them a slippery feel when you use them. Propylene Glycol is an alcohol that is toxic to humans. It is an ingredient that is known to be a "skin irritant.” That means it causes your skin to become irritated and inflamed. Over time, this can lead to skin cancer.

Other chemical ingredients like artificial color are also added. These colors are not only bad for your skin, but they are also bad for your eyes. They contain toxic heavy metals like lead that are very harmful to your health. Make sure to check the label for any harmful ingredients.

How to select and use handmade soaps

When selecting the perfect handmade soap for your daily skincare routine, you must consider three important factors: the lye factor, the scrub factor, and the moisturizing factor.

The Lye Factor 

The amount of lye in the soap is very important. You want the lye level in the soap to be high enough so the water will dissolve the soap but not so high that the soap will burn your skin. In this case, you can always reach out to one of the team members at Blue Bison Soaps to know exactly how much lye is recommended for the handmade soap you want!

The Scrub Factor  

The best homemade soap has a nice, softening effect on the skin. This is especially true when the skin is first exposed to the lye in the soap. It takes about 48 hours for the skin to get used to the lye and start building up a protective layer of dead cells. This layer of dead cells prevents the lye from irritating the skin as much the next time the skin is exposed to it.


The longer the exposure, the less irritating the lye will be. That's why it is important to use a good moisturizer after you use the soap. The moisturizer should be something your body naturally produces.

Examples are Olive oil - After you use soap, apply a small amount of olive oil (1/4 cup) to the skin and let it soak in. It will feel greasy at first, but that sensation will go away after a few minutes. It will leave your skin feeling soft and supple and ready for another round of fun with the elements. Coconut Oil - Another good moisturizer is coconut oil. Use a similar procedure as with olive oil.

The Moisturizing Factor 

Once the 48 hour period has passed and your skin has started to shed its dead cells, you can wash the olive oil or coconut oil off and start using the soap again. However, if you wait too long (more than 7-days), your skin will become extremely dry and flaky, and the soap will not have the softening effect it would otherwise have.

Using a homemade soap every day for a week is like going to the gym and working out your body. It requires a little patience on your part, but the results will be worth it. Remember: The goal of handmade soap is to gently remove dead skin so your natural oils can replenish the skin and maintain healthy, beautiful, and elastic skin.


As you've read, handmade soaps are more than an aesthetic alternative to regular big brand soaps. They provide vital nutrients and minerals to your skin and keep it feeling clean and fresh without stripping its natural oils and vitamins. Naturally-made soaps also help prevent breakouts and keep your skin smooth and blemish-free.

Homemade soaps are not only good for your skin; they are also good for the environment. Regular soaps with all the chemicals they contain end up in our waterways and eventually make their way into our bodies. 

Instead of putting harmful chemicals in your body and on your skin, use a naturally made soap. It's easy to find, and it will give your skin the cleanest and healthiest scrub it has ever known! You should put a lot of thought into what kind of soap you use. 

Not only do homemade soaps provide vital nutrients and minerals to your skin, but they also help prevent breakouts and keep your skin smooth and blemish-free. Naturally-made soaps also help prevent infections and keep your skin's multiple layers from aging!

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