In the last few years, the interest in making one’s own soap or purchasing handmade bars has exploded. Many of these crafters take their profession quite seriously, investing in professional education, garnering experience and working to create the very best product they can. We are proud to count ourselves among them.
However, there are those who see handcrafted soap as a way to make a quick buck. Sadly, I’ve seen multiple Facebook and blog postings from people seeking advice with soap recipes, with some variation on the idea that they “need to churn out some soap and make extra money this summer.”
In its purest form, soap-making is mixing a base with a compilation of fatty acids to create a completely different product. While you do not have to be a chemist to make soap, it certainly helps to have more than a rudimentary understanding of the nature of the process, the interrelationships between the ingredients and what to do if the recipe suddenly goes awry.
Artisanal soap is a blessing to many and has helped many a person reverse dryness, itching and flaking. Artisan makers have the ability to individualize recipes, use only organic ingredients and create works of beauty and art for use while bathing. Premium soap is a small indulgence we are all entitled to in our hectic, stressful world.
So, how can you determine if your source of handmade soap comes from a knowledgeable and skilled artisan? Use these tips to help you discern quality before buying.
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