Care for Handmade Soap
Handmade soaps contain naturally occurring glycerin, which is a humectant that attracts moisture. They have NO chemical preservatives; therefore each handmade bar can last just as long as a commercial bar but you will need to give it special care to ensure its maximum life span. Here are some suggestions:
- Store your handmade soap from continuous exposure to water. The natural glycerin and lack of synthetic additives will make handmade soap susceptible to melting quickly if let in standing water. It is best to store your soap on a soap dish that raises the bar so that air can circulate around the entire bar. This process will allow the soap to dry between uses, thus extending the life span of the bar.
- Lather your bar with a bath pouf or wash cloth, the longevity of the bar improves if you avoid rubbing the bar directly onto the skin.
- Any bars that are not being used, keep them in a dry place, such as a drawer or linen closet. Many people report that the soap freshen their linens and clothes.
- DO NOT store your soaps under your sink, especially if you have leaking pipes. This IS NOT an ideal place to store your soaps as the glycerin in the handmade soap will be attracted to the moisture from the leaking pipes. This will cause your bar to melt away before it is used. Take appropriate precautions to safeguard the life of your soap