The Controversy: Handcrafted Soap versus Commercial
There has been an debate about whether commercially produced soaps are actually anti-microbial and anti-bacterial and if these anti-microbial and bacterial properties has lead to the increase in allergic reactions, skin inflammation and inflaminatory conditions like eczema. The most controversial aspect is whether these anti-microbial and anti-bacterial soaps have weakened immune systems, resulted in creating "super" bugs (extremely dangerous, resistant bacteria and microbes) and other conditions like staph infections. While these issues are important, they are beyond the scope of this website.
The "Clean Truth" about Handcrafted Soap
For health, beauty and ecological reasons, as well as for the protection of our skin, bodies and the environment, both in the production and use of soap, there is no question that handcrafted soaps are superior to commercially produced soaps. In fact, the sad truth is that most commercially produced soap is not really even "soap" but rather a chemicalized detergent bar. In fact, our personal opinion is that these anti-bacterial and anti-microbial aspects of commercially produced soap are a danger to every individual who uses them on his or her skin and a danger to the public at large for increased outbreaks of "super bugs."
How Handcrafted Soap Cleans
Your body’s natural defense to bacteria is your skin, which is the body’s largest organ.Your skin produces exterior oil cells which protect it by trapping dirt, bacteria, particles and so on.However, once the oil traps the substance, it cannot be removed by water alone since 1) oil and water do not mix and 2) if your oil was easily removed, it would compromise your body’s natural defenses.That's where soap comes in. Without getting into too much detail and to keep this simple, as you use soap, the soap foam attach and bind to the dirt, bacteria, and so on, so when you rinse off the soap carries them away from your body.