Handmade soap can be purchased online from vendors who make these soaps for retailers or wholesalers. Some major retailers also sell handmade soaps. Handmade soaps are usually not available where commercially made soaps are sold, such as grocery stores.
Handmade soaps are better for the skin than commercially available soaps since they contain naturally occurring glycerin. Many stores sell soaps that have had their naturally occurring glycerin extracted, which is why these soaps can dry the skin. Handmade soaps usually tout that they are free of alcohol and preservatives, making them especially gentle on skin. They are also usually oil based, instead of using animal fat.