The following information is provided courtesy of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, pictures are our own.
"Also known as "handmade soap" or "homemade soap", handcrafted soap is a blend of both science and art. By combining the scientific knowledge of the last 150 years and the artistic creativity of the soapmaker, each bar is safe, luxurious and unique.
There are several types of handcrafted soap. The actual soap can be made from scratch by the cold or hot process methods or the soapmaker might utilize a ready-made soap base.Handcrafted soapmakers generally pride themselves on their unique recipes, developed to create their signature soaps.
Soap ingredients are usually food-quality, natural ingredients starting with a variety of vegetable oils such as olive, coconut, or palm, or purified tallow or lard. To these the soapmaker might add specialized oils, nut butters or seed extracts to bring the desired qualities to the finished bar.
In addition to all the wonderful ingredients that may be in handcrafted soap and the many different techniques that may be employed, perhaps the biggest advantage of handcrafted soap is in the soapmakers themselves, each of whom invests care and attention to detail into every batch and bar.
When you use a bar of handcrafted soap, you know it was made with the personal touch of a local soapmaker".