Keep Your Handcrafted Soap Lasting Longer

hero-by-irie-essentialzHandcrafted, detergent free glycerin soap is super-gentle on the skin, holds scent wonderfully, and can be customized, shaped and colored by the crafter into a beautiful soapy work of art.
However, glycerin soap crafted from melt and pour soap base DOES attract moisture from the air, dissolves more easily in water than soap made by other methods (cold process, hot process), and WILL MELT at high temperatures!
So here are a couple of tips on how you can keep your wonderfully fragrant, luxurious bar of soap lasting a little longer.
  1. As much as possible, keep your brand new, shrink-wrapped soap at comfortable room temperatures – 80 degrees Fahrenheit or less.  Avoid leaving your soaps in very warm temperatures e.g. in your car in the summer.  They may go soft, warm, or, in extremely hot temperatures, will melt.
  2. Once you’ve started using the soap, keep it in a slotted soap dish that will allow water to drain off.  This will keep your soap as dry as possible between uses.
  3. If you plan to use your soap during travel (and you should! take a luxurious piece of home with you wherever you go!), wrap your in-use, unfinished bar of soap in cling wrap when it’s time to pack and head home (or to your next destination).
  4. Most important tip: buy soap for everyone in your household.  That way your bar of luxurious goodness will last a little bit longer.  Ok, just kidding, but really, a little enlightened self-interest never hurt anybody.  Alright, alright, just kidding.  Really.
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