I have bought handmade soaps before. Although the soap in the past does not compare to The soap you will receive in these boxes. These soaps are so soothing and smell great. Even the smell of your bathroom changes for the better. Lol. Also you can personalize your box. You can leave a special message inside if you are giving it as a gift. Like I have also done in the past. It worked out great. I hope I never need to buy commercial damaging soap again. I’m hooked and can not wait for next months box.