Husbandly Support

“I’m so excited to take a shower!”

“I will NEVER use store bought soap again!”

A couple of quotations (made on separate days) from my darling husband about using our newest bar of soap.Ā  His enthusiasm and support are a couple of reasons why I love him, especially since his remarks are truly genuine.

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5 thoughts on “Husbandly Support

  1. Yay!
    How do you keep your soap from getting soft in the shower and melting/sticking onto whatever surface you put it on? Do you store it outside of the shower? That’s the problem I’ve had with homemade soap, which is fine with me, but I’m wondering if I should store it in a cabinet.

    • One reason soap makers let their soaps cure so long is so that they get harder and don’t get used up so fast. The longer it sits, the harder it gets. How hard a bar gets also depends on the types of oils/butters used to make the soap. 100% Olive oil (castille) or primarily olive oil and “soft” oils produce a soft bar of soap if it’s not cured long enough. However, if it sits long enough, Castille soaps can be one of the hardest bars out there. Certain oils just produce a stickier soap too.

      Another reason soap gets soft is because of the moisture. It’s definitely best to store the soap out of the the water’s line of fire. I keep mine on the top shelf of a rack that hangs from the shower head. It does get some splash but not as much. My rack is also wire, so the water drains from it. Keep the soap from sitting in water to make it less sticky and last longer. This soap maker recommends these soap dishes to help preserve your soap. Or, if it’s not a problem to store it in a cabinet, do that! =)

      Store bought soap may last longer, but that’s typically because it’s not actually soap. The glycerin and nourishing components are typically removed and replaced with harsher surfactants.

      • One other thought (sorry to overload you with info, I’m just super excited about all that I’m learning), is does your soap contain animal products or palm oil? Animal fats, like tallow, make for a hard bar. All of my soaps a vegetarian per personal preference. Palm oil is a good substitute to create a hard bar. HOWEVER, palm oil harvesting is a leading cause in the destruction of the rainforest and the dwindling number of orangutans. Even so-called “sustainable” palm oil isn’t sustainable because at this point companies get the title “sustainable” by pledging to be sustainable within 10-20 years, not necessarily at this moment. Because of that fact, I don’t use any palm oil (or products containing palm, like crisco). Consequently, my bars won’t be quite as hard as a tallow or palm bar without additional curing.

      • It’s ok! The woman I’ve bought from uses goat’s milk. She was using canned until she recently switched to buying from a farmer. She makes “super fat” soap, I’m sure you know what that means, I only sort of do šŸ˜‰ anyway, yes, palm oil = bad! I’m going to get one of those holders, someone sells them at our farmer’s mrkt, and store it on the top shelf of our shower. Thank you for the info!!’ šŸ™‚

      • I wonder what she means by “super fat soap.” Unless you buy lye soap (used for detergents), bathing soaps are superfatted, meaning there’s more fats than lye. This ensures that all the lye gets dissolves completely and the extra oils/butters nourish and moisturize the skin. The oils/butter that she super fats are what affects the hardness of the soap. I’ll do some research and see if the term means something differently. =)

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