Using handmade soap

If you've never used handmade soap before, or if you've tried it and had trouble, here's a few things to know.

1) Use a good soap dish!

It should elevate the bar so that air can circulate all the way underneath. If possible, let the bar dry fully between uses. Never, ever leave it sitting in a puddle of water - it will melt and you'll use it up quickly. Handmade soap needs a little extra TLC, but it's worth it.

This is my favorite style of soap dish. I get mine at Kroger for about a dollar.

Humid weather may slow your soap's drying speed.

2) Your skin may react differently than it does to synthetic soap (syndet).

Your skin is your largest organ, so take good care of it! Most people who use handmade soap find out that it makes their skin happy. A few learn that their skin does best with syndet - and that's fine! Some people have allergies to fragrances or other ingredients in handmade soap or syndet, so if you are prone to contact dermatitis, you might want to patch-test any new product, including Scrub In's products. However, because of the limited ingredients in handmade soap, lots of people with sensitive skin prefer handmade! Plus, Scrub In offers fragrance-free soaps for those who are especially sensitive. If you know you have allergies to something specific, please read the ingredients list before purchasing.

If you are unhappy with your soap, email so we can find a solution.

3) Different recipes work for different skin types.

Here's the rundown on Scrub In's frequently used recipes. I do not recommend anything in particular for any skin disorders, acne, or aging - I do not make medical or cosmetic claims. However, if you have questions, I'm happy to help you choose a product that may work best for sensitive or dry skin.

4) Buying handmade soap is good for small businesses and keeps handicrafts alive.

In addition to shopping at Scrub In, check out your local soapmakers!