I get asked the same questions, many times, about our homemade soaps: "What makes yours better than others?" or "Why are your bars more expensive than the ones I seen _______ (where ever)?" or "Why bother when you can buy those at the store?". Ok, well, first off, these can't be answered with a super short answer. Sure, I could say "because our ingredients are far superior" and sometimes I do say that but I feel like it leaves people guessing and not really understanding the full extent of that answer.
Our bars are made with quality oils that are organic when possible and sourced responsibly. We don't go out there trying to find the cheapest oils we can find. The herbs used in our soaps are grown by me and because of that I know the age of those herbs. This is important to know with most of the ingredients used in soaps. The oils, the essential oil, the herbs, etc. all have a life span and after that they begin to break down and the quality diminishes greatly.
Of all the reasons that our soaps are so great, the BIGGEST reason...... ours contain NO artificial colors and NO fragrance oils. The colors in our bars are gotten using natural ingredients. For example, the trace amounts of activated charcoal in our Moonlight Magick Bar is where that color comes from. The scent in the bar, is from the best essential oils.
Many people get fragrance oils and essential oils confused or they use the term interchangeably. Essential oils are natural oils of the plant that are extracted from giving the oil the many medicinal benefits of that specific plant. Fragrance oils are synthetic and they do not get those benefits. As a matter of fact, many people have harsh reactions to fragrance oils because of this and because their is no telling what ingredients are used in that oil to get the desired fragrance. In addition, fragrance oils are far cheaper than using essential oils and this is one reason for lower cost of their finished product. Here are a couple good articles to read up more on the difference between these two oils:
So, while there are some pretty fancy, low-cost soaps out their that are homemade, ours are made with peoples physical and mental health in mind first.....after all, before these soaps were made available on Cynnamon Charmed, they were made for my own 3 children and other family. We have many allergies in our family, not limited to artificial colors, chemicals, or other common ingredients often found hidden in fragrance oils. Now that I have made you aware of some of the difference there are in soaps you can purchase, go look at your bar's ingredient list.....don't you want to know exactly what you are putting on your body and what your body is absorbing inside of it?