Last Updated on June 2, 2021
Handmade Cold-processed Soaps have around for almost 5000 years now. But somewhere along the way, they got replaced with detergent bars and body washes.
But the clean beauty revolution along with zero-waste movement has brought them back into focus. So why not choose these handmade and cold-processed soaps available in India for all your bathing needs too?
My skin often used to get itchy after a shower when I was using commercial soap bars. So I switched to using cold-processed soaps in 2018 and it’s safe to say, I am not going back to those commercial detergent-based soap bars.
What are Cold-processed Soaps?
Cold-processed soaps are created using the traditional way of soap-making i.e reacting plant oils with lye. They also contain herbs and botanical extracts and are scented with essential oils.
Since there is no heat involved in the process, the botanical ingredients in the soap retain their natural properties.
All handmade soapmakers have their own way of making soaps. Some use the hot-process method(heating the mixture to speed up the saponification part). While some soap makers like to add colourants like mica to give their soaps a bright hue.
But I prefer handmade soaps that are made using cold-processed technique and have no artificial colours in them. There are fewer chances of your skin getting irritated this way.
Benefits Of Using Handmade Cold-Processed Soaps
- Made with natural ingredients- Cold-processed soaps are made with plant oils, clays, plant butters, essential oils and contain no synthetic detergents.
- Gentler on skin: Commercial soapmakers remove the glycerin from the soap which often makes them drying. Whereas cold-processed soaps retain this glycerin content making them much more hydrating.
- Less irritation: The artificial fragrances and dyes used in a commercial soap can often make your skin itchy and red(like It did to mine). But with cold-processed soaps, the chances of such irritation are very low.
Where To Buy Best Cold-Processed and Handmade Soaps in India?
There are dozens of skincare brands and soapmakers in India that sell cold-processed soaps. But like I said earlier, I only prefer ones that have no colourants added(not even mica).
So here is a list of brands in India that make handmade cold-processed soaps using only natural clays, oils, butter and other botanical ingredients.
1. Bon Organics
I have been using cold-processed soaps from Bon Organics over the last 2 years now. They have over two dozen variants made using USDA certified organic ingredients yet are pretty affordable.
They don’t colour their soaps(not even with clays) so all variants pretty much look the same. The scent too is pretty mild so pick them if you are unconcerned about aesthetics but want a soap that does its job well.
Shop them on bonorganics.com
2. For Goodness Sake Soaps
This Bangalore based online soap store makes natural, handcrafted and sustainable cold-processed soaps using delicious ingredients that are quite affordable too. They offer both scented as well as unscented options for their buyers to choose from.
So if you have sensitive skin, pick the unscented soaps. And if you have dry skin choose from one of the scented versions which are enriched with nourishing plant butters.
You can buy these from their Instagram page @fgs_soaps.
3. Juicy Chemistry
If you want to try handmade and organic cold-processed soaps for a luxurious experience, then Juicy Chemistry has a range of gourmet soaps for you. All their soaps are certified organic as per the EcoCert Cosmos Standards and smell heavenly too. I tried the Cucumber, Matcha and Spearmint variant which smelled great and didn’t feel dry even on my face.
You can buy these from their website. Use code “DEMURE10” to get 10% off on your orders.
4. Saej Body
This newly-launched soap brand on the market is for all those looking for aesthetic cold-processed soaps made with natural colours only. (And at an affordable price too!)
Formulated by a young soapmaker Ragini Bajaj, Saej Body has a range of vegan, cruelty-free and palm-oil free soaps made to please you eyes, mind and skin.
You can order this from their Instagram page @saejbody.
5. Fiducia Botanicals
While Fiducia Botanicals usually concentrates on creating high-performance skincare stuff, they also offer limited-edition handmade, cold-processed soaps with changing seasons.
They have 2 vegan-friendly variants coming up this season – a chocolate soap and fragrance-free coconut milk soap.
Shop these on fiduciabotanicals.com
6. Vaanya Soap Co.
Vaanya is yet another small business that sells vegan, cold-processed soaps for all your bathing needs. They used mica earlier but are slowly phasing it out. So all their new releases will have natural clays only as colourants.
Due to their pretty yet low waste packaging, Vaanya soaps are great for gifting too.
Buy these from shopvaanya.in or their IG page.
7. Rustic Art
Rustic Art has around two dozen variants of cold-processed soaps made with organic saponified oils. A lot of these highlight indigenous ingredients like Champa, Vetiver, Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Kewda, Sandal etc.
All Rustic Art soaps are vegan, cruelty-free and wrapped in a soft, cotton fabric. (similar to the Bon Organics soaps)
Buy these on Amazon
8. The Soap Factory India
The Soap Factory was founded by Tharwah Nuseira just 3 years ago. But her mom has been in the soapmaking business for nearly two decades now.
The mother-daughter duo supply soaps to various luxury skincare brands and now have their own retail label. Their beautiful soaps are plant based with some unique variants on offer like Coconut Cream and Nalangu Maavu.
You can order this from their Instagram page @thesoapfactoryindia.
9. Bare Necessities
Bare Necessities is a zero-waste brand which has four simple but sustainable soap variants for your bathing needs. They also offer an option to try small-sized versions of all 4 soap bars for just Rs.200. This way you can figure out which one works best for you.
Available at Vanity Wagon. Use code DEMURE20 to get 20% off on orders above Rs.500.
Vilvah is a sustainable skincare brand based in Coimbatore. Their handmade and cold-processed soaps are made using organic ingredients sourced from local farms.
Vilvah is well known for its goatmilk range. So do check out their goatmilk soaps if you have dry or sensitive skin.
Available on vilvahstore.com
Satliva is a clean beauty brand that heroes hemp in all its products. Similarly, their cold-processed soaps also have hemp oil as a key ingredient.
They have 5 variants of soap, each freshly made on order with simple yet skin-nourishing ingredients.
Available on Amazon
Have you tried any cold-processed soaps? Share your favourites in the comments below.
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