Handmade soap is an investment in quality, purity, and individuality. When you purchase a bar of handmade soap, you’re making a statement. You’re saying that you care about the ingredients that are going on your body, you understand and respect craftsmanship, you understand the value of quality, and you’re detail-oriented.
Like every investment, you want to ensure you’re taking the same care of the workmanship in use as was used in creation. Think of a bar of handmade soap in the same way you would a gown or suit. You wouldn’t wear that suit or gown to go running, or while tending your garden; you should view handmade soap in the same perspective of care.
The good news is that caring for a bar of handmade soap is much more low maintenance than caring for a gown or suit. Just follow this one rule, and you’ll be surprised how long your soap will last:
Keep your soap out of standing water.
Most showers have soap-holders already built in, which is convenient, but not ideal. These soap-holders often do not have drains, and the soap sits in water; the continued exposure to moisture will make the soap mushy, and diminish its life-span.
If you’re stuck with a non-draining soap-holder, here are some things you can do:
As long as your soap is only wet while you’re washing, you’re taking care to preserve all the skin-loving and nourishing properties of handmade soap!