Always a contentious issue when it comes to handmade soap!
We often hear from customers who have previously bought handmade soap (from somewhere else) that ‘it disappeared in a week!’.
Before I launch into how long it ‘should’ last, let me tell you some things about handmade soap that you may not know.
1. Handmade soap has a higher glycerin content than commercial soaps.
2. Glycerin is a sugar alcohol derived from animal, or, in our case, plant products.
3. Glycerin is a humectant. It absorbs water from the air and thus attracts moisture to your skin.
4. Glycerin has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties. So there goes that myth that handmade soap carries germs😒
5. Commercial soap-making removes most or all of the glycerin from soap for use in other skincare products.
6. Some soap makers produce Glycerin Soap that is clear. Unlike other handmade soaps that simply have a portion of glycerin in them as a by product of the soap making process.
7. If you look closely at Kri:ei’tiviti’s soaps, you can sometimes see the glycerin rivers that have formed in our soaps. Especially in our Coffee and Cacao Soap.
So now you know all about glycerin, let me tell you how to keep your handmade soap longer.
Being a humectant (and readily absorbing water) it is important to:
1. Keep your handmade soap dry between use;
2. Store your handmade soap on a timber or bamboo soap dish that will drain the water away from your soap.
So, let’s get back to how long your handmade soap should last you.
We have a saying in the Kri:ei’tiviti Kitchen.
One piece of soap (100g)
One shower per day
One month of use
So how long does your soap last? And if it isn’t lasting very long, invest in a wooden soap dish and keep that soap dry!