Our soaps are formulated to have a happy balance of lather and conditioning.
The ultimate goal is to cleanse the skin, but we also want to avoid over stripping the skin of the natural oils. You'll find our soaps to lather nicely but not explode in huge bubbles. But why is that? The same oils that create those explosive bubbles can have negative effects to the skin and/or the soap bar over time. Coconut Oil creates amazing bubbles and it may be exciting and fun to use a soap that uses a high amount of coconut oil..once or twice. But the real test is how does the skin feel after multiple uses? Castor Oil also creates amazing bubbles but can create softer, stickier soap bar over time.
Our soaps will lather with initial larger bubbles and then stabilize to a foamy and creamy texture. If washing for long periods of time, our soaps are known to have stable lather that will reactivate as more water is introduced. You may find that you like to add a bit more water to your washing process to maintain larger bubbles. Using less water in your washing process may create a drier more lotion-like lather.
Soap bars made with different ingredients will lather differently. Those ingredients are milks/cream, vegetable purees, honey/sugar, colorants, etc.. Some additives will subdue the lather some and others will boost the lather.
One of the most significant factors into how the same soap can lather differently is the water used during washing. Well water that is heavy with minerals may cause a decrease in lather but create a more moisturizing effect. City water that is high in chlorine and chemicals can often boost lather but cause a more drying effect. Here at our studio, we have well water but does not have a heavy mineral content.
Personal factors include skin type (dry or oily), activities (cooking with fats and oils), cleaning (may dry your skin out or leave a film), gardening, the number of times hands have been washed recently, how wet the soap has gotten, etc.. That's right...YOU affect how our soaps lather for YOU.
The size and age of the soap bars will cause a difference in lather. When you first start using a new soap bar, you may find that the soap doesn't lather super well. That is because that outside is very dry. Just work with it a bit more to break through that layer. Using a smaller piece of soap can mean that you aren't getting as much soap transferred to your hands and lather may be lessened. A super wet soap bar that hasn't dried much between uses may transfer more soap to your hands causing a much better lather. However, not allowing the soap bar to dry between uses will degrade the soap bar over time. Handcrafted soaps get better with age. The older it gets, the more lather and conditioning you'll get from it. We recommend that you use our soap bars within a year for the best results from the fragrances and additives.)
Note: Our Sea Salt Soaps are made with high coconut oil but are countered with a higher super fat to offset the high cleansing. It is a different breed of soap and doesn't follow the same rules as a standard bar of handcrafted soap.