Why use handmade soap? Because it is better for you and your skin. Handmade soap and shampoo bars preserve the integrity of the oils, fats and butters. Saponification is the reaction that creates soap. So coconut oil goes in, saponified coconut oil comes out. Olive oil is wonderful for your skin, and it is still there in the saponified form. Because of this, the oils and fats along with additives like clay or herbals, maintain their vitamins and minerals in the final soap product.  There are no detergents added so the finished bar of soap is gentle and cleansing without being harsh and drying.