Looking After Your Natural Soap + Shampoo Bars
September 13, 2018 (2 years ago)
One of the hardest things about switching to a Less Waste Lifestyle is understanding how the new products work, feel and taste!
Sometimes natural products don’t act in exactly the same way as you are used to and that’s good! Fewer chemicals, additives and flavourings mean you have to retrain your self and get used to the new versions.
The same goes for your natural beauty and bath products.
Here are a few tips for using your new Fair and Square Soaps and making sure they last you a long time!
Cold process soap making is a scientific process of combining oils with an alkali substance (lye) which results in a chemical reaction called saponification. Once saponification is complete, there is neither oil nor lye remaining in the soap. To produce a nice moisturising bar Fair and Square add a ‘superfat’ value of 7-8% which refers to the extra oils which aren’t bound up in the saponification process.
These oils provide the moisturising effect that you don’t get with commercially made soap bars.
After making the soaps, they sit and cure for at least six weeks to ensure a nice, hard, long lasting bar with a rich lather.
They are all handmade in small batches, and hand cut, hand beveled and hand packaged so each bar will vary slightly in size, shape and appearance to the photo, but all are full of the same skin loving ingredients!
TAKING CARE OF YOUR HANDMADE SOAP:
Handmade soap needs a little more care than its chemical-laden counterparts.
I like to cut mine in half, keep half in your knickers draw it will help everything to smell amazing and means it doesn’t start to break down in the hot steamy shower
As it is full of all the natural oils, it needs to be well drained when using.
The less of the soap touching a flat, wet surface – the better, so choose a good soap dish.
When you are storing your soap (before using), put somewhere dry. Don’t store in a damp bathroom.
Many of my customers enjoy storing their soap in their clothes draws, using them to infuse their lovely scents into their clothes.
Or cut a slice off and hang in a muslin bag in your car, the scent will last for ages and you will always have an emergency bar of soap if needed on the road!