Many of us have used the commercial bar soaps since we were children and we were always taught that if we wanted to get clean, it had to be harsh and full of cleansers and other additives.

As we grew older and started taking better care of our skin, we began to realize that those harsh, chemical laden soaps weren’t really that good for us after all.

With everything that our skin goes through on a daily basis, shouldn’t we use a natural and organic soap that will nurture our skin without all of those added chemicals?

Here at Pure Soap, we think so and we wanted to help you decide by creating this article which shows the differences between handmade natural soaps, like ours, and commercial soaps.

Main Ingredients

Commercial Soap Ingredients:




Synthetic Perfume

Artificial Coloring

Organic Handmade Soap Ingredients:

Healthy Oils

Essential Oils

Honey, Aloe, Oatmeal etc.

How Both Are Made

Commercial Soap Production:

Mass Produced


Natural Soap Production:

Locally Produced


Made with Care

Healthy Oils: despite common belief – oil is actually an important ingredient in soap, especially if you have oily or acne prone skin. Added oils like coconut oil, grapeseed oil or olive oil help to nourish and moisturize skin and bring it back to its natural PH levels.

Essential Oils: scented natural soaps are usually created with an essential oil to produce a natural, harm-free odor.

Honey, Aloe, Oatmeal etc.: natural soaps are made with organic, biodegradable ingredients that are harvested, produced, or sourced in a safe and conscious way. Unlike chemical ingredients, a consumer can easily understand what these ingredients are and how their body will react to them

As the human body’s largest and only exterior organ, your skin comes into contact with pollutants on the daily. On top of the dirt and bacteria it touches, skin also absorbs any chemicals in the soaps you use to wash yourself. The verdict: maybe commercial soaps aren’t so clean after all? Let’s find out in our showdown of natural soap vs. commercial soap.


It’s important to be educated about harmful ingredients prior to purchasing soap products. You want to refresh your skin, not pollute it with chemicals. If you can’t pronounce the words on the back of the label – put the product down!


Parabens: otherwise known as chemical preservatives, these harmful ingredients are found in majority of commercial soap and beauty products.

Phthalates: known to cause cancer, this additive is often used as a ‘plasticizer’- a fancy word for an ingredient used to produce plastic.

Petrochemicals: made from petroleum, these chemicals should be considered unsafe for humans because little is known about the longterm effects they have on our health.

Synthetic Perfume: artificial perfume scents, although they smell nice, are linked to allergies and hormonal issues. As well, synthetic ingredients such as perfume are likely to cause skin conditions and to aggravate existing issues such as acne.

Artificial Colouring: commercial soaps are packed with artificial dyes that have been known to cause health problems and illnesses in humans.