If you're reading this you may have recently purchased a bar handmade soap that smells ooohhhh so good and looks like a work of art and you are looking for ways to make it last as long as possible. Stick with me and I'll explain how simple it is to keep your new bar of soap in great shape for weeks to come!
Absolutely nothing beats a good bar of handmade, cold process soap. It's more moisturizing, it's very gentle on your skin and it's made with real, natural oils and even milks as opposed to store bought soap. But handmade soap definitely hits you harder in the pocketbook, and for good reason: quality.
Quality products cost good money because of the exceptional ingredients and the time involved in producing them. Which is why it's so important to know how to properly store your bars of handmade soap in order to make them last a long time.
Cold process soap and most store bought soaps are definitely NOT created equal. Cold process soaps are made from natural oils which produce a beautiful, bubbly lather all on their own. Most store bought soaps are made up of synthetic detergents, which are much more harsh on the skin, in order to produce a lather. These detergents strip the skin of its natural moisture, leaving it feeling extremely dry, tight and overly "squeaky" clean.
That's one of the main reasons why handmade, cold process soap is so much better for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin. But the one downside is that your handmade soap may not last as long in the shower as soap made with detergents and synthetic surfactants.
The biggest culprit is standing water. A bar of handmade soap left in a solid, wet dish without proper drainage or in the damp corner of the shower will soak up excess water and result in a soggy, mushy bar that will basically melt away and disappear in a hurry.
In order to be certain that you get the longest life out of your handmade soaps, always be sure to let them air dry completely in between uses.
A wire rack in the shower works great. It leaves your soap plenty of exposure and gives your soap lots of air circulation. Just be sure that the shower head isn't left to drip water on it.
An elevated soap dish which keeps the bar up and out of the water is highly recommended in order to allow the bar to dry out completely.
Dishes like Bigheart Soap's all new natural cedar wood soap dishes are a perfect choice to preserve the life of your new bar of soap. They're attractive, biodegradable, and when used in pairs will last much longer.
Simply use one dish for 2-3 weeks, and then switch it out with the second dish while allowing the first dish to completely dry out during that 2-3 weeks. Doing this will help prevent mold and mildew from developing and growing and will greatly extend the life of your new dish.
With a little bit of extra care you will be sure that your favorite bar of soap will be there through many, many showers and hand washings! Get your new soap dishes today at a great price while they last. Be sure to order before the end of July and you'll receive an extra 10% off your order with coupon code JULY10OFF !