The skin is the body's largest organ. Like a sponge, our skin absorbs chemicals. Even some medicines are given in "patch" form. Our skin cannot tell the difference between natural and synthetic nor between harmful and beneficial chemicals. Many of the products people use daily, such as lotions, soaps, and shampoos, contain harmful chemicals.
Soaps that are bought at the store are not actual soap and, as such, legally have to be labeled as "moisturizing bars" or "beauty bars." When soap is made, it naturally produces glycerin, a humectant that not only draws moisture to the skin but protects it from the harshness of our environment. The big commercial companies press out the glycerin from the soaps to use it in other products such as lotion, shampoos and more. These companies make more money by using the glycerin elsewhere. The end result is the bars of soap strip your skin of its natural oils, causing your skin to be dry and unprotected which, over time, shows its wear. You then lather on a commercial lotion that contains all kinds of chemicals you've never even heard of to help your dry, itchy skin. Your pores are blocked, clogged, and your skin loses its vitality, not to mention the chemicals that are absorbed into your system with sub-par products.
Handmade soaps are full of skin-loving oils that leave your skin clean, but not stripped. Even the most sensitive of skin can benefit from handmade soap.