2019 review and buying guide of the top 5 best handmade soap. Formulated naturally and 100% organic we review handmade soap bars and handmade milk soap.
Although handmade soap is meant to make you feel clean and fresh, many of the ingredients that are used to manufacture it are actually the same ones that you would commonly use to get rid of grime and gunk from your car. With that in mind, perhaps when it comes to using a soap it’s worth switching to a more natural alternative with a few more organic ingredients. To help you make that transition, we have selected two excellent choices of these soaps that are guaranteed to keep you clean whilst only using naturally derived ingredients.
Not So Easy
Finding a (handmade) soap that’s actually organic can prove to be quite a challenging task. Many products are falsely advertised as ‘all natural’, for simply having just one plant based ingredient and, given how organic certifications can widely vary, it makes narrowing down the search for an all organic soap much more complicated.
When searching for an all natural handmade soap, the words clean, organic and natural can be found being used by many brands to describe their handmade soaps. However, most of these products aren’t clearly defined or monitored by any government agency in the United States, leaving most brands to define these terms for themselves, resulting in the false advertisement of these products as natural which greatly misleads the consumer.
Due to the absence of standards and enforcement, simply adding one drop of an organic ingredient to a mainly synthetic product allows brands to advertise such products as organic. This shows that if you want to be a conscious consumer, you can never fully depend on marketing. So if a products label can be this misleading, how can you tell if the product that your buying is truly organic?
The best way to determine if a product is organic is by looking for the words USDA certified organic as well as checking the label for the ingredients that were used to manufacture the product. Be sure to check for third party certifications. Try to find brands that use renewable energy and are cruelty free.
Currently, one of the most trustworthy third party certifications you should be on the lookout for when opting for organic products is COSMOS. This certification requires that a large percent of a product’s ingredients be organically produced. The remaining ingredients shouldn’t pose any risk whatsoever to the environment or your health. You can also check for certifications issued by European organizations such as the ICEA, Soil Association and ECOCERT, which are constantly regulating the amount of organic ingredients that a product contains as well as ensuring that the rest of the ingredients used are safe for both the environment and the user.
The FTC has become greatly concerned with a large amount of products that are marketed as all natural only to discover that they contain synthetics such as dimethicone or phenoxyethanol. These types of ingredients are commonly used in most soap products that we currently see today being distributed and should be avoided as they do not benefit the body or the environment in any way whatsoever.
However, you will not find sulfates in any USDA certified-organic products, so when buying products with this certification, you will not have to worry about exposing yourself to any synthetics that may prove to be harmful. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the best organic handmade soaps you should use when cleaning yourself at home.
Southern Natural Handmade Natural Soap
Located in Alabama, Southern Natural produces all natural handmade milk soap using a unique combination of goat’s milk mixed with fats and sodium hydroxide. Once mixed together, these ingredients trigger a chemical reaction called saponification. During this process, the fatty acids in the fat will start to combine with the sodium hydroxide, creating a whole new product called soap. In this case, an all natural goat’s milk soap.
The final product does not contain any remaining sodium hydroxide whatsoever. The only thing that does remain is a high quality bar of handmade milk soap. If you are suffering from eczema, sensitive skin, allergies or rashes then this product is for you.
Ingredients include dead sea mineral mud, activated charcoal. Use as a face soap, body wash or hand soap.
Chagrin Valley Handmade Natural Soap
Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve was founded in 2001 by Ida Friedman, a former registered nurse, along with her husband. Ida had first started the business to try to discover a natural way to help cure the symptoms of eczema as it was something that her husband was suffering from. The company would later become a full time business for the couple in 2005.
This soap company would start out small, however it would later grow through the years by focusing on removing chemicals from hygiene products. In no time at all, they had managed to make a name for themselves by offering only healthy and purely organic products.
The company offers a wide range of products to its consumers, from soap body bars all the way to lotion bars. All of their products are made using organic herbs, spices, pure essential oils, organic plant butters and oils. Currently, they have over 300 different products available to the market, from handmade soap bars to shampoo.
All natural, organic certified, non gmo, cruelty free, vegan. Is an excellent hair conditioner, encourages strong, healthy hair.