Hi my name is Jackie Reynolds and I am the designer and creator of all the goodies at Crafty Hens.
Please enjoy looking in my shop and feel free to send me a mail if you have any questions.
Not all SOAPS are the Same
Before I started to make soap I had the same thoughts as you did, that soap was soap and what I bought in the stores was soap and that there was nothing wrong with the product that I was buying. But it wasn't until I started researching and making my own soap that I couldn't believe how much cleaner my skin felt, how much softer my skin was.
Soap we buy in some stores today are made up of chemicals, detergents and additives. Once in a while you see soaps bars that say they have add natural ingredients, but they are added in such small quanties to make the consumer think they are buying a wonderful product.
Another point to remember is that many commercial soaps include the ingredient 'sodium lauryl sulphate' which is used because it's a cheap product to produce foam/lather in the product even through it's harsh on the skin. Crafty Hens does NOT use Sodium Lauryl Sulphate in their soap
Since oil palms need a rainforest climate – consistently high humidity and temperatures – and a lot of land, plantations are often established at the expense of rainforests. This in turn is endangering the habitat for Orangutans who are native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Their survival is seriously endangered by illegal logging, forest fires including those associated with the rapid spread of oil palm plantations, illegal hunting and trade. Crafty Hens does NOT use Palm Oil in their soaps
Because these soaps are made with synthetic ingredients they also require a preservative to keep them from spoiling. So you may want to take that into consideration as well.
Now after reading through the list of chemicals are you sure you still want to use these products on your skin?
It may cost a little more to buy soap that is handmade but in the end your skin will thank you for it.
So now you may be thinking to yourself ‘why does it matter which soap that you use’! The largest organ of your body is your skin. It's your body's defence mechanism against outside impurities, and it maintains your body temperature. You skin is also permeable and absorbs everything you put on it. Do you want to put chemical ingredient soaps from large companies on your skin or natural products you know and have benefits to your skin?
Just some tips on how to prolong the life of your soap.
• Don't let your handmade soap sit in water when it's not in use. You can buy a soap dish with drainage holes in the bottom to prevent you soap from going slimy, soggy and soft.
• Allow your soap to dry in between uses
• Use within 1 year of purchase
• Store unused soap in a dark place such as a lingerie draw or linen closet