Judith Browning wrote:I like that yours are removable and could be transferred to a new bar of soap when the old is used up...I doubt that the 'sweater' would wear out for a long time.
...and such a beautiful drop spindle!
Annie Collins wrote:Nice project! But... So one of the things I make for my business is natural soap. When I first came across this type of "soap jacket" at a farmers market, I thought it was a great idea. But I wasn't thinking it through. I did buy the "jacket" and tried it on a soap in my shower, forgetting that one of the important things about natural soap is that it gets put in a draining soap dish after use. The dish needs to be draining because if the natural soap sits in wetness, it will turn into a slimy, soft blob of mush, never to harden again. So it gets wasted. And that was, unfortunately, what also happened to my soap in the jacket. The jacket stayed wet for a long time after use and the soap inside of it couldn't dry and started to turn into that blobby goop. I was rather disappointed because I was hoping to offer my customers a nice exfoliating option with a "soap in a jacket" while at the same time supporting another local craftsperson since I would have bought the "soap jackets" from her. However, hers were made of cotton. Maybe with wool it will dry fast enough so it won't be a problem. How does it smell? Does it have the wet wool smell when you use it? (One of the sellling points of a soap is the scent. Wet wool scent won't likely be appreciated by most . It's one of the reasons I haven't truly investigated making a sweater from my dogs' incredibly soft and warm, but a bit stincky when wet, shedded undercoats.) What about the soap, are you finding that it stays hard after use, or is it starting to get soft? I'd be interested to hear your findings using wool. Perhaps I should not give up just yet on the idea of offering my customers a "soap jacket"; maybe I simply tried the wrong material. I want to use only recyclable and/or compostable materials as much as I can in my business so wool would definitely be an option. Please post on your findings as far as scent and drying time, and if the soap is staying hard and holding its shape. Thank you!
Robert Ray wrote:I purchased a bar of felted wool over a bar of soap at our local natural food coop. My wife loves it. The bar has remained firm and the felt seems to be shrinking with the bar, at some point it wil probably be bigger than the bar.
Carla Burke wrote:
I hang mine up, out of the line of water splashing, much.