Why Handmade Soaps?

Each batch of Earth In Arts handcrafted soap is carefully created to offer a superior product that naturally cleans and conditions your skin, without any unnecessary chemicals.

Soaps are made by combining vegetable oils (or animal fats), water and sodium hydroxide in a process known as saponification. All true soaps are made with these basic ingredients, plus other additives to create a more moisturizing bar, a bar with color or texture, or a scented bar as the soap maker determines.

In contrast, many popular brands of soap sold for bath and shower use are not really soap at all. Commercial soaps (which are actually detergents) have changed through the years, becoming more economical for production, yet less beneficial for your skin.

Detergents contain petroleum distillates and less-costly synthetics rather than vegetable oils or fats. Although petroleum will get you clean, it is very drying to the skin and many people are becoming increasingly sensitive to the various synthetic additives.

Our handcrafted soap is made with natural products and is gentle and very soothing to your skin.

Soap can be made in several ways, but the method by which we at Earth In Arts create our soaps is called Cold Process soap making. Our soaps are produced at relatively low temperatures and take several hours to complete, and 3 to 6 weeks to fully cure. This process allows the soap's glycerin, a natural result of saponification, to be retained. In most commercial soaps, the glycerin is removed and sold separately for its moisturizing and emollient properties, but at Earth In Arts we leave the glycerin in our soaps along with many other nourishing ingredients.

Each of our bars is approximately 4 ounces. Over time you may notice some shrinkage in your unused bars, due to water evaporation. This shrinkage is a good thing because as the bar loses water and shrinks, it will harden slightly and should last longer. We hope you enjoy our soaps as much as we enjoy making them!

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