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Why Handcrafted Soap?

Conventional soaps available in stores today are not really soaps at all, but detergents. Detergents are petroleum-based products that tend to leave your skin feeling dry, itchy and tight. Thankfully there is an alternative that offers multiple benefits when used. Handmade soap’s popularity is growing rapidly as a chemical free alternative to conventional soaps.

We, the soapmakers at The Soap Gallery, use only food-quality, natural ingredients, starting with a variety of vegetable oils such as olive, coconut, or palm, and now, with the introduction of our cosmetics line, rice bran oil. To these might be added specialized oils, nut butters or seed extracts to bring the desired qualities to the finished bar.

Fragrance oils or plant-based essential oils are added for scent. For color or texture, The Soap Gallery often uses cosmetic-grade pigments or dyes, botanicals, herbs, spices or other natural ingredients. For those with sensitivities, we also make “simple soap” with no additives or scent.

Besides all the wonderful ingredients that may be in handcrafted soap, perhaps the biggest advantage of handcrafted soap is in our soapmakers themselves, each of whom invests their care and attention to detail into every batch and bar. When you use a bar of handcrafted soap, you know it was made with the personal touch of YOUR local
soapmaker.

What About Glycerin?

Glycerin is a “humectant”, which means that it attracts and retains moisture on your skin. It is like a natural skin lotion in the soap. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soapmaking process. Most commercial soap manufacturers remove the glycerin from the soap, process it and then sell it to other industries where it is used in foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other products.

With handcrafted soaps, glycerin remains intact in the soap. The end result is mild, pure soap that gently cleanses your skin without being harsh, irritating or drying.

What’s the Difference?

Commercial soaps are manufactured in large factories (often located overseas) staffed with anonymous employees, using the most economical ingredients. Often they contain some or all synthetic detergents; most have the glycerin removed.

Handcrafted soaps are manufactured locally in small batches with the personal oversight and care of Miss Louise, the soapmaker. She uses high-quality ingredients and is able to add specialty oils and additives to personalize her formulations. The creative artistry of each formulation results in soaps that are different and unique, offering consumers a wide selection of soaps that are not only natural, but functional and beautiful as well.

To Buy some of our beautiful bars, please click HERE.

Miss Louise
soapmaker

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Pure Liquid Soap

A few days ago we sold the last of our liquid soap – for now. We’re trying to decide what scents we should make the next batches. I plan to go with 6 different scent combinations but we need some help choosing.

Since it’s going to be fall and holiday season time shortly we were thinking of using these scent/color combinations. I would love some feedback about them. Please remember that these are tentative and the shade may vary according to your monitor.

(to be continued)