Natural and Organic Handmade Soaps –Natural Handcrafted Soap,
wrote by – Kyriaki (Sandy) Venetis
Nature has always been the best and gentlest pharmacy when it comes
to taking care of our skin. Nature provides emollients like cocoa
butter, which is a great antioxidant and skin moisturizer; jojoba oil,
which is a great anti-inflammatory; sesame seed oil, which is great for
psoriasis and eczema; and tea tree oil, which has great antiseptic and
Nature has also provided us with a lot of great natural scrubs and exfoliators.
Among them, rose clay is a mineral that is great for gently cleaning
and exfoliating the skin by drawing out impurities from pores. Another
great exfoliator is oatmeal, which is a great anti-inflammatory and
Also another exfoliator that you might not expect is coffee, which
has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and is said to
stimulate collagen production.
Natural soap makers use all of these ingredients and many more to create products that are healthy, gentle, and very effective.
So, why don’t conventional mass producing soap makers use these
ingredients in their manufacturing (other than sometimes a drop for
marketing purposes), because although these natural ingredients work
better and are better for you, they’re expensive compared to synthetics
that are less effective and can often also irritate your skin.
Looking for some great natural and organic handmade soap makers, I found three great companies – Natural Handcrafted Soap, A Wicked Scrub, and Vermont Soap – each with a good variety of products that are worth looking at.
Natural Handcrafted Soap
Natural Handcrafted Soap are made with an olive oil base, without the
use of synthetic chemicals, preservatives, artificial dyes, and
synthetic fragrance oils.
Olive oil has great health properties including decreasing
inflammation, reducing acne, and is full of antioxidants and omega 3
fatty acids to heal and improve skin texture.
The company says that, “Every bar begins with a high percentage of
cold pressed olive oil to which we add (a combination of other
ingredients, depending on the particular soap, that include) organic
coconut oil, palm and castor, avocado, Brazilian nut, almond and
hazelnut, tea tree, and copaiba oils.”
These ingredients have some really amazing benefits. Coconut oil, for
example, is a moisturizer that’s also great for treating skin
conditions, including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and skin
infections. It also has a lot of antioxidants that are great for
reducing the signs of premature aging.
Natural Handcrafted Soap has a lot of different blends of soaps that I
like. I want to focus on three diverse formulations – the South African
Grapefruit with Brazilian Red Clay and Mango Butter Soap; the Oatmeal
Organic Soap with Shea Butter and Brazilian Hazelnuts; and the Brazilian
Espresso Coffee Scrub Soap with Coffee Butter and Hazelnut, Citrus
Oils, and Hint of Vanilla.
The grapefruit in the South African formulation contains vitamin C,
which is a natural exfoliator as well as a collagen builder that’s great
for reducing fine lines. Vitamin C is also a great antioxidant for
reducing free radicals in the skin.
The red clay in the soap has clarifying properties which include
drawing out toxins, impurities, and dead skin cells. In addition, the
mango butter in the soap has properties including healing rashes,
restoring skin’s flexibility, and reducing fine lines. Other ingredients
in the soap that have great healing and moisturizing properties include
coconut oil and sesame oil.
Among the benefits of the Organic Oatmeal Soap is that oatmeal
provides benefits including acting as an anti-inflammatory, soothing dry
skin, and has antioxidants. The Shea butter in the soap is an
incredible moisturizer, and has vitamin A which is great for reducing
wrinkles in the skin, as well as improving the appearance of eczema and
The hazelnut oil in the oatmeal soap is also a great moisturizer as
well as an astringent that’s great for acne-prone skin. Also, among the
soap’s ingredients is coconut oil, which again is a great moisturizer
and great for treating acne conditions.
Another favorite from Natural Handcrafted Soap is the Brazilian
Espresso scrub soap. You don’t normally think of coffee as good for your
skin, but coffee and coffee grinds are great exfoliators.
Coffee has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and mildly
dehydrates your skin, which is great for reducing puffiness. The coffee
grinds make an anti-cellulite scrub, which both scrubs off dead cells
and makes skin appear firmer. The caffeine in the coffee also has the
benefit of stimulating circulation in the skin.
Another important ingredient in this coffee soap is almond oil. It’s a
moisturizer, an anti-inflammatory, and has properties that have proven
effective for reducing wrinkles, acne, and exfoliating.
Besides the soaps I just mentioned, the company also has a lot of
other types of soaps using various clays, plant extracts, goat’s milk,
and a lot of other good stuff that’s worth exploring.