Commercial soaps are manufactured in large factories (often located overseas) staffed with anonymous employees, using the most economical ingredients. Often, they contain some or all synthetic detergents as well as fillers which dilute the actual soap content; most have the glycerin removed.
Handcrafted soaps, on the other hand, are manufactured locally in small batches with the personal oversight and care of the soapmaker. Handcrafted soapmakers use high-quality ingredients and are able to add specialty oils and additives to personalize their formulations.
The creative artistry of each handcrafted soapmaker results in soaps that are different and unique, in terms of ingredients, colors, shapes and scents. Consumers enjoy a wide selection of soaps that are not only natural, but functional and beautiful, while supporting the local economy and small business endeavors in their community.
This information was provided by: Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild, Inc.