There's four things we do that make our soap so much kinder to sensitive skin (and the environment) but that does mean our bars aren't quite as hard as commercial soap.
Where's the rule that says we have to lay our soap on it's large flat side? Handmade soap loves fresh air, and resting the bar on its smallest side really helps to dry it out between uses, which leads us onto our second point:
Find a way to air your soap that best suits your bathroom - an elegant dish, a rustic rack, a discreet soap saver. I have a sneaky little spot at the top of my shower frame where my collection of bars get good access to air. There's plenty of space for me to stash a good variety to suit my mood or the time of day (like lavender & geranium at night and fresh citrus in the morning).
Why would you do this? Here's a few good reasons for you:
A) Smaller pieces are perfectly sized for the hand basin
B) Little chunks are great for kids so we can avoid that sinking feeling when we find a whole bar of beautiful soap turned to mush in the bottom of the bath
C) When travelling, smaller pieces are perfect - use a small piece and keep the rest tucked away in your luggage, nice and dry.
Oh, and you can simply cut your bar with a knife. It's not made of powdered soap like a commercial bar so it won't fall to bits when you take a knife to it.
The same soap sacks are also brilliant to keep your toiletries bag nice and dry when you're travelling. Use your soap and then pop it in the dry soap sack. Throw it into your toiletries bag and there's no mess. The fabric will allow your soap to dry before being used again at your next stop.
Keep a couple of bars (okay, three or four) on the go and rotate them. Grab a different one each time you bathe and they'll get the chance to dry out between uses.
Grandma knew what she was doing when she stashed her soap in her knicker drawer. Unlike commercial soap (that is made with powdered dry soap), handmade soap is made as a liquid which then takes time to harden. The longer you leave it the harder your soap will be - and if you buy from Washpool Farm, we offer BIG insentives for bulk purchases...and your knickers will smell lovely. It's a win/win situation.
Wet the sponge, rub the soap over it, put the soap back to dry and enjoy some awesome lather from your sponge of choice (i'm loving the awesome lather that I get from a Konjac spinge - plus it's a good choice for the environment as it can be composted when it starts to wear out).
Okay, I'm scratching to get to ten tips here, but perhaps I can take this opportunity to state the obvious. When you've washed your whole body with soap, you're finished. You can put the soap up until next time. You can choose to stay on a bit longer and meditate on all the good things in your life but let's be honest, we keep soaping because it's kinda nice - but not really necessary.
I'll leave this space blank while I go make a cup of tea, so you can comment below with any extra tips you might have.
A) If you live in a humid place it’s possible the constant moist air might make it nigh on impossible to get your soap dry. If this is the case, liquid soap might work well for you. Genuine liquid soap is virtually identical to bar soap when made by a soap maker. Beware of detergents with synthetic ingredients, preservatives and perfumes. The ingredient list for genuine liquid soap should read very much like your bar soap. Saponified oils such as olive, macadamia etc. with essential oils.
B) If there’s someone in your family who just won’t budge from the shower until they run out of hot water, it’s possible you’re using more soap per week than you’d like. In this case a liquid soap should last longer as they’re not holding the bar in their hand under running water for ages.
C) Liquid soap (or foaming handwash – similar thing but with a foamer mechanism) can be best at the hand basin. If you simply can’t keep the hand basin clean with multiple users and a bar of soap, try switching to a pump. Again, avoid the commercial detergents and stick with natural liquid soap that has ingredients you recognise and trust.