How To Use Natural Handmade Soap
Why handmade soap turned soft and slimy after a few uses?
There are a few contributing factors that lead to this issue. Because handmade soap does not contain hardening chemicals such as sodium stearate and lauric acid, (unlike commercial soap bars), it is softer in general. Soap with a higher content of soft oil compared to hard oils tends to be softer and turn slimy faster. Other than these 2 factors, it could be due to usage. If the soap is always wet or moist and sitting in water most of the time, it will also turn slimy and soft very soon after usage. Curing time is also a very important factor in handmade soap. If the soap is not cured properly before selling, it will turn soft and slimy at a faster rate.
Why handmade soap should be kept dry in between uses?
Handmade soap should be kept dry between uses to prevent it from turning slimy. This will also stretch the usable life of the soap. In other words, it’s best practice to stretch the value of soap. If the soap is constantly moist or sitting in a pool of water, the soap does not last long.
What is soap bag for?
The soap bag is used to keep soap dry in between uses, just hang it on a hook in the bathroom. The soap bag creates more bubbles for the user, for a nicer feel during a shower.
Why is there so little bubble when using handmade soap?
Handmade soap does not contain surfactants that act as a foaming agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). These chemicals are common in commercial soaps and some handmade soaps as well. Handmade soap that does not contain foaming agents will have fewer bubbles. Some oils used in the soap recipe will help in generating more bubbles, but it won’t be as much as commercial soaps. Hence, we encourage the use of soap bag to enhance your experience.
Why does the soap discolour?
Handmade soap by Audamus Naturals are naturally coloured, meaning we don’t add any artificial colours into our products. Hence, the colour of our soap is not as vibrant as those added with artificial colours. The colour will fade slowly after some time due to storage but it will not affect the performance of the soap in any way. The appearance may not be as attractive as it was first made, but all the natural goodness is still very much retained and intact. Worry not that you’ll get an inferior product, discolouration occurs naturally and is beyond our control.
Is there an expiry date for soap?
Technically, no. In fact, in the case of natural handmade soaps, the longer the soap is kept or cured the better it is. Soap are like fine wine, it’s a gem if it’s kept for many months or years, it performs better. Which means, it’ll have better lather, harder and lasts longer.
Any specific ways on how to keep soap?
Keep the soap in a dry airy place. If the humidity is high, the soap might sweat. If this happens, just leave it alone, it will sort itself out.
Why do some claim that soap is not made with lye?
Lye or sodium hydroxide is an important ingredient for soap making. Let’s look at the definition of soap. It is defined as a substance used with water for washing and cleaning, made of a compound of natural oils or fats with sodium hydroxide or another strong alkali. When someone claims that they did not use lye to make soap, it is either they have a product mainly made of chemicals based detergents or they are using soap bases. Soap bases are ready-made soap produced through the saponification process. The soap bases were then melted by the soap maker. Then, colourings, fragrances and essential oils were added into the melted bases. Hence, the soap maker can claim that their soap does not contain lye or was not using lye to make their soap. Although it is not wrong to claim that they do not use lye but lye was also used in making soap bases.