Why Handmade Soap?

“Why handmade soap?” is a legitimate question. There are tons of affordable options out there, commercially-sold conveniently in your local grocery store or mall. The brands are familiar and reputable—why try anything different?


Because these companies pump out millions of units a year.


How is this problematic?


In order to maintain the quality and keep costs down, companies fill their formulas with preservatives and chemicals. While the finished product sold to you may look, smell, and work beautifully, the ingredient list is long. The majority of ingredients also provide little to no benefit to your skin and are (for the most part) unrecognizable.


Commercial Brand (Unscented, For Sensitive Skin)

The Bassets Soapery (Lemon Lavender Scent)

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate

Stearic Acid

Sodium Tallowate (Tallow)

Sodium Palmitate

Lauric Acid

Sodium Isethionate


Sodium Stearate

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil)

Sodium Palm Kernelate

Sodium Chloride

Tetrasodium EDTA

Tetrasodium Etidronate


Titanium Dioxide (Color)

Sodium Olivate (Olive Oil)


Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil)

Sodium Shea Butterate (Shea Butter)

Sodium Avocadate (Avocado Oil)

Sodium Casterate (Castor Oil)


Titanium Dioxide (Color)

Ultramarines (Color)



To keep up demand and stock, commercial companies rely on chemicals to uphold the quality of their products. It’s understandable: even companies whose brands lean towards more natural ingredients have had to also supplement their product with chemicals.


Millions of people use these products every day and love them. There’s nothing wrong with that.


But if you’re the type of consumer who wants to be knowledgeable on what they use on their bodies, handmade soap is the way to go.


The Bassets Soapery packs their soaps with skin-loving oils and shea butter. Fragrances and colors are used in extremely small percentages. Most handmade companies sell products:


  • not tested on animals
  • contain little to no chemicals
  • that are eco-friendly
  • proudly crafted the old-fashioned way


The above is resoundingly true for our company. How many commercial brands can boast all of the above? Not a lot (if any).


The more people invest in small business, the more major companies will take notice. Hopefully, if the tide turns enough, large companies will take a step back and find innovative ways to mass-produce without leaving such a large environmental footprint on an already exhausted planet.


We’ve begun to see this effect in:


  • the introduction of health-conscious options in fast-food chains
  • the steep rise of popularity of electric vehicles
  • the masses of people that come to craft fairs and farmers markets


For those who already use handmade soap, the answer to “Why handmade soap?” is clear:

Less chemicals, more of the good stuff for our bodies, our local communities, and for our planet.