Handmade felted Soap is the latest trend in soap making. It is being brought to you by PandorasSoapWorks and we are happy to present these special soaps in our online shop at OrganicLifeNow – Find out in this article what felted soaps are and why you should use them. Article by PandorasSoapWorks:
“Several years ago a friend came back from a trip to Iceland and brought me a wool felted soap bar. It wasn’t a very big bar and was made with goat’s milk. I loved how it made my face feel after using it. It was really soft. I loved the design of the felted wool too! I noticed that I didn’t need a soap dish either because it dried really fast. The most important feature to me to this very day is the fact that this felted soap bar lasted for several months. I really hated to see my one and only felted soap dissolve and decided to put my favorite essential oil of Sandalwood on the little piece of felted wool that was left and put that in my dresser drawer. That little thing is wonderful! Every time I open the drawer I get a faint whiff of Sandalwood. So for those of us who prefer to live the natural life this is a little peace of heaven.
Because of this gift of wool felted soap I decided to try my hand at making some felted soaps and add them to my little handcrafted soap company that I started several years ago. I prefer to make cold process soaps, which takes about four weeks for these soaps to cure before they should be used. I prefer to make my soaps with Organic ingredients and have over the last year began phasing out of using cosmetic soap safe colorants and Fragrance oil.
The History of Felted Soap
No one really knows the true history of felt making but there is evidence to support that the craft has been around for a long time and probably originated in the northern parts of Europe.
What is interesting to know is that wool fibers are made up of a protein called keratin. The keratin in the fibers becomes chemically bounded to the protein of the other fibers resulting in a permanent bond between the fibers. Felt is a non-woven fabric formed when sheep’s wool or animal fur is subject to heat, moisture and pressure or agitation. Soap, or an alkaline environment, helps the felting process. Heat and moisture cause the outer scales along the fiber to open, and the soap allows the fibers to slide easily over one another thereby causing them to become entangled.
How are the wool felted soaps at Pandora’s Soap Works created?
I like to use white Merino wool to make my felted soap. To color my wool I buy packets of Kool Aid. Yes you read it right! I boil some water and put the Kool Aid in then add the wool. It will take about 15 minutes or so for the wool to grab the color. When there is no more color in the water and it’s almost clear and it’s done. I hang the wool to dry and there are all the colors I need. The colors of white, black, brown and gray I use the natural color of the wool fibers.
The process to felt a bar of soap is not a fast process as you probably assume.
I get a pot of water and bring that to a boil. I will take some wool and cover it by wrapping some wool around it and put that in a knee-high nylon stocking. Putting on rubber gloves I will take the stocking and dip it in the boiling water and take it out and put in under running cold water and squeeze and rub the bar of soap. I will also take the ends of the stocking and wrap that up around the soap bar as tight as I can get it and rub and squeeze that too. When you are felting about a dozen soap bars you will have given your triceps a real workout, trust me you will feel the burn the next day. I’ll take the soap bar out of the stocking and check to make sure the wool is tight around the bar of soap. If not, it goes back into the knee-high sock for more rubbing and squeezing.
I will let them dry for a couple of days then I will take my colored wool and design my soaps with a felting needle.
The Benefits of Felted Soap
I know there are people out there that cringe at the thought of using felted soap bars thinking it is unsanitary. But this is not the case. The fact is that wool has antibacterial properties and it will it never mold or mildew, it dries quickly and will never have an odor. A lot of people have never seen or tried a felted soap bar. For those of us that are dollar conscious and need to buy products that last, this little gem more than fits the bill. You owe it to yourself to try one. Makes a great gift for those that are hard to buy for and is a conversation piece as well.”
We from OrganicLifeNow tried the felted soap from PandorasSoapWorks and yes, this is a wonderful soap, it dries fast, smells good all time and feels nice on the skin.
This soap soothes the skin and makes it soft. It feels like a facial. You don’t need to use a wash cloth anymore (this is not hygienic as bacteria will make the wash cloth smell bad after some days).
Find the felted soap and other unique hand crafted soaps from PandaorasSoapWorks in our online store.