When you make the switch to high quality natural soap, you may notice a few changes when it comes to the longevity of your bar. Typical store-bought soap is considered “milled” and is filled with synthetic surfactants, sudsing agents, as well as chemical detergents. While this may produce a longer lasting bar, these ingredients are extremely harsh on the skin and can cause of dryness and irritation. With all of our soaps, we use a natural method called “cold process”, which utilizes natural oils and ingredients to create a lather. No harsh chemicals added!
We know how important it is to invest in quality skin care products and if you’re anything like us, you will want to get the most bang for your buck out of your soap. Let us help you protect your investment with these soap saving tips!
1. Time Cures All!
Make sure your soap has cured before using. The curing process allows water to evaporate from the soap, leaving your with a harder, longer lasting bar.
2. Leave your hands out of it.
Use a washcloth, loofah, or exfoliating gloves instead. Our hands aren’t the best at creating and maintaining a good lather, which is why you have to keep running the bar under water to get it to lather up. By using a cloth or loofah, you can create a great lather with just a couple swipes of the bar! Less water and use equals a longer lasting bar.
3. Keep your soap out of water.
When your soap sits in a pool of water, either in your shower caddy or by the sink, it softens the bar and breaks it down faster. (This is why your soap feels mushy when you leave it in the tub for too long.)
4. Don’t toss the remnants!
We all know how frustrating it can be trying to wash up with a bar that’s wafer-thin. soap slivers barely lather, break apart in pieces, and either ends up in the trash or sitting in the bottom of your shower, creating a soggy mess. If you’re anything like us, you hate to waste and want to be able to use every last bit of your bar. So, what’s the solution? SOAP NETS! Soap nets are not only great for keeping your soap dry, but are great for helping use up those pesky little soap slivers. (Bonus tip: they are also a PHENOMENAL loofah alternative!) No need to toss the remnants ever again!
5. Reduce Water Temperature.
Now, we’re not saying you can’t still enjoy a relaxing warm shower or bath. But, by reducing the water temperature, you will help preserve the longevity of your bar. Hot water and steam tends to break down bars faster and makes it difficult to get a good lather. So, next time you hop in the tub, turn down the temperature! Your skin and hair will thank you as well.
6. Use 2 Different Bars.
Alternating between two bars is one of the easiest ways to make you soap last longer. Let one completely dry before using again.
Bonus – Check the ingredients!!!
The oils used in soap matter not only for skin benefits, but also with extending the longevity of your bar. We won’t bore you with too many details, but by using harder oils such as coconut or **palm, the result is a firmer, longer-lasting bar. (Hint, hint: We use a LARGE percentage of hard oils in our soaps!!)
**Concerned about palm? We are too, which is why we always use Rainforest Alliance certified Palm oil. For more info on sustainable palm visit: rainforest-alliance.org