So if you've ever said or thought that yourself, this is what I want you to know...
A synthetically produced soap bar (which is not soap it's actually detergent) that you typically buy from a supermarket will remain hard because of the additives added for that reason. A traditionally hand-made soap (proper skin nourishing soap) made from plant butters will always have the potential to go 'soft and squidgy' if it's not treated right (a bit like all of us really!!).
So what can help prevent this so it remains lovely to use for its life?
All handmade, artisan soap is different and made to the makers own recipe. Some plant butters and oils do make a softer bar. For example a pure castille soap made purely from olive oil can feel 'slimey' to use. Castille soap is very gentle so some folks gladly put up with the 'slimey' feel but it's not everyone's taste. The point I''m making here is try different bars. Don't conclude all handmade soap is the same. Find one that suits your skin and your preference for feel.
- When you use a handmade soap bar whether by a sink or in the bath or shower never leave it sat in water. It will be goodbye hard soap bar, hello soft & suidgy!
- Always use a soap dish with draining holes to let the water run out
- Don't have a soap dish? Use a dry folded facecloth to rest your soap on
- When you have those smaller, harder to use soap pieces left place them all in a soap saver bag which can be used in the shower. I use and now sell eco friendly sisal ones and they are amazing little inventions. I'd never be without mine. Its also gently exfoliating and I don't mess about anymore with small, fiddly pieces of soap. When my girls abuse our soap (by this I mean squidge and/or poke a toothbrush through - no I don't know how-perseverent blighters aren't they!), I don't mind. 'Cos its just not worth sweating the small stuff - into the soap bag it goes.