Soap makers are often asked the difference between handmade soap and store bought soap. This is a very good question.
Handmade soap is created by a chemical reaction between oils, fats and lye. After the reaction is completed (the reaction is called saponification), a soap is formed that is rich in glycerin. Glycerin is a natural skin emollient, also known as a humectant. Humectants attract water from the surrounding air, and bring it to the skin. This results is soft, plump skin.
Store bought soap is in most cases not really soap, but detergent bars. They usually contain chemical detergents, hardeners and foaming agents. They are mass produced in factories all over the world which results in copious amounts of environmental waste.
Handmade soap just contains natural oils and fats. Usually they are produced locally. Small soap companies benefit communities by employing local people and incorporating local ingredients. Most soap makers are not only interested in just making money. If they were there are certainly cheaper ways to do it. Soap making is an artesian craft. Soap makers are people who are passionate about health and the environment.
So using handmade soap is definitely better for your skin. Evidence shows that people with skin conditions as well as sensitive skin often find relief using handmade natural soap. Make using handmade natural soap part of your self-care beauty ritual.