With the fast pace of life and all the hustle that we do every day, bathing is not just cleansing, but refreshing and rejuvenating. Thus, bathing soaps play a major role in our daily lives. Recently natural handmade soaps have taken over the internet with a storm and all for the right reasons.
This is because the level of care and attention that goes into producing a batch of cold process natural soap is unparalleled. These bathing soaps are packed with the goodness of essential oils that calm and enhance your bathing experience leaving you revitalized and energetic.
But there is too little information available about them on the internet. That is why we are here to clear all your doubts about these handmade soaps. Read ahead to find out!
History Of Bathing Soaps
Soaps are not a 20th-century invention. They were used in ancient civilizations as well. There is evidence of a soap recipe being carved on a tablet recovered from Babylon in 2200 BC. Even Egyptians used soap-like substances made up of animal fat and vegetable fat mixed with alkaline salts.
Ancient Rome and China also have evidence of the use of soap-like products. Islamic documents of the 12th century also describe the process of soap making in detail. What does it tell you about our ancestors?
We think it shows how all the civilizations had one thing in common and that was hygiene. People from then to now have similar peculiarities regarding hygiene. With the onset of the pandemic, soaps have become more important than ever before.
This is because they kill pathogens by breaking down the grease that carries the largest concentration of pathogens in our bodies. Let's see how scientists define soaps that we use every day.
What Are Soaps?
Scientists describe soap as a cleaning agent made of a combination of fats, a base, and water. It comes in different varieties such as bars, liquid, and powders. Other ingredients can be added to soap to give it various qualities, such as scent or texture.
Soap causes particles that cannot be dissolved in water to become water-soluble. These particles attach to soap particles and are washed away when rinsed with water. Think about dirty, greasy dishes.
If you only rinse them with water, they still feel greasy. So how can your body feel clean if washed with just water?
Why Use Natural Handmade Soaps?
Now that we have given you some general information about soaps, let's see how handmade natural soaps are better than your regular soaps. Handmade soaps are made of completely natural ingredients, without the use of any chemicals.
The ingredients present in herbal bath soaps are completely derived through a natural process, which makes them safe to use. Unlike synthetic soap bars, natural soaps are completely environment-friendly.
This is because the lather from the synthetic soaps goes in our drains and finally reaches our oceans where they release harmful chemicals. These harmful chemicals are responsible for damaging our environment.
Benefits Of Handmade Soaps
Handmade soaps have many benefits over your regular synthetic soaps. Some of these benefits are listed below.
- Handmade Natural Soaps Are The Real Deal
The FDA has recently taken a strict stand against synthetic soaps. In their words -
"Today there are very few true soaps on the market. Most body cleansers, both liquid and solid, are actually synthetic detergent products. Detergent cleansers are popular because they make suds easily in water and don't form gummy deposits.
Some of these detergent products are actually marketed as "soap" but are not true soap according to the regulatory definition of the word."
This implies that most of the commercially produced soaps are nothing but chemical cocktails of harmful chemicals. And in the words of the FDA, they don't even qualify to be called soaps. On the other hand, handmade soaps use the cold press method of manufacturing which is bound to produce chemical-free soaps.
- Natural Ingredients Do Not Harm Your Skin
The very basic reason why you should be switching to natural handmade herbal soap is because of its ingredients. Most natural handmade soaps are sustainably produced, cruelty-free, and ethically traded.
This is not the same for chemical-laden synthetic bathing bars. Most commercial "soaps" are actually synthetic detergents that offer no natural benefits to the skin. They also have harmful ingredients that may cause more harm than good in the long run.
Handmade bars use a variety of organic butter, purifying natural clays, organic herbs, seeds, grains, spices, flowers, vegetables, fruits, chocolate, and pure botanical essential oils to provide natural color, aromatherapy, texture, and gentle exfoliation to your body.
- No Artificial Fragrance Or Chemical Used In Its Manufacturing
Liquid body washes and bathing soaps contain tons of preservatives and chemicals. These components are used to increase the shelf life of soaps or to make a richer lather. The beneficial ingredients, if any present in the soap, is ultra-refined to an extent that they do not provide any benefits.
On the other hand, the best natural soaps contain no synthetic ingredients, no artificial fragrances or perfumes, no artificial color, no detergents, and no synthetic preservatives. That is why these chemical-free soap formulations are better than anything else for your skin.
Synthetic soaps have hard chemicals that dry out your skin. But natural handmade soaps are made from pure, naturally derived ingredients. Chemical ingredients can strip your skin of the essential oils it contains.
Natural soaps add essential oils to your skin so you feel moisturized and hydrated throughout the day. These soaps are generally made of plant oils and butter that nourish your skin cells deeply to give your skin a natural glow.
- Rich Lather Without Synthetic Foam
Our skin is highly porous and absorbent. Whatever you put on it, gets absorbed by the deeper layers of the skin cells. The chemicals used in synthetic soaps to produce a richer foam also get absorbed by the skin cells and this may lead to various kinds of skin problems.
Natural soap does not need to create a lot of lather to do its job. The misconception that the amount of lather determines how well your soap works has to be ruled out because it causes us to buy synthetic soaps rich in sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is harmful to the skin.
Natural soap is a natural surfactant. So it offers a rich lather without having any chemical ingredient in it. It helps to remove oily, greasy dirt from your skin easily and also makes for a great bubbly bath partner.
Imagine the millions of people using chemical soaps each day. All the chemicals present in these soaps get to the rivers and oceans and indirectly to our body system as we eat fish or other such seafood products.
On the other hand, natural hand-made soaps that use plant-based materials protect our rivers and groundwater from chemical contamination. Using plant-based ingredients is another eco-friendly technique to promote the use of sustainable resources and conserve nature.
Ingredients In Handmade Soaps
Handmade soaps contain naturally occurring plant-based materials that are good for the skin. Let's take a look at what ingredients actually make up a handmade natural soap.
Basically, all soaps contain 2 basic ingredients, oil, and lye (sodium hydroxide). Distilled water is another ingredient used to activate the lye. Tap water is not used since it may contain impurities that are not preferable to be used in natural soap.
Oils like palm oil, coconut oil, and olive oil are used in their purest form to deliver the best bathing experience for you. These oils are extremely moisturizing and leave your skin feeling moist and hydrated for the whole day.
The ingredients used are also of higher quality since handmade soaps are not produced in bulk but crafted keeping the superior quality of the product in mind. These soaps also contain essential oils in their pure form and other herbal and ayurvedic ingredients like sandalwood, rose petals, etc.
You can simply embrace these natural handmade bars to feel good about your body and provide healthy nourishment to your skin cells.
Nourish Mantra Handmade Soaps
Nourish Mantra offers you premium quality handmade bathing bars that will make your skin glow without causing any harmful effects. We use naturally sourced ingredients that are made keeping in mind that your skin health is our priority.
This ayurvedic soap is enriched with the goodness of ayurvedic ingredients to cleanse your skin deeply and gently. Our different ingredients will work on your different skin problems.
- Turmeric is a renowned antioxidant and anti-bacterial agent, which helps prevent breakouts and infections.
- Gram Flour helps fade your summer tan and lightens the blemishes and scars.
- This ayurvedic soap is enriched with coconut oil and tree tea oil, which instills a sense of warmth and luxury and leaves your skin feeling soft and supple.
The key benefits that you can derive from our handmade turmeric and citrus bathing bar are:
- Brightens and cleanses the skin
- Removes tan and improves skin tone
- Prevents breakouts
- Soothes skin and maintains its natural pH
This is the best herbal soap to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin. It is formulated with the goodness of real cardamom pods, mint, ginger root oil, and other powerful Ayurvedic ingredients.
Our Cardamom & Mint Bathing Bar stimulates the senses and pampers your skin with nourishment. The ingredients used in this soap provide you with myriads of benefits. Some of them are:
- Cardamom is a popular aromatic Indian spice known for its antibacterial properties, which help prevent breakouts and clear out blemishes.
- Mint and Ginger Root Oil ease inflammation, redness, and skin irritation.
- Enriched with nourishing ingredients such as Castor Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter, this bathing bar leaves your skin feeling soft and supple like never before.
The key benefits of using this soap on your skin include:
- The energizing aroma that wakes up the senses
- Essential oils for smoothing your skin
- It cleanses your skin without drying
- It soothes your skin and helps get rid of blemishes
Why Choose Us?
Nourish Mantra is a premium skincare brand that formulates its products using modern scientific formulations and blends the knowledge of Ayurveda into it so you derive a natural cleansing experience without damaging your sensitive skin.
We offer a "clean" promise. This means that our products are made without using harmful chemicals like parabens, SLS/SLES, phthalates, formaldehydes, mineral Oil, oxybenzone, talc, phenoxyethanol, and synthetic fragrance.
We also offer a transparent approach to what we use in our products. Our ingredients are listed on the packaging. You get what you buy, without any additional toxins added to it. We believe in the power of natural beauty.
What else do we offer?
- Our products are 100% vegan
- We are a cruelty-free brand
- Our products are GMP certified
- We offer plastic neutral packaging
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are handmade soaps better?
Handmade soaps contain essential oils and glycerin which nourish your skin for a healthy glow. They are better than mass-produced synthetic soaps as they do not contain harmful toxic chemicals used in synthetic soaps.
- Are handmade soaps worth it?
Handmade soaps are a great investment for people looking for the best natural soaps in the market. These soaps are crafted keeping in mind your allergies and skin conditions. You can benefit a lot from their moisturizing effects.
- Is there lye in handmade soaps?
All soaps contain lye. It is one of the basic ingredients that make up soap. However, handmade soaps contain a mild concentration of sodium hydroxide which does not cause any ill effects on your skin.
Is handmade soap good for the face?
Yes, handmade soaps are natural soaps that nourish and moisturize your face for a youthful glow. They work on all skin types and gently cleanse your skin without making it too dry. These herbal soaps are made with beneficial essential oil and ayurvedic ingredients to help you get a natural glow.