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Benefits of Natural Soaps

Handcrafted in small batches, natural soap is gaining converts.

Customers are snapping up product in record numbers because it is not only pure, natural, and nontoxic – it is also good for the skin. Evidence abounds of the healing powers of handmade natural soap, particularly when therapeutic-grade essential oils are included. Eczema and psoriasis sufferers, as well as people that have sensitive skin or are hypoallergenic often find immediate relief by switching to natural soap.

What is most important with handmade soap is what is not included.

As a rule, top quality handmade soaps, are devoid of artificial colors, fragrances, and preservatives that can cause allergies, irritation, and even cancer. The Natural Cottage adheres to this philosophy.

Handmade soaps also can have "hand-lotion-in-soap" effect. Most good hand lotion is an emulsion of water and glycerin with vegetable oils and waxes. All these ingredients are present in handmade soap and comprise up to 40% of the bar. While the "hand-lotion-in-soap" effect may reduce lathering, this is what makes handmade soap extraordinarily mild and moisturizing for dry and sensitive skin.

"Natural" Can be Unnatural

Unfortunately, the term "natural" can be used in very deceptive ways. If an ingredient was a coconut "umpteen" generations ago, some will claim it to be natural, even if you can't pronounce the ingredient.

Handmade soaps created at The Natural Cottage stick to a very strict definition of "natural."

Essential oils, organic, botanical, and vegetable wax sources such as cocoa butter and shea nut butter are used to alter the characteristics of the soap.

The main ingredient in many mass-produced bar soaps is a mysterious substance known as "tallowate"

These are the fatty remains of slaughtered cows, sheep, and horses. Brains, fatty tissues, other unwanted parts of diseased or dead animals are collected into large vats and used to create "tallow." This tallow is shipped off to commercial soap makers where it is processed into bar soaps.

Selecting The Right Soap

Carefully review the ingredients in the soap you are currently using. If you can't pronounce the ingredients or your skin is dry or irritated, identify a natural vegetable-based soap bar that addresses the needs of your skin type. Another way to test for the right soap: wash one forearm with the soap near the elbow joint. Skin tends to be very sensitive in this location and potential irritation will be noticed quickly.

Creating beauty out of nature's bounty, one bar at a time. The Natural Cottage

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