Well, it is that time of year again. The summer months are here and we have all of the ingredients for that perfect homemade summer soap. From the freshest of spring flowers and the most aromatic of summer scents, the possibilities are endless.
Soap is a staple in the home and in some circles it is a taboo. I’m talking about the soap that you put on your skin. The “natural” kind you do without chemicals. But more and more we’re beginning to see the appeal of the artificially flavored and deodorized version that you pour in your hand and squirt in your face.
The real problem with the artificial soap is that it doesn’t really smell like the real thing. Soap scents tend to be artificial, and this is a problem because it makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and fake soap. There are a variety of ways to tell if a soap has been artificially flavored. You can smell it, you can touch it, you can even put it in your hair to see if the fragrance sticks. But there’s a problem.
That problem is that the fragrance is artificial. I am going to use a real word here. Artificial is when something is made from something else. That is not a soap. Soap is a soap, and so is perfume. There are many perfumes that have been artificially flavored, but most of them were also made from synthetic chemicals. So you can either make your own natural fragrance (like this one), or you can buy scented soap.
I am going to use real words here because I have already used the word artificial, but I am going to call it a “natural” fragrance because it is not artificial. The problem is that there are many “natural” fragrances out there. I recently went to a mall to get my hair cut and was blown away by the beauty salon there. Their shampoo and conditioner were all natural and there were no chemicals.
There’s a reason this is so common. There are many natural and cheap fragrances out there, but unfortunately these fragrance companies are selling them to people who have no idea what they’re doing. This is because the vast majority of scent is unnatural. The ingredients are usually synthetic and often contain toxic chemicals.
In the case of shampoo and conditioner, unfortunately the companies are using the cheapest stuff they can get. Natural ingredients actually cost money because they need to be harvested from the soil and are then extracted by a process that can go horribly wrong. You can find them at dollar stores and grocery stores.
And yes, this is a real thing. The problem is that even though it seems like it would be great for your hair to smell like a rose or something, most people actually don’t care. They use their natural odors for everything else, but not for their hair.
It’s not just for hair, though. Most people don’t use soap for anything besides showering. And once you start showering, the majority of the soap you use is thrown in a tub or sink. It’s a waste of soap.
This is why it’s not surprising that the soap marketing industry is in a major slump. We’ve all heard (or used a product that) “one size fits all” soap. That’s not true. There are many brands of soap. No two are comparable. And when you go shopping for a bar of soap, it’s almost always made from animal-based ingredients.