Most mass market soaps aren't actually soap - especially the liquid varieties. They are engineered petroleum-based foaming agents full of chemicals. A few of the mass market bars are actually soap, but they are made lye-heavy in order to extend the shelf life of the product. Good for them - not so good for you. The extra alkali makes them harsh and drying. How? That left over alkali will find every last bit of natural oil in your skin and saponify it (turn it into soap), leaving you dry and "squeaky clean". Many people have trouble with dry skin, so some manufacturers are selling gentle "bars" (not labeled as soap), claiming that a low pH level makes their bar gentle on the skin. But the pH level of a "bar" is not nearly as important as what the bar actually contains, because whatever is in the bar (or the liquid soap) will be absorbed by your largest organ - your skin. Ingredients in many mass market cleansers include Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Isopropyl Alcohol, DEA (diethanolomine), FD&C Colors, Propylene Glycol (antifreeze), and Triclosan (antibacterial agent). These ingredients can cause skin irritation and/or dryness and/or are suspected or known human health hazards. Natural soap contains no chemical additives. In fact, StouderHouse soaps are made with food grade lye and food grade fats and oils. Additionally, many mass "soap" manufacturers leach all the glycerin out of their bars; then they sell the glycerin (a natural lubricant & humectant) to other businesses that use it to make lotion to sell you because your skin dries out from the mass market soap. StouderHouse soaps remain in their natural state with all their natural benefits. Using our soaps, you may soon find you no longer need to lather yourself with lotion after bathing, therefore eliminating even more chemicals.
StouderHouse soaps are made from our own carefully crafted recipes to be natural, gentle, cleansing, refreshing, and moisturizing. You may use them to wash your body, your hands, your face, and -with some education on the subject- your hair (see our Blue Shampoo listing or blog post for more info). And our specially designed shapes prevent premature breakage of the soap bar. A StouderHouse bar of soap will stay in one piece until near the very end of its use. Simply wet the last of the bar, wet a new bar, and stick them together - there's no waste!