To get the best from your handmade soap here are a few tips and tricks. Handmade soap is rich in naturally occurring glycerin which is a product of the reaction that turns oils in to soap. Glycerin draws moisture to it which makes it fantastic for skincare but if you store your soap in a soap dish with no drainage it can suck up water and start to get very soft. To ensure your soap lasts as long as it can you need a soap dish with lots of drainage like our Hemu wood dishes available in our shop. If you have a pretty soap dish with no drainage or raised areas to lift the soap away from the water you can use a slice of loofah to raise it up and give it plenty of air, allowing it to dry well between uses. Our soap on a rope is also a great option for really long lasting soap as it keeps air circulating round the soap. We also have a great magnetic soap holder that sticks to your tile or sink and is absolutely amazing!
To get the best from your candles there are a few tips to follow. Do not trim your wick too small, half a cm is perfect as this ensures a good flame height. When burning your candle ensure it is set on a heat proof surface so that it does not damage furniture when it gets hot. Allow the candle to burn until the entire surface has melted, this will ensure your candle does not tunnel and waste wax. Do not burn for more than 4 hours at a time and if the wick develops a mushroom blow the candle out and carefully trim the wick before relighting. The burn times advertised are based on burning for approximately 2-3 hours at a time in a draft free room. If you burn the candle for long periods the burn time will not be as long.
Deodorant care and use
Our natural deodorant has very simple natural ingredients and is designed to prevent odour and not stop sweating. The key ingredient is the Bicarbonate of Soda which is a fantastic odour neutraliser. Most people can use Bicarb based deodorants with no issues but a small amount of people are sensitive to this ingredient and should avoid these products. Tips to prevent reactions include using a small smear on each armpitt gently coated on the skin without rubbing. The amount of deodorant required to be really affective is very small and rubbing can cause the particles to irritate the skin. Do not use the deodorant on broken skin or after shaving. Gently wash off at the end of the day to avoid blocked pores from the dry ingredients. If your deodorant melts in hot weather simply stir well and pop in the fridge for half an hour to firm up again. For more advice see our blog post here