Handmade Soap and Glycerin Content

The Truth About Commercial Soap

Regardless of how alluring the desired effects of a commercially bought soap maybe, not all is what it seems. You must watch out for hidden messages on the packaging. Also, even on handmade soap, listen carefully to product slogans or descriptions with vague language.


You must be vigilant when buying products for your body. Handmade soap on the market could deploy the same types of marketing strategies. The same logic to the reasoning behind this marketing is to entice you into buying chemically “enhanced” handmade soap.


Your safest course of action is to invest in more natural products or to start crafting your own personal handmade soap. At least with these more safer products, you can ensure your skin will be in good hands. You will know exactly what you are using to cleanse your skin.

The perk of Using Handmade Soap

There is a misleading and untruthful fact that circulates around the handmade soap crafter’s community. This misconception is concerning the use of glycerin. Most people assume that adding glycerin to the soap is all apart of the handmade soap making process.

However, a process called saponification creates the glycerin we see advertised in certain soaps. After the handmade soap is in the manufacturing process, chemical reactions occur. The chemicals that react in the soap’s mixture are components of fats, potassium hydroxide, and sodium hydroxide. Through these processes, a certain accumulation of glycerin forgoes creation.

What is Glycerin?

Basically, glycerin is a natural substance byproduct of the manufacturing process. The concentration of glycerin in handmade soap is higher than that of commercial soap. This fact is due to the way each separate category of soap had undergone its’ manufacturing processes.

The high-concentrations of glycerin found in handmade soap is excellent for your skin. This natural chemical is a crucial humectant. Handmade soap typically is comprised of more than one humectant with the addition of natural or organic ingredients.

The term humectant is used commonly among more knowledgeable handmade soap crafters. A humectant is a substance that is exceptionally capable of retaining moisture. Glycerin draws moisture from the environment into the pores of your skin when it is properly applied.

The Difference

Thus, with just that one benefit, handmade soap greatly outweighs the disadvantages of using commercial soap products. Commercial soap products claim to moisturize and hydrate your skin. However, only the high-end beauty products contain a fraction of the glycerin found in handmade soap.

The small amounts of glycerin located in the commercial soap on the market are primarily due to the value of the glycerin. Unlike handmade soap, often times, soap factories will harvest their glycerin. The companies do this during their soap manufacturing processes. Then, they will invest the glycerin into more specialized and expensive beauty products.  

At least if you make your own handmade soap, you will not have to worry. What the commercial soap manufacturers are incorporating into their products in place of glycerin will be no concern of yours. You will be fully in charge of what goes onto your skin by using your own handmade soap.