Small Company, Big Mission: Artizan Body and Bath’s Mission to a Clean and Healthy America

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The owner of Artizan Body & Bath is on a mission to educate all who visit her website about the vast differences between what the commercial “soap” companies call beauty or bath bars and true natural soap; as well as the potential long term danger commercial cleansing bars have on your health and the environment. Recently, she decided to offer her handcrafted soaps and bath products to the public as a healthy alternative to commercial products.

Astounded by the ingredients commercial companies add to their personal care products, Patricia Lewis, founder of Artizan Body & Bath, started to make handcrafted soap for personal use as well as family and friends nearly ten years ago. Recently, she decided to offer her handcrafted soaps and bath products to the public as a healthy alternative to commercial products. The company is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and their products are sold primarily on their website, and will soon be available at selected crafts shows throughout New Mexico.

The company’s focus is on healthy alternatives to skin care and to educate the public on the benefits of natural products over chemical laden mass produced commercial products. Ms. Lewis shared some riveting thoughts about why she makes natural soap and bath products.

“Let’s first understand the difference between natural soap and those commercial bath or beauty bars you have been buying for the last umpteen years. This knowledge becomes more important and relevant when you realize that, as the largest organ on the human body, your skin absorbs approximately 60% of whatever comes in contact with it. This includes, but not limited to, pollution, chemicals, detergents, and synthetic ingredients."

Ms. Lewis continued to explain, “Natural soap is healthier to use than commercial cleansing bars. You see, commercial bars are made with chemicals and synthetic compounds and are not real soap at all. Search the internet, you will find many sources that explain this fact. Commercial cleansing bars are detergent, similar to the products you wash your dishes or clothes with, and are harsh to our skin, as well as being toxic to the environment."

“On the other hand, natural soap is the real thing. It is the end result of the saponification process caused when the right balance of oils or fats and sodium hydroxide (lye) are mixed. Natural soap retains the natural forming glycerin in the soap. This is a good thing because glycerin is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to the skin, aiding to the hydration of the skin. However, during the commercial process the glycerin is ‘milked’ off and sold to other companies and harmful chemicals and synthetic compounds are added in its place. Natural soap is also eco-friendly unlike its commercial counterpart,” Ms. Lewis expounded.

When asked what made her product different Ms. Lewis stated, “I believe that quality ingredients will produce a quality product. I didn’t want to just make soap; I wanted to make a product that would actually benefit the user’s skin. That is why I have carefully chosen the plant based oils and other quality natural ingredients I use in my soaps and other bath products."

“I am pleased to finally be able to offer my products to the public. I have been making my soaps, scrubs, and bath salts for quite some time and now I can share them with everyone,” Ms. Lewis excitedly announced.

So the question is posed to the reader, which would you prefer to use, natural soap which is kinder to your skin, safer to your health, and eco-friendly or a detergent bar which is comprised of chemicals and synthetic compounds that deposit toxins not only on your skin which is absorbed into your system but also in the environment?

Anyone interested in learning more about Artizan Body & Bath can visit their website at, or contact Patricia Lewis at artizanbodyandbath(at)gmail(dot)com.

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