One of the reasons I love cold process soap so much is because it’s so different from the chemical laden soaps you buy at the store.  Commercially produced soap relies on surfactants (I had to look it up too.  Go ahead. Google it.  I’ll wait.) and detergents that are pretty harsh on your skin.  Sure, they’ll clean the dirt off, but they can also strip all of your natural moisture away in the process.  Leaving you a little too squeaky clean, if you know what I mean?  Seriously!  My skin worked hard to moisturize itself, and now, chemicals have washed it all away!

Cold process soap is made with natural oils and produces lather naturally.  So while you’re removing dirt and grime, you’re not removing the helpful oils from your skin. And – if you’re using Shirley Road Soap Company Soap –  you’re actually depositing straight-awesomeness back into your skin, creating one happy epidermis!

While cold process soap has many benefits, one downside is that it tends not to last as long in the shower.  I’m completely fine sacrificing some longevity if it means I get happy skin, but if you’ve ever had a bar of soap melt on you, you’ll understand the screaming shower spectacle seen above.

My number one tip is: High and Dry, people!  Make sure the soap sits in a soap dish (preferable self-draining), or a shower rack. If the soap sits in water for too long, it will become mushy and soft very quickly. #wheredidmysoapgo??

A window sill is a good spot for your soap and soap dish for several reasons. One – it’s usually high enough to avoid extra splashing. And two – it can dry out faster between uses, thanks to the sun.

We cure our bars for a minimum of 8 weeks to ensure they are at maximum hardness, but all that curing time can be undone by a few hours in a puddle!

How do you keep your soaps lasting longer?  We’d love to hear from you.  Please comment below!

 

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