Soap Care – How To Get The Most From Your Bar

This is an already soft, shampoo bar after a week on the shower soap tray. We won't be doing that again.

This is an already soft, shampoo bar after a week on the shower soap tray. We won’t be doing that again.

We have heard from a few customers about the soap getting wet and gloopy in the shower. This is not good for your soap, or your wallet, so we thought we should let you in on a few soap saving tips.

First of all, your new bar of handmade soap contains all of it’s glycerin. Glycerin is stripped from most commercially produced soaps and sold or made into the lotions that you use because the soap dried your skin out. (See where we’re going here?) For a great, in-depth look at glycerin, it’s uses and benefits, check out Pioneer Thinking’s article.

Anyhow, glycerin attracts water, so it will swell your soap up as it sucks the water into the bar. This will soften your soap and make it not last nearly as long.(Glycerin also attracts moisture to your skin when you use it, but not if it’s already saturated.)

The way to prevent this is to let your soap dry out between uses. Not on the shower’s built in soap dish, either. You need it to be somewhere that is dry and draining, where air can get all around it. It will last you a lot longer, and you won’t be mad at us for ripping you off.

“But Dirty Birds, I have all kinds of money, so I don’t care how long my soap lasts. I just like to waste it so I can start my new bar of Wild Fire.”

Well, if you have lots of money to waste on soap, you should buy a good soap dish from an artist, and figure out how many bars you will save and then donate them to your friends. Everyone likes gifts, and what better gift to give than some handmade soap from a couple of wannabe hippies?