About

Faith McCarthy is a designer-maker of high quality glycerine soaps which are both decorative and practical, drawing on 1950’s patterns and colour palettes for design inspiration.

Shower gel versus a bar of soap? You could call it 'modern vintage', otherwise known as 'common sense'! The advantages of soap are brilliantly expressed by the inimitable Matthew Parris in his Times newspaper article of September 2011. He concludes:

"Millions of gallons of neat gel must be going straight down drains all over Britain as you read your Times this morning.... Gel is an ablutionary challenge and an ecological disaster. The comparative efficiency of dispensing detergent from the wet surface of a bar of soap, rather than trying to glug it out of a bottle cannot be denied." Well said Mr Parris!

So ditch the new-fangled shower gel and pick up a good old-fashioned long-lasting bar of soap. English Handmade Soap is soap that you will love to give but will also be oh so tempted to keep!

The Benefits of using Glycerin Soaps

Glycerin is a natural product which is not only gentle on the skin, it also moisturizes and cleanses your skin.

Glycerin - Properties

Glycerin is a colorless, odorless and viscous organic compound. It is a neutral, sweet tasting substance which has a high boiling point and freezes to form a thick gummy paste. Glycerin is a good solvent as it dissolves a lot of things easier than water or alcohol. It absorbs moisture from the air. It has soothing effect on your skin when diluted with water and is also known to soften the skin. This is the reason why it is so widely used in cosmetics.

Glycerin Soap Benefits
Soaps with synthetic chemicals can harm your skin in many ways. They can be responsible for irritation, redness, swelling and itching of the skin. Glycerin soap is largely free of synthetic chemicals and is more acceptable to those whose skin reacts to the chemicals in synthetic soaps. 

Glycerin Soap Benefits - Moisturizer
Glycerin is a humectant that is capable of drawing moisture towards itself. When you use glycerin on your face, it therefore attracts moisture towards your skin.  This is the reason that glycerin is a highly prized constituent ingredient of many cosmetics. A soap that is advertised as 'Triple Milled' means that much of the beneficial glycerin has already been extracted from it, and sold on to the cosmetics manufacturers as a lucrative by-product.

Glycerin Soap Benefits - Skin Disorders

People with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis find it very difficult to choose the right soap. The slightest amount of toxic chemicals in their soaps can aggravate their condition. Glycerin soap is very mild and gentle on the skin and can even help in relieving symptoms of certain skin disorders.


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