Why You Should Use Milk Soaps (Especially Plant Based Milk Soaps)

Milk soaps have been around for centuries and for good reason! It’s excellent for skin. Many know that drinking milk provides tons of nutrients but applying it to your skin also carries a lot of benefits.

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A few of our milk soaps at The Loving Essence

Milk helps to provide a healthy glow, is rich in vitamin A for dry skin, biotin for cell growth and healthy skin, as well as vitamin B6 for new cell formation. Not to mention calcium, selenium and lactic acid!

If you have sensitive skin, you could benefit from using milk soaps as it is very gentle to the skin and cleanses the skin while helping it to retain moisture.

Some people get deterred from using milk soaps as they would like to stay away from animal based products; however, there are several plant based milk alternatives that can be used in soaps and offer just as much benefit.

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Rosemary Anise Soap made with Almond Milk

One example is Almond Milk. Almond Milk soaps are gentle, moisturizing, and nourishing to the skin. They also helps to soften and tone the skin and are excellent for those with sensitive skin.

Another alternative is Coconut Milk. Coconut Milk is packed with tons of vitamins and nutrients, including Vitamin C, which helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity and flexibility. Coconut Milk is also rich in

Coconut Milk Soaps
Luxurious coconut milk soaps

Vitamin E which adds to the moisturizing properties in soaps and also makes for a much gentler bar of soap. Because of all the vitamins and nutrients in coconut milk, it helps to promote healthy, glowing skin.

If you haven’t tried a plant-based milk soap before, I encourage you to give it a try.

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Handmade is Best Made (Soap Edition)

When I first began the natural skin care journey, I was opposed to any and all things “soap bar” related. Commercial soaps were drying and so was any other soap bar. I use to say, “Give me body wash any day”! When I was learning how to make my own skin care products, handmade soap would often come up and seeing all the colors often made me think of dye, skin allergies, eczema, dermatitis. All the things I had experienced in the past from using many commercial products. I had a major aversion. HOWEVER, what I have learned along my natural skin care journey from research and my own experiments is that HANDMADE SOAP IS LIFE! I wanted to lay down a few reasons here as to why I love natural, handmade soap so much and why I honestly think everyone should invest in this product.

  • Handmade Soap is Moisturizing

One of the natural by products of handmade soap is glycerin, a humectant that draws

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Loving Lavender Soap

moisture to the skin and leaves skin feeling incredibly soft. In many commercial soaps, this natural byproduct is removed and used to make lotions or creams. Removing this byproduct causes skin to feel dry, itchy, harsh, flaky and can contribute to irritated skin for those who are sensitive. Those who make natural soap do not remove this natural byproduct and as a result handmade soap leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft after use! Many of my customers often remark that their skin feels even SOFTER after using handmade soap than it does after using body wash.

 

  • Handmade Soap Uses Natural Ingredients

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Radiant Glow Turmeric Soap

Handmade soap is made with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, almond oil, goat’s milk, aloe vera juice, and clays. These ingredients are very gentle on the skin and help to nourish the skin. This is very different from many commercial soaps and body washes that use synthetic ingredients. While I am not completely opposed to their use (I do enjoy making body wash myself), however, I am aware that these are synthetic ingredients and are really detergents that can cause eczema and dermatitis in those sensitive skin. As a result, I tend to prefer to make handmade soap and encourage those around me to invest in this method of cleansing as well. While it’s true that handcrafted soap costs more than commercial, its value is in the results it has on the skin. It is true that many handcrafted soaps use fragrance oils in their products which is a synthetic ingredient; however, at The Loving Essence, we make absolute sure to use phthalate free fragrance oils as they do not have any effect on the reproductive and endocrine system of our users. Health is wealth and we make sure to use the best.

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Charcoal and Lemongrass Handcrafted Soap
  • Handmade Soap is Unique

In addition to nourishing, moisturizing benefits of handmade soap, and probably one of my favorite parts of soap crafting, is its uniqueness! To me, handmade soap makes natural skin care even more fun! Even if you don’t use fragrance oils and choose to only use unscented products, you can still indulge in a nicely designed bar of soap with the same nourishing/moisturizing benefits and other natural skin care products and cleansers. Every soap maker has their own style and technique for designing soap, but the benefits are always there! For me, I enjoy the process of “room temperature soaping”. I find this route to be quick yet effective and I can get to my favorite part: designing!

Most people opt for handmade soap once they realize how moisturizing and nourishing it is on the skin. Just one use and people are often excited to come back for more. It’s really that good!

Visit The Loving Essence to try these handmade soaps and more!