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3 Reasons Why You Should Switch to Handmade Soaps

Are handmade soaps better than store bought? I’m going to answer that with 3 reasons why you should switch to handmade soaps today! But first, I want share with you how I started using handmade, natural bath products. I was introduced to handmade soaps and bath products through Mermaid Bodyworks.

Mermaid Bodyworks Handmade Soaps

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Martha is the owner of Mermaid Bodyworks located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She started her business out of a love for body products that are good for you. She also has a great love for the beaches of the Pacific Northwest! Mermaid Bodyworks products are designed with the thought that for a few minutes each day you can allow yourself and your spirit time to rejuvenate, refresh and be a mermaid!

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As soon as you open a box from Mermaid Bodyworks you can smell and see all of the love that went into these handcrafted products.

She uses the highest quality and ethically sourced products. Every ingredient is gluten free, vegan, Paraben free and Phthalate free. Only the good stuff goes into her handmade soaps and products!

Mermaid Bodyworks DONATES a portion of each purchase directly to Rescue Freedom International. Through her Mermaids with a Mission program, a portion of each sale goes to end human slavery and trafficking. I just LOVE that!

Reason 1 – Handmade Soaps Moisturize not Dry Out your Skin

The best handmade soaps are made with natural oils such as coconut oil, shea butter and/or olive oils. These moisturizing ingredients will soften your skin and draw moisture to it. Unlike commercially-produced (store bought) soaps that use detergents and chemicals that will dry out your skin.

Moisturizing ingredients to look for in your handmade soaps

Shea Butter

Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals. The fatty acids in this butter are known to penetrate the skin and deliver nutrients and antioxidants deep into the skin. This keeps it hydrated and healthy. It is also known for its anti inflammatory properties and provides a low level SPF (6)

Coconut, Olive and Castor Oils

Coconut oil is a great oil for general moisturizing. This oil serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. Known for its anti-bacterial properties it is high in fatty acids. This makes it beneficial for skin as an anti inflammatory, anti-aging and also low SPF.

Olive oil stimulates new cell generation, slows down wrinkle development and gives skin a youthful look. Soaps made with olive oil provide anti-inflammatory effects to help heal skin abrasions, rashes and even sunburns. Additionally, olive oil soap is known to provide relief to skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Castor oil creates amazing lather in handmade cold process soap. It also helps draw moisture to the skin so it stays smooth

Reason 2 – Handmade Soaps are made with Safe Ingredients

So this next part is kind of scary to hear. The big soap and skin care manufacturers have a dirty secret. The FDA doesn’t require disclosure of the ingredients contained in a company’s trademark “fragrance” on its label. This means that scented soap could contain harmful chemicals without the buyer knowing. Some of these chemical concoctions have been found to be skin irritants and even to contain known carcinogens.

Besides fragrance, large manufactures tend to use a whole list of chemicals. Some of these ingredients may cause or lead to future health issues. Synthetic preservatives such as Parabens, Sodium lauryl sulfate and Triclosan are just a few. Some of these can be potential endocrine and hormone disruptors in humans. These chemicals can also have negative impacts on environmental health and our aquatic systems.

So what is the take away on this? I think knowing exactly what is in my bath and body products is a start. Finding soaps and body products made with vegan oils and fragranced with essential oils is really important to me.

Reason 3 – Handmade Soaps & Bath Products Smell Amazing

Some handmade soaps and body products can have the rich scent of the natural oils they are made from. The nuttiness of the Shea butter or the earthy tones of olive oil. Other handmade products are made with pure essential oils that not only smell amazing but also have other healing properties.

Not only do you receive wonderful aromatherapy benefits from essential oils, but you’ll smell amazing all day. To make your handmade soaps last longer, keep your soap in a dish that drains. Also avoid letting them sit in the stream of water. This will prevent the soap from softening and melting away.


Handmade soaps and body products are moisturizing, safe for your skin and smell amazing. If you are ready to switch to handmade soaps then I highly recommend Mermaid Bodyworks .

Go to the Mermaid Bodyworks Shop and browse the amazing selection she has. If your order in the Month of April 2019 save 15% off with my discount code: 50ISTHENEW50 .

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  1. You know, I’ve never tried homemade soaps before. But this sounds pretty tempting! I like things that smell really fresh and maybe floral. I may have to give it a try! Thank you for this review!

  2. Yes, everyone should buy their soaps local, not only is it so much better for your skin, often times it supports other small businesses as well! I have been making soap going on 10 years now! Love homemade soaps! I will check out this mermaid line, she makes such pretty soaps!

  3. I’m actually using my first bar of handmade soap and I love it. Thanks for this article as I was just thinking about switching to handmade from now on!!

  4. I’m sold ! These soaps look amazing! I can only imagine how they smell and feel. I plan to give this company a try. Thanks for the recommendation!

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