- Denise Beaulieu
Understanding the Many Benefits of All-Natural and Handmade Bar Soap
Updated: Jul 28, 2019
Choosing the right soap may seem like a minor detail, however, it does have a huge impact on your health and, surprisingly the environment. With so many people becoming mindful of the chemicals found in their food it only makes sense to extend that practice into what you are putting on your skin.
Natural soap is far different from store-bought commercially-manufactured soap. In fact, the majority of commercial soaps (liquid or solid) are actually a synthetic detergent, loaded with chemicals and unnecessary ingredients that can, in the long run, actually harm your skin.
The chemistry behind making all natural handmade soap is fascinating. At Adagio Naturals we only use the highest quality oils, butters and fats geared to promoting healthy skin. These combined with Sodium Hydroxide (lye) results in a chemical reaction called saponification. The lye gets used up/dissipates during the saponification process and produces glycerin, which is a colorless and odorless liquid. It is a humectant, which means it has the property of attracting water to itself. Because glycerin attracts water to itself, using products with it, leaves your skin with an overall moisturized and smoothing effect.
Glycerin is also an incredibly effective moisturizer when used in a cleanser. While it is important to remove dirt and oil, you need to find a balance and still maintain the health of the outer skin layer. Ingredients like glycerin can help maintain hydration and prevent skin irritation during the cleansing process.
Many of the factory-made soaps you use every day have had its glycerin removed during the manufacturing process, and for the most part are used for the company’s other products with higher margins. It doesn’t end there. It’s common for these companies to replace the removed glycerin with cheap and harmful fillers that are really bad for the skin, and can cause chapped and dry skin.
Adagio Naturals carefully chooses the highest quality oils and butters, which not only help moisturize the skin but also promote good skin health.
Take Shea butter for example. It is full of vitamins that are great for your skin, including vitamins A, E, and F. Shea butter is caulked full of linolenic, palmitic, oleic, and stearic acids that protect the skin from drying out and help the skin produce its own natural collagen. Using Shea butter in our soaps not only helps moisturizes but it can help develop softer, stronger skin.
We’ve recently started infusing our organic soap bars with Chaga, a potent superfood that’s gaining a lot of attention in the science community. We began incorporating Chaga mainly because of its skin/cell rejuvenation properties but you need to read our page on “Learn the benefits of Chaga” to get the full appreciation of this amazing ingredient.
Each and every ingredient we use is carefully chosen. We feel it’s essential to incorporate all-natural soap into your daily hygiene routine to not only clean but also to rejuvenate the skin while leaving it both smooth and moisturized.
When we wash, most of the soap we use ends up down the drain and into the water system. There are countless toxic chemicals found in commercial soaps, including phthalates and parabens that are being released into our rivers, lakes and oceans just by doing something as harmless as washing. These chemicals can cause damage to the health of both humans and animals when found in our water.
At Adagio Naturals, we take a lot of pride in both the ingredients we use in our all natural bar soaps and the care taken when we make it. Every bar of our soap is handmade and unique. You can’t say that about soap manufactured in a factory. You’ll also have the peace of mind of knowing that the soap going down your drain will not harm the ecosystem.
Organic bar soaps are not tested on animals due to the fact there are no chemicals needed. The natural ingredients in a high-quality organic soap complement the skin’s natural healing processes and can even help with the treatment of many common skin ailments.
Make the switch today and incorporate organic all handmade natural soap into your everyday beauty and hygiene routine. All Natural soap is perfect for men, women, children and babies with or without sensitive skin. Take some time and browse through our selection all-natural bar soaps and find a scent that works for you and your family.