Handmade Soap vs Commercial Soap - What you need to know

July 02, 2019

Handmade Soap

Are you like me? Do you have skin problems?

We all need to be aware why some products commercially produced and also some handmade soap being sold out there are harmful to our skin and our environment. I know there are so many of us who have had skin problems which have been either caused by or exacerbated by the use of commercial body products that are loaded the harmful chemicals.

I started having problems with my skin many years ago.  I don't know if you have ever experience that horrible feeling like your skin is on fire.  Well mine felt just like that.  I took a break from nursing for 5 years and was so looking forward to having normal skin.  Well that didn't really happen.  My skin certainly improved but the problem was still there.

A few more years went by and I developed dermatitis on my hands, arms and feet.  I remember nursing patients with terrible skin conditions and I prayed mine didn't get that bad.  I clearly was allergic (I thought) to all soaps and hand washing products. 

It got worst as I got older.  Was getting sick of going to skin specialists and paying through the nose only to come out without any helpful solution.  I was advised to stop using soap.  Great!!!  I am thinking... really?  So what do I wash with? 

And so Moolicious soaps were born.  I carefully studied the ingredients and decided to give it a go.  No burning!!!! Jumps up and down.  I can't tell you how excited I was. It appears that I was not allergic to soap, but the harsh chemical ingredients in it were destroying my skin.  

Moolicious Handmade Soap with Natural Ingredients

Moolicious Soaps made with high quality natural ingredients and colors.

So why are most commercial soaps harmful to us?

The hard reality is that most commercial soaps are loaded with harmful and toxic chemical.  This together with the fact that as we get older we retain less moisture and our skin is dryer than normal can cause mayhem to your life.

Commercial soaps are mass produced by multinational companies, made with the cheapest ingredients.  They are factory produced creating large amounts of environmental waste.  Soap is not meant to pollute our environment and even more importantly our skin by loading it with chemicals. Soap is meant to cleanse your skin, make you feel clean and smelling good.

How do you know if your soaps contain harmful ingredients?

We need to be aware why some products commercially produced and also some handmade soap being sold out there are harmful to our skin and our environment. 

When you buy soap read the label on the back. If you can't pronounce the ingredients listed on the label chances are it's harmful to your skin. 

I always check the labels. If you like tongue twisters check it out next time you are in the shops. 

They either don't clearly label the soaps by generalizing the ingredients or you need a degree in English and chemistry to pronounce them. I will be doing a blog dedicated to the harmful additives used by commercial soap makers.

So what's the difference between our handmade soap & commercial soap?

I am often asked what's the difference is between our handmade soap and commercial soap. Why is commercial soap so much cheaper? Commercial soap looks good... smells good... but is it good for you?

This is a guide focusing on our soap & commercial soap but you can use this to differentiate between a good quality handmade soap with commercial & some handmade soaps that are not always desirable depending on the ingredients used.

    Our Handmade Soap Commercial & some Handmade Soap

    Small batches

    Mass produced creating large amounts of environmental wast


    Pure Quality oils, Olive, Coconut, Rice Bran, Almond oils, Shea, Cocoa quality butters

    Palm oil is widely used because it is cheap


    Palm oil free (lets save the forests and the Orangutan)


    Palm oil is widely used therefore threatening the survival of the Orangutan among other animal species

    No Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate, SLSA, Metheylisothiazoninone, Triclosan, Methylchloroisathiazolinone, Cocamidopropyl betaine

    Read the labels & it will frighten you. They will have most of them plus many other toxic ingredients


    No synthetic detergents

    Synthetic surfactants, petrochemicals
    Natural colors using herbs & Clays Artificial colours such as Titanium oxide which is used in house paint.


    I will be publishing a more detailed article on harmful & toxic ingredients used in so many soaps.  No wonder we are all getting skin problems.

    Be kind to your skin.  

    Thanks for reading and I hope this will help you identify the difference between a skin friendly soap vs a harmful commercial version of soap.



    Isy Moolicious founder



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    Energy -  is a strong citrus blend including lemon, lime, pomegranate and pineapple with hints of fresh jasmine.

    Frankincense & Myrrh - Enchanting, aromatic blend of frankincense and myrrh with balsam, spice, patchouli and sandalwood.

    Green Tea & Lemongrass - Refreshing & sophisticated scent. Notes of green tea, lavender, jasmine and lemongrass. This is a unique fragrance.

    French Pear - A fragrance which is rich, juicy and meltingly smooth. An amazing pear fragrance.

    Fresh Mango - The recognisable, intoxicating fruity smell of the mango fruit with additional notes of sweet musk and peach.

    Gourmet Tahitian Vanilla - Rich and sweet, a light vanilla with notes of coconut and malt - fragrant vanilla at its best.

    Grapefruit & Lime - consists of fresh bursts of exotic Persian lime, juicy grapefruit and the sweetest of mangoes, only to be exquisitely coupled with the warmth of nutmeg, clove and delicious cinnamon. A wonderful tropical blend!

    Japanese Honeysuckle - One of the most loved floral scents. With top notes of mandarin & pine needle, middle notes of grape & neroli & base notes of vanilla, malt, jasmine & cedarwood

    Jasmine - An exotic blend of freshly cut jasmine flowers.

    Kaffir Lime & Sandalwood - A rich sandalwood blend with hints of patchouli combined with fresh zesty lime peel, sweet citrus orange & spiced amber.

    Lavender – French Lavender

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