How to care for your Handmade Soap
Now that you've decided on your favorite scent (or scents!), here are a few tips on how to care for your Handmade Soap.
Handmade soap naturally has a high glycerin content (a natural humectant), which is great for your skin, but it also means that the soap requires a place to dry out between uses. It needs to breathe! If left in standing water, the soap will break down quickly and become mushy. To prolong the lifespan of your soap, do not allow it to sit in a bowl-shaped dish or container or any other dish that will allow water to collect and pool at the bottom.
Here are a few quick tips on how to get the most of your gorgeous and nourishing soaps:
Be sure to store your soap in a dry place out of the stream of water. Water running over your soap will start to wear away the surface causing your soap to deteriorate faster.
Store your soap on a draining soap dish. A boardwalk or slatted wood soap dish is ideal because it wicks water away from the soap, allowing the soap to dry properly.
- Don't use your soap as a tool to build up lather. Soap is very concentrated so all you need to do is slightly deposit the soap onto your skin and use your hands to build up its lather. Constantly rubbing the soap on your body to build lather will cause the soap to be used up more quickly and is unnecessary.
- Unused soaps should be stored in a cool, dry place - preferably not the bathroom. A linen closet is a great place as is a drawer (plus, it could make your clothes smell great!).
That's it! These 4 simple tips will help your handmade soap last as longer and offer more skin-nourishing benefits to you.