Thursday, September 15, 2011

Soap Snot: Not A Good Thing

The feedback I get from some of my novice handmade soap buyers is that while they love their soap, it doesn’t last as long as the stuff that they buy at the store. You know the snarkhole in me wants to say Duh…, but I am after all, a classy professional, and I realize that we must take the time to educate our consumers on the difference between real soap and commercial “soap”. I use the quotation marks because that stuff aint soap. It’s a bunch of garbage-surfactants, preservatives, and fillers used to harden the bar and create lots of lather.  With all that being said, I inform my newbs that it is important that they properly store their soap after each use. Investing in a soap dish with drainage holes or slots are a must. Using those ceramic soap dishes that protrude from your sink and shower walls won’t do the trick. Real soap needs breathing room. If you allow it to float in residual water and it’s own drippings (sounds like I’m talking about a steak now…), then it will become super soft and mushy. Not.good.
I love wooden soap dishes, and here are a few that I’ve found that would love to snuggle up next to your handmade soap.




DIY Skin Care Blog said...

Yes!! This post is so needed. Folks want homemade products to behave like storebought products, they're different.

Great post! :)

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

Good post! I feel like I am a robot at the shows saying make sure you get a draining soap dish or keep the soap dry when not in use to make it last longer.

I do have to say before going into soap making I didn't know the difference between handmade soap or big brand soaps.

Amy Warden said...

I actually started selling some good draining wooden soap dishes, and people love em! They are the ladder type, only with a tray on the bottom to catch the drips. Easy to take apart to clean too!

Jeanette said...

Great post! I too decided to start selling wooden dishes to help the newbies prolong their handmade soap when they buy from me. I will usually include a free one when someone orders 4 or more bars and a little postcard telling them how to care for their soap.

Patrice-The Soap Seduction said...

I'm loving the positive feedback on this one:)

It admittedly took me a minute (or two) to realize it was my soap dish that was killing my soap when I first started using handmade soap.