One of the best benefits of using natural artisan soap is that one of the by-products of the production process is glycerin. Glycerin is an excellent skin moisturizer because it attracts moisture to itself in and around the skin. Most handmade soaps contain glycerin, and so they hydrate the skin during bathing, whereas many commercially manufactured soaps can dry skin out. Why? Because store-bought, commercial soaps usually undergo a process designed specifically to remove the glycerin and contain an abundance of preservatives and other harmful chemicals that could be harmful to your skin.