The idea of buying of a handmade soap is very enticing. We love supporting the artisan and we believe we’re replacing a chemical laden product with something natural. But is a soap non-toxic just because it is handmade, or made at home?
If fragrance chemicals are used to make it, being homemade doesn’t ensure the soap is non-toxic. In fact, it could be even be more toxic than commercially made products.
You can check the ingredients of your personal care products on the Skin Deep website to find out if the fragrances used make them toxic.
Nowadays, home soap makers have access to fragrance chemicals that would normally be used by huge companies that have chemists, product formulators, and other personnel who work to create products that do not poison us immediately. Do these home soap makers know how to use these chemicals? Not always.
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You see, the artisan soap maker does not have the luxury of chemists, and other experts that work to ensure that the fragrances they add to soaps are safe or that the concentrations used aren’t too high.
A very small vial of Fragrance is enough to scent a big batch of soap, but often times the same amounts are used in small homemade batches by the home soap maker.
When shopping for non-toxic handmade soaps, look for soaps that only use natural ingredients, and do not have the word “Fragrance” on the label.
Karen Coghlan of Blue Yonder Urban Farms is a Wife, Grandmother, Soap Maker, Full Time Student, and a Back Yard Gardener. This year she started seriously trying to grow food in her back yard. Living in Arizona, with the heat growing anything is a challenge!