Purchasing commercial, store-bought soaps might be more convenient and less expensive than artisan-made soap products, however, next time you pick up a package of brand-name soap, take a look at the label. If you notice ingredients you are not familiar with, be concerned. These ingredients are not added to the product to be good for your skin; they are there to preserve, add shelf life and make the soap last longer. These chemical additives and preservatives can dry and irritate your skin, especially those who have sensitive skin and young children. For those of us who care about the health, safety and well-being of our families, natural, organic soaps are becoming the clear choice.
Natural soaps are generally more expensive but well worth the price. The ingredients in natural soaps are made with high quality, non-artificial ingredients. They are made by hand, with special care and take longer to produce. When you buy soap from an artesian like Mid-Michigan Soaps, you know the product will be made with all-natural, organic ingredients, contain no artificial ingredients or harsh additives, and have a base of coconut oil, olive oil, or Shea butter which provide nourishment for the skin as well as providing deep moisture. The scents used in these natural products come for all-natural sources as well, including essential oils.
The benefits of all-natural soaps include:
- Round-the-clock moisturization
- No clogging of pores
- Providing essential vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A & E
- Reduces the appearance of scars
- Smooths out wrinkles and helps to prevent new ones
- Good for sensitive skin and doesn’t cause irritation
- Helps skin conditions like eczema
The national brands are increasingly aware of the shift to more healthy and natural products, but buyer, beware. They may advertise “all natural” on their product labels but it is a good idea to still fully read the product ingredients. You might be surprised.
Switching to natural soap is simply the best way to treat your skin and is available in all kinds of natural fragrances like lavender, lime, orange, spice, peppermint or even unscented if you prefer.
Buying natural soaps from a local artisan is a great way to support small local business.