How to look after your handmade soap - get more bubble for your buck!
“Soap so good you’ll want to wash your mouth out”
Now that you’ve decided on your favourite fragrance (or fragrances), here are a few tips to getting the most enjoyment from your new handmade soap.
I add heaps of salt to my recipe. Adding salt will give you a super hard bar of soap, that lasts a long time. BTW adding sugar makes bubbles. I do that too.
Then there's Kaolin Clay - it's fantastic for your skin because it brings a stable cream to your lather and then on top of that, the clay further hardens your bar.
My first tip is.. . 'Don't eat the soap.'
Handmade soaps naturally have a high glycerin content, which is great for your skin – but it also means the soap requires a place to dry out after you've used it.
The glycerin attracts water and if left in standing water, the soap will break down quickly. To prolong the lifespan of your soap, do not allow it to sit in a dish or container that is bowl-shaped, or that allows water to pool in the bottom.
Don't eat the soap.
Instead, be sure to store your soap in a dry place out of the stream of water, and on a draining soap dish. A slatted wood or bamboo soap dish is ideal because it wicks water away from the soap, allowing the soap to dry properly.
I also sell soaps on ropes, and I am happy to add ropes to any soap you purchase. Hanging soap will definitely last longer as it has space to drain. We also have handmade crochet soap savers that you will just love!
Unused soaps need to be stored in a cool, dry place – preferably, NOT the bathroom. A linen closet is great (plus, the soap will make your linens smell good!). If you need to transport the soap and are concerned about the scent migrating to other items (such as food), wrap the soap snugly in waxed paper to block the scent transfer.
Do NOT EAT the soap.
Precautions: As with any soap, keep it out of your eyes or it will sting (rinse thoroughly with plain water if this occurs), and discontinue using if irritation develops. Be sure to check the ingredients if you have allergies. Be aware that some soaps have ingredients that may bother sensitive skin (cinnamon, citrus, mint, etc.), and that exfoliants can be scratchy (that’s the point of them you know). Soap is slippery when wet, so take care not to step on a wet bar while in the shower.
And because I just couldn’t resist - we know the soaps smell really good, but please do not eat the soap. Which can be confusing when the soap is disguised as cake!
Shine bright, P xoxo