Why Use Handmade Soap?
By MICHAEL HOLLOWAY (Peak Soap Team, BSc, MSc)
CLEAN THE ENVIRONMENT
One very good reason to use handmade soap is to help reduce the quantity of environmentally harmful substances that go down our drain pipes by replacing them with less harmful ingredients. Some household substances are harmful to whole ecosystems and pets both on their way to the processing plant and whilst leaving it. Toxic substances and plastics from our normal daily domestic and industrial outflow can leach from the transportation systems before they reach the processing facilities because of old and broken piping and general disrepair. Indeed, most of the accidents that have caused lasting harm have been due to leaks.
SPECIFIC HEALTH BENEFITS
Another good reason to use handmade soap is because of its completely natural abundance of skin nutrients and natural oils, similar in structure to our own collection of epidermal oils. If you add the ability to confer the varied therapeutic effects of using real essential oils and fragrances it becomes possible to affect skin conditions in a totally natural way to suit your own skin type. For example, it is widely known that the many essential oils have specific benefits for eczema, oily skin, dry skin, normal skin, itching, skin allergies, respiratory allergies and more. A quick Googlesnatch will reveal an extensive list.
Handmade soap is usually made right here in the UK by local producers, gift shops and artisans and buying UK soap is a great way to create skilled jobs. Many of the supermarket soap bars are made abroad and imported which means that there is a smaller labour chain to support its sale here in the UK. Using handmade soap is a great way to put money back into the UK’s economy, which in turn is taxed in the UK and ultimately spent on our own NHS. There are other employment benefits too, for example, handmade soap is very labour intensive and all that making, packing and selling creates local jobs.
Handmade soap makes a fantastic, cheeky little gift and can be easily wrapped and decorated to make it unique to your recipient. Try adding a splash of colour with some ribbon or even rustic looking string and tying up a bundle of soap bars. Present them in a small basket and a bow and you’re good to go! Mini soap bars can make a great little gift for wedding favours, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween and other celebratory occasions. Try buying some handmade soap and cutting it up into different sizes, go on it’s OK! These make great little bumper bonuses for stockings, B&Bs, Hotels and Guest Houses to add that little touch of luxury.
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