Commercial soap sold in stores is often made with chemical detergents, hardeners, and synthetic lathering agents--they aren't even allowed to be called "soap" by the FDA. Some of these ingredients can be drying or irritating on the skin. Handmade River Ridge Soaps are created with pure oils and does not contain these harsh ingredients. Our base recipe is made with Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter in every bar. Each bar has a rich lather and will leave you clean and moisturized. So many have tried my soap only to come and show me their arms--they say "Look Diane it really made my skin softer and smoother!" This is because they have switched from store bought soaps filled with detergents that had strip your skin of natural oils.
Handmade soap also contains glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture from the air to the skin. It’s produced naturally during the soapmaking process. It’s one of the things that make handmade soap so amazing! Some commercial soaps remove the glycerin from the bars and sell it to make lotions and creams. Without glycerin, commercially prepared soap isn’t nearly as skin loving, and can leave the skin feeling dry.
Now, I know I might be a little biased, as I have been making and using homemade soap for over 20 years, but it’s something that I absolute love. I have seen homemade soap change the lives of so many people. For the same price as a latte, a beer, or a glass of wine that lasts 20 min. you can buy a bar of soap that lasts weeks and helps your skin feel softer every day! It also is aroma therapy in every shower. I hope you will try a bar and tell me how you like it.
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