Handmade soaps are always significantly more expensive from commercial soaps that you pick off the rack. We’re sure many of you are wondering why paying an exorbitant amount of soap even makes sense. Why spend a lot of money on something that you can get for almost nothing? While you try to justify your choice of choosing commercial soaps from a price point of view, there are so many other important factors to consider while picking the right soap.
From the constituents of the soap bars, to its effects and production process, the whole hullabaloo of creating commercial soap leans towards unethical practices. Surprised much? Don’t be!
The cleansing substances that you have been using on your body, be it commercial soaps or liquid soaps are this cheap because of the way it has been made. They are created from a profit-making, production driven point of view, as opposed to artisanal soaps which are more personal. And these are just the basic differentiators. As we delve deeper into this subject, you will realize how complex, and destructive commercial soaps are, because of which its price is so low. Here are some factors that justify the seemingly high price of handmade soaps.
- Natural VS Animal fat: Handmade soaps are crafted using natural vegetable fats, making it vegan and cruelty-free. On the other hand, commercial soaps are made using animal fat, which is cheaper to procure and are unethical on so many levels. Natural fats are good for the skin, while animal fats are not too great for exterior use.
- Custom formulated VS Mass produced: As we all know, mass production is the cheapest way to produce any good. Whereas every batch of handmade soaps are made in smaller quantities, hence the soaps are improvised and customized to attain maximum benefits. This makes handmade soaps more expensive than commercial soap.
- Natural VS Synthetic: Handmade soaps are made from natural ingredients that are from farms. From coconut oil, to essential oils, to herb and fruit extracts, they are all natural. Commercial soap on the other hand, is made in a lab, using synthetic chemicals that are created in labs. There is nothing natural about these soaps whatsoever.
- Non preservative VS Toxic: Made with natural elements, handmade soaps usually have zero preservatives, making it skin-safe. Commercial soap on the other hand, uses a bunch of preservatives to keep its shelf life higher. These preservatives are harmful for the skin, and diminish the quality of the skin in the long run.
- Local VS Commercial: Handmade soaps are often crafted by local soap enthusiasts who pour their heart and soul into the soap. They are made with love. Whereas commercial soaps, like its name suggests are just another vertical for an MNC, who couldn’t be bothered about being ethical or creating quality products. There is no heart in commercial soaps.
- Eco-friendly VS Dangerous: Artisanal soaps are eco-friendly in all areas. From the production, to its after-effect post-use, they are safe for the planet. Commercial soaps on the other hand, are produced by putting planet earth on the line. From the ingredients used, to the effect of the soap that flows through our drains, commercial soaps spell hazard all the way.
- Ethical labor VS Toxic environments: Handmade soaps are made in farms, and not labs. Due to the natural ingredients that go into it, the people making it are not in any kind of risk. Made in labs with toxic substances, commercial soap brands expose their employees to various chemical risks. This unsafe working environment causes a lot of issues for its employees.
- Variety VS Monotonous flavors: Artisanal soaps enjoy variety in flavors due to the natural extracts that make it possible to combine your favorite flavor with the soap. Chemical soaps on the other hand use synthetic dyes and aromas to create their soaps. This synthetic use limits the flavors and hence affects the variety of soaps.
Although expensive, artisanal handmade soaps are crafted with the purpose of creating a sustainable and holistic tomorrow. It’s better for your body, for its makers, and for the planet, unlike commercial soaps that just want to make profits at any cost.