1. To prolong the use of our handmade soap, please keep it dry after use. Place it on a soap dish with sufficient drainage or a soap net. As our soap is olive oil based, it tends to melt faster when it sits in water.
2. Do store unopened soaps in a cool, dry and dark area. Your wardrobe closet would be ideal. You may notice that droplets may form on these soaps although they are not in use. This is because the glycerine inside the soap is doing its job of drawing moisture from the air to the soap and when applied on your skin, this is one of the reasons why using handmade soap is not drying.
3. Don't be put off if your bar of soap is slimier or not as aesthetically pleasing as the soaps you bought prior. This is because we use unrefined olive oil in our soaps and with all natural ingredients, they do vary from each harvest and yield. The slimier version is caused by the batch of unrefined olive oil which is richer in humectant properties and produces more glycerine (slimy transparent layer) that keeps your skin moisturized. So, be rest assured that the bar of soap still cleans and moisturizes just as well.
Remember The Olive Tree? I talked about them last year when they first launched in Malaysia (post here). The Olive Tree products are vegan, biodegradable and made of the highest quality natural ingredients sourced from plants. All products are made in Australia and strictly against animal testing. This year, they've grown and now they carry more products, which include essential oils and carrier oils. Let me explain further about them and ways to use them.
You may find the soap a little wet at times. A quality bar of handmade soap will tend to "sweat" in humid weather due to the high content of natural humectants. A humectant is a substance that absorbs moisture from its surroundings but not from the soap itself. The soap "sweating" does not affect any of the soap's abilities. Soap "sweating" demonstrates that the humectant agents in the soap are just merely doing their job of accumulating moisture from the air, leaving your skin moisturized.
When switching to natural hair care routine, during the initial stages, your hair may feel stiff, sticky or dry as natural hair care products detox your hair from petrochemical polymer which acts as a coating agent. All these transitional inconveniences which can last between 2 weeks to 2 months will gradually disappear as your hair and scalp adjusts to the natural hair care regime.
Notice the transparent gooey layer on your handmade soaps? Well, that is highly prized glycerine which is extremely moisturizing for your skin. Glycerine is the by-product of the soap making process. In commercial soaps, this glycerine is removed and added to other products like body lotions. However, in handmade soaps this lovely glycerine is still intact which leaves your skin feeling smooth and moisturized after use.