How To: Get the Most Out of Your Handmade Soap or Shampoo Bar

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So you picked up a handcrafted bar of soap at your local farmer’s market or boutique or ordered one from Etsy.  However, now that you’ve spent that five or six or seven dollars on that beautiful shea soap or goat milk soap or shampoo bar, you want to get the most of it, not watch it melt away in your shower after a couple of uses.  Here’s how. 

Your first instinct is probably to put that bar of soap right up on that rack 90% of us have hanging off the shower head.  Don’t.  The more exposure your soap has to all that mist and steam and water right there, the faster it’s going to melt. The drier the soap, between uses, the better.  Get yourself one of those lovely suction cup soap holders, for less than you paid for your soap, at one of those big box stores. Stick it on the back of the shower, as far away from the spray as you can.  That alone will greatly extend the life of your soap. 

If you follow these simple tips, you will greatly extend the life of your handmade soaps and shampoos!  

I actually have two of these in my shower (and need another).

The next thing you can do is use a washcloth, loofah, bath sponge or soap saver.  Even I am guilty of rubbing the soap right on me, but your soap will last so much longer, and you’ll get some of the best lather possible.  If you use a soap saver, make sure you hang it up in the driest part of the shower, when you’re done with it!  The less you’re rubbing your bar directly, the longer it will last.

Bought a shampoo bar?  I often have people tell me they lather the bar in their hands, then rub the lather in their hands and repeat until they have enough lather in their hair.  I find the best way is to get your hair as wet as possible, then drag the shampoo bar in the direction of hair growth a couple of times.  I then my hands to work my hair into a lather.  If I can’t quite get enough lather, I will wet my hair just a bit more and it always lathers right up.  Follow it up with an ACV rinse, every couple of washes, and not only will you get the most out of your shampoo bar, so will your hair. 

My hair ‘conditioner.’

A final tip: apple-cider vinegar is a great hair smoother and conditioner.  To do a rinse with it, fill a reusable container with one part apple-cider vinegar to two parts water.  I like to add a few drops of essential oil (lavender is one of my favorites) to help cut the vinegar smell (which dissipates completely when your hair is dry).  Every couple of shampoos (I wash my hair every other day, so I do this maybe once or twice a week), douse your hair with some of the mixture.  You can rinse or leave it in, whichever you prefer.  The ACV rinse will help smooth the cuticle, balance your hair’s pH and help cleanse away any buildup from styling products. 

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