How much do you know about what's in the soaps you use day-to-day? Skin is the body's largest organ and is often the first to touch and absorb toxins, chemicals, and other substances in commercial products. Often the ingredients in those products have long and unfamiliar names and are hidden in unreadable fine print on a small label. Handwashing and cleansing should be soothing. Unfortunately, many commercial soaps have ingredients that can be harsh or have negative impacts on you or the environment. Watch this video to learn why handmade soap is good for you and the planet, or read the text below How is handmade natural soap better for you and the Earth? 1. It made without chemicals and synthetics Most commercial soaps aren't true soap at all. Often manufactured with synthetic ingredients, they're similar to detergents. These may include parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, triclosan, and phosphorus, which irritate and dry the skin. Scientists even link some of these ingredients to hormone disruption and cancer. Botanical PaperWorks soap has natural shea butter, clays, mineral colorants, and oils. sources: fda.gov, bcpp.org, ewg.org 2. It's not harmful to waterways The natural ingredients in most handmade soaps are biodegradable. Meanwhile, the synthetic ingredients in commercial soaps, such as phosphorus, drain into rivers and lakes and harm fish and other living things. source: epa.sa.gov.au 3. It moisturizes your hands better and longer with glycerin A type of fat naturally found in plants, glycerin organically hydrates and keeps the skin soothed. Many commercial soap companies remove the glycerin from their products to increase their shelf life. If the soap label says body wash or body bar, it may be a detergent. 4. It's palm oil-free or only contains sustainably-harvested palm oil Many commercial soap companies use palm oil harvested from deforested areas. 5. It's often vegan and not tested on animals Many handmade soaps contain no animal fats, milk, or honey products, so they are vegan-friendly. The small businesses that make them usually don't test on animals, so they are most likely cruelty-free. 6. It comes from small businesses Purchasing handmade soap from local businesses means supporting community members. Commercial soap companies often make their products in factories with machines, not people. 7. Its packaging is often sustainable You'll usually seed handmade soap packaged without plastics, whereas many commercial soaps are in single-use plastic bottles or heavily printed, glossy boxes. Introducing Botanical PaperWorks Handmade Soaps Botanical PaperWorks handmade soaps are made with natural, vegan ingredients, and are completely palm oil free. Each bar is wrapped in plantable seed paper made from recycled paper and non-invasive seeds so they can be planted to grow wildflowers, herbs, or veggies. Looking for favors or business gifts? These handmade soaps are also available by the bar as wedding favors or bridal shower favors with personalized text and as branded business promotional gifts which are customized with a logo. Choose from 4 artisanal blends made with pure essential oils and simple ingredients. Why choose Botanical PaperWorks? Quick delivery, 100% Canadian products, and no supply chain issues \u2013 Botanical PaperWorks manufactures, prints, and ships seed paper products in-house in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.Award-winning and experienced team \u2013 Withover 20 years of experience in seed papermaking, Botanical PaperWorks trusted for various products. This includes wedding invitations, wedding favors, event stationery, memorial pieces, and corporate promotional items. Our staff members have earned their Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) and Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) certifications from Promotional Products Association International (PPAI.) Botanical PaperWorks has also won several awards for innovations in printing and the promotional product industry.Remarkable customer service \u2013 Earning 4.9 stars on Google reviews, our customer service team is well-known for being helpful, kind, supportive, and knowledgeable.Safe to plant and eco-approved seed paper \u2013 CFIA and the USDA have approved Botanical PaperWorks for planting in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and many other countries worldwide. We test each seed batch for purity to ensure that the seeds are free of noxious weeds and invasive species. We have tested our soils with ALS Environmental, one of the largest environmental laboratories in the world. They found that the soil with our printed seed paper easily met CCME (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment) guidelines. Considering handmade soap as gifts? Learn how to use them for custom branded promotions, wedding and bridal shower favors, or gift sets for holidays, birthdays and other special events. 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