Soap and Water
Hard and Soft Water
A nice bar of soap will lather well with hard or soft water, but soap does lather way better in soft water.
With Soft water you may get a slippery wet feeling because soft water does not contain the calcium and magnesium that is found in hard water, therefore you don’t need to use as much soap in softer water to get a nice lather.
With Hard water and the calcium and magnesium soap does not lather as well. A good fix for this is to use more coconut oil in your recipe as this oil helps to produce bubbles even in the hardest of water.
We live with hard water and this soap recipe produces a great lather https://makingsoapnaturally.com/soap-making-recipes
Natural glycerin in natural soap
Handmade soaps are rich with natural glycerin and that is why they are so very moisturizing for your skin. This is one of the reasons why natural soap is so popular. That natural glycerin helps to draw moisture to your skin keeping it hydrated and helping to prevent moisture loss and dryness.
This is what makes handmade natural soap a favorite for people suffering from skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Why is my natural soap sweating?
It is important to look after your natural soap. It can begin to sweat if it sits out in humid conditions, the glycerin will begin to draw moisture from the air toward the soap leaving beads of water on the bar.
The sweating you see does not come from the inside of the bar, but rather from the natural glycerin attracting moisture to the soap. The more humid the environment the more moisture your soap will draw.
How to keep my soap from sweating?
To keep your soap from sweating, keep it in a dry area. Don’t keep all your soap in the bathroom, only the bar you are using. Maybe store the others in a linen closet, but not sealed. Leave them in a paper bag or out (if scented they will nicely scent your linen) Natural soap needs to breath.
If making your own soap, research the oils you are using – Canola and Castor oil tent to attract moisture.
Store your homemade soap in a dry area that is temperature controlled. I have used containers container moisture absorbent beads when needed.
Moisture is not always a problem, it depends on the climate you live in and can vary from season to season.
Don’t panic if you find a bit of moisture on your handmade soap, wipe it off and find a better place to store it. These little beads of sweat are telling you your soap have natural glycerin which will moisturize your skin as you use it.
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