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How To Tell Fake Soap from Real Handmade Soap

Fake soap

Fake "Soap"

Look at the shelves of most stores today and you'll find an abundance of fake soap! Look even closer, at the labels, and you'll see bars of mostly synthetic, so called "soaps" that are full of harsh detergents and petrochemicals; refer to my DNC list to see what they use.
This includes:
  • pretty, clear (or opaque) "glycerin" soaps shown above (many of them are made with cheap, harsh synthetic soap bases)
  • most of the commercial shower gels and liquid soaps on the market
  • highly touted "hypoallergenic" soaps recommended by main-stream dermatologists
  • virtually all of those rock hard triple milled overpriced French soaps
  • "Beauty/Moisturizing Bar"
Don't buy into it! 
It's nearly impossible for large soap manufacturers to improve the ingredient quality of their soaps. Using a cheap petro-detergent is better business and much less expensive than a natural oil. What is easy, is for these companies to use catch phrases and cool "organic" sounding names. You can't add a pinch of herbs and a natural sounding name and make fake synthetic soap real. 
Read labels carefully, ask questions, inform yourself.  Even if you've been using these harsh commercial soaps for years, try our natural soaps; you'll know just how much better and safer your bathing experience can be!
You can use the microwave test to distinguish real soap from glycerine soap, a.k.a. melt and pour soap or craft soap.  A melt and pour soap will begin to liquefy after 10-15 seconds in the microwave.  (They don't last very long in your tub or shower either.) Cold process soap won't melt that easily.   Most of the melt and pour soap bases don't have as much skin care value as cold process soaps and many of them (especially the cheap ones) contain harsh and sometimes even harmful ingredients.  If you want superior skin care, choose cold process soap.


Avoid fragrance oils, perfume oils, potpourri oils, and nature identical oils which are all different words for synthetic fragrance oils.
Many of them contain unknown or toxic ingredients, they pollute our environment, and they're one of the biggest causes of skin irritation and skin sensitivities today.  Just because a product has a botanical sounding name does NOT mean it came from a plant either.  Cranberry, watermelon, peach, pear, apple, strawberry, fig, pomegranate, coconut and many others (the list is long) are synthetic scents made in a laboratory.  Likewise, many soaps supposedly containing vanilla, jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, and sandalwood are also made with synthetic scents because the real essential oils, absolutes, or concretes are very expensive or even endangered.