The difference between homemade soap and commercial brands all boils down to the ingredients. Think about it, who wouldn’t prefer a slice of mom’s homemade apple pie to the bland, tasteless, store-bought alternative? If you can’t relate because your mother was a terrible cook, I apologize. She probably made up for it in other ways. Here’s the point. Quality is key, especially when it comes to understanding what we put in and on our bodies. While the word “organic” is regulated by the USDA, the word “natural” is not. This allows big-brand soap maker to take creative liberties in an attempt to mislead their consumers. So don’t be a victim!
If you were to ask Misogi’s Head Soap Chef about the most important ingredients in his recipe for superior hand-crafted soaps, he would have four words for you. Glycerin and olive oil. As a natural skin softener, glycerin has the ability to draw in water from the surrounding air. It’s a highly sought-after ingredient in soaps, lotions and creams for maintaining moisture in the skin throughout the day. During the soap making process fats, oils and lye are blended together while glycerin maintains its integrity as basically settles in between the molecules. Most commercial manufacturers remove all of the glycerin from their soaps so they can place it into additional products like lotions and creams. What’s the reason for doing this? They hoping to increase profits by forcing consumers buy two separate products, one to clean and another to moisturize. However, handmade soaps will both clean and moisturize in one complete package because they contain glycerin.
Our Head Soap Chef cooks with olive oil because he refuses to use the synthetic cleaners and artificial fragrances found in commercial soaps. They can block your pores and cause irritation. When olive oil is blended with lye to make hand-crafted soaps, the skin-softening benefits are bountiful. You’ll never wind up feeling dry and flaky because the miracle oil in these soaps clean your skin without stripping away its natural oils. Plus, olive oil allows the skin to sweat and shed cells naturally, and it contributes to smoother, more elastic skin.
Long story short, skip the big-brands and buy hand-crafted soap from people make it in small batches. It’s your best bet if you value quality more than quantity.