October 30, 2012
If you have decided to make the switch to a healthier and more natural life style, you have become very aware of the poor side effects that additives and chemicals can have on the body. These substances are often in the form of preservatives that are placed in the items in an effort to limit waste.
Preservatives in skin care and cosmetics have been found to cause the skin to dry excessively, produce irritation, flaking, redness, and swelling. Individuals occasionally develop hives and itching as a result of regular use. It has been linked to premature aging and some forms of cancer.
These side effects often cause a person to purchase additional substances to counteract the negative effects that are experienced as a result, like lotions or body butters.
As you make a stronger commitment to living green, you will often find that handmade soap is an excellent alternative to many of the other cleansers available. This form of cleanser offers the ability to limit the amount of harmful preservatives that are found in most commercially made soaps.
Handcrafted soap also offers a wider variety in ingredients that can be selected to produce a desired scent or even address specific skin concerns. When natural preservatives such as vitamin E are not used in the composition of the soap, it is important to use a shrink wrap to maintain the quality of the soap.