Care Of Your Handmade Soaps

Handmade soap is not like store-bought soap for several reasons. Made with a large portion of pure olive oil, they contain no artificial hardeners, lather enhancing sulfates or preservatives. Properly formulated, it is supremely mild to the skin.

Their high glycerin content is another important difference. The chemical change that creates soap, also creates copious amounts of this natural by-product. Glycerin is a humectant. Humectant's protect our skin by attracting water to it, which helps keep us feeling soft and supple. In commercial soapmaking, much of the glycerin produced is siphoned off to be sold for other uses.

Not only does a small batch soap-maker have no way of separating the glycerin out, we wouldn't want to! A high glycerin content is why handmade soaps feel so much better than the mass produced, commercial variety. Your handmade soap will last for a long time, if you take some simple precautions:

  • Before use, store them away from heat & humidity. A pretty basket on your bedroom dresser is better than a steamy bathroom.
  • Always use a draining soap dish while in the shower or bath. Because of the high glycerin content, natural soaps will melt away quickly if left to sit in a puddle of water.
  • Use your soap within 6 months to a year. I know many who like to collect and save their soaps, but resist the temptation and use that soap! Although not truly perishable, they are best when used within this time-frame. After about 6 months or so, the scent may begin to fade.