When I first thought about writing this post I kind of giggled a little. And you are probably saying…well duh….but handmade soap is not like that mass produced store bought soap you can get in multi packs. First time users are usually left scratching their heads and saying…this wasn’t what I thought it would be at all…so for you, my dear reader, if you are holding a bar of soap in your hands right now, and it is handmade….just humor me and take note for a few minutes.
So You Took The Plunge and Bought Handmade….
That is fantastic! Here are a few steps to ensure that your handmade bar of soap not only lasts longer than a couple of days, but also serves you well in the shower…
Step 1. Your handmade bar of soap is made with oils, water, fragrances, colorants, and a chemical called Lye(aka sodium hydroxide, be on the lookout next week for a riveting installment as to why handmade soap needs lye). Because your handmade bar of soap does not contain surfactants, or cheap fillers, your soap is going to be vulnerable to water….so make sure you have a soap tray or dish in your shower that allows for great drainage. Oh, and by the way, if you have a leaky shower head, do not leave your soap under it! Handmade soap melts…yes melts under constant water contact!
Step 2. Getting a new bar of handmade soap is exciting! But, unless that bar has been wiped down with a damp cloth by the maker, that soap will stick to your body the first time it is used like a magnet! Why? Because cured soap has pores, and it also has glycerine(and…glycerine is attracted to water!). Your soap is going to stick to everything it can the first time it is used, because the surface is not sealed! So, to combat this, wet and lather your new soap and let it dry overnight. The next day…move to step 3!
Step 3. Let’s get clean! You and your soap are now ready for a date in the shower!
Step 4. You’re all clean and feeling pretty special! But wait…before you get out of that shower, make sure that soap is in that soap tray we talked about in step 1!
Step 5. Congratulations! You are now a handmade soap user! Right now I’ll bet you’re tempted to run around and tell everyone about it….but first…let’s get dressed!
And that is it! Great handmade soap is so worth taking care of, as it will take care of you. For any questions about handmade soap, and why it is different and why you should buy it forever instead of that store bought stuff…feel free to email me…let’s chat!