Handmade Soap Benefits

If you have to deal with dry, itchy skin, there may be many culprits, but one, the soap you are purchasing at the supermarket, might be chiefly to blame.

The Beauty Bar Conundrum

Many of the “soaps” you get in the grocery store is not true soap, yet a detergent, a cleaning agent. Have you looked the label on your bar of soap recently? Does it say soap? Probably not, instead, the label probably reads “Bath Bar” or “Beauty Bar”.

So exactly what is in that beauty bar? Your bath bar is probably a cleaning agent created by mixing ingredients that lessen the water tension in between contact surfaces allowing the dirt to wash away. Do you remember the recipe detergent commercials where a drop of dish detergent repels whole sinks filled with spaghetti grease? Why does your skin feel dry after bathing with your bath bar? When you are cleaning with among those bars, you are not only cleaning off all the dirt, but you are also washing away the natural oils your body creates to coat and protect your skin.

Our Ingredients

We make our handmade soaps are made from ingredients you see in your supermarket. There are no artificial chemicals in our soaps. We utilize choice vegetable oils and butters to produce our soaps, each having their very own unique properties:

  • Olive oil moisturizes delicate or dry skin.
  • Coconut oil has anti-bacterial and antioxidant benefits.
  • Shea butter moisturizes, protects, and heals dry skin.

Doesn’t our list of ingredients sound healthier and more nourishing than the chemistry lesson written on the side of your bar?

The Secret Weapon of Handmade Soap: Glycerin

Handmade soap, unlike those bars you find in the supermarket, retains glycerol also known as glycerin. You might remember your mom keeping a brown bottle of glycerin in the medicine cabinet. In addition to being a home remedy for many ailments, glycerin is a natural humectant, drawing moisture to itself from its environment. Our lather leaves a thin coating on your skin that draws water from the atmosphere and, from deep within your skin to keep your skin soft and supple. Glycerin is a regular by-product of the soap making process. However, since glycerin has a high resell value, and it is useful in a number of moisturizing crèmes and after bath products, soap manufacturers extract it and make new products from it.

Your Skin Will Thank You

Your skin is an organ as essential as your heart and lungs. When your skin is soft, supple, and healthy, it protects against the environment. By managing your skin’s health, you are helping to ensure your general health.

If you have dry skin, dermatitis, or various other ailments, you may consider one of our handmade soap recipes that include oatmeal. Our Oatmeal, Vanilla Oatmeal, Pine Tar, or Cherry Almond soaps utilize moisturizing ingredients such as oatmeal, shea butter, and many other oils.

3 Reasons Olive Oil is Great for Your Skin

Every day it seems we’re told to watch what we put into our bodies. No topic has been discussed more than saturated fats. Many vegetable based fats and oils have healthy attributes and we have been introduced to many, including olive oil and the scientific evidence that olive oil is good for us keeps getting stronger. In terms of health, studies have proven that diets incorporating large amounts of olive oil such as the, Mediterranean Diet, help people live longer, healthier lives.

Many people think of their skin as a barrier or armor that protects them, as one of the largest organs in the body, your skin acts more like a sponge than a shield. Fortunately for handmade soap lovers, the skin will soak up the goodness that an olive oil based soap leaves on your skin after washing.

So, what are the benefits gained from the use of olive oil?

Olive Oil is Laden with Non-saturated Fats

Olive oil is a very healthy blend of natural fats which make it very healthy. More than three quarters of the fats in olive oil are monounsaturated, the healthier kind. Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, olive oil has been linked to lower LDL cholesterol levels, higher HDL cholesterol levels and may normalize blood clotting, blood sugar levels, and insulin levels.

Olive Oil is Full of Antioxidants

Rich in vitamin E and beta carotene, as well as a multitude of antioxidants, olive oil stimulates new cell generation, slows the progression of wrinkles, and gives skin a youthful look. One antioxidant in particular, Hydroxytyrosol, found only in olive oil, provides anti-inflammatory effects to heal skin irritations, abrasions, rashes, and sunburn.

Soap Made with Olive Oil Protects the Skin

Olive oil coats the skin, leaving a buffer to protect against wind and sun. Glycerin, a by-product of handmade soap manufacturing draws moisture to the skin surface from the atmosphere and from within the body, leaving the skin moist and nourished.

Sandlapper Soaps

We’re big believers in olive oil and use it routinely in our cooking and our soap making. Our handmade, cold-processed soaps come from a blend of vegetable oils, primarily olive oil, to deliver a nourishing healing lather.
Wouldn’t you like to experience better, healthier skin in as little as a week? The secret may lie in the next bar of soap you buy.

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Soaps for Dry Skin

Skin is dried when it cannot maintain the protective layer that acts as a barrier against the elements. While the loss of moisture and the natural, protective oils secreted by the skin can be caused by genetic factors, dry skin can also develop, or be aggravated by, low humidity, especially in dry, winter weather, according to the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. Skin dryness can cause a variety of symptoms. According to MayoClinic.com, some of the more common symptoms of dry skin include tightness or dehydration, itching, varying degrees of flaking, fine lines or cracks, redness or irritation, and in severe cases, bleeding.


You can help inflamed, dry skin by following a few preventative measures:

  • When you shower or bathe, use lukewarm water instead of scalding, hot water.
  • Limit the length of your bath to no more than 15 minutes.
  • Use a nourishing soap instead of a detergent bar that strips your skin of its needed protective barrier.
  • After washing, you may find that immediately applying a moisturizer formulated for dry skin will help your skin hold in its moisture.

Best Soaps for Dry Skin.

Using proper skin care products–including soaps–can help to minimize the appearance of dry skin. Cleansing with the wrong type of soap and using improper cleansing methods can exacerbate the appearance of dry skin. If you have extremely dry skin, you should avoid washing with harsh soaps, which can strip your skin of its natural moisturizers.

Our handmade soaps contain natural emollients such as glycerin and vegetable oils known for antioxidants and other healthy benefits. Many of our soaps are designed for problem skin and contain oatmeal and sea salts which provide gentle exfoliation while nourishing your skin with needed minerals.

Click to Shop for Our Handmade Soap HereIf you or one of your friends find that your skin feels overly dry during these winter months, look at our handmade soaps which contain all of the ingredients which will help your skin feel healthy and nourished.

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