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So, I finally got to use my SOAP!! Now that I know it cured safely, I can send it off to my family (continuation of Christmas gifts!) 😉

I tested it in the shower tonight, in different uses, that I normally use soap for.

First, we use ivory in the shower.  This is also all I ever use to wash my face.  (Then I moisturize with my homemade lotion! I used to use Burt’s Bees milk and honey lotion.

Test #1: Facial cleanser.

I LOVED this soap on my face!!! My face felt so clean, but NOT dried out! When I wash my face with ivory, my face usually feels like it’s going to crack as the water dries off, at this time of year.  My face was already smooth, yet clean of all oily-dirt, after washing with this soap.  I need less lotion on my face afterward!

Test #2: Lathering on bare skin.

Made a decent lather, not bubbly like shower gel or anything, but comparable to general soap.  Again, it was so much less drying on my skin!

Test #3: Lathering on a loufa sponge.

Woohoo! Great lather that time.  I think the bar is a little hard (which I was hoping for when I chose my oils, as it will not disintegrate so fast in the dish).

Test #4: Shaving my legs.

Oh my! I usually shave with just soap, or sometimes an old conditioner I don’t like, and need to use up.  Shaving with this soap was easy, as it was a nice moisturizing light lather.  I take a VERY hot shower (I know… you’re not supposed to!), and often am so incredibly dried out after using soap.  And while at this time of year, I still need a little lotion afterward, I bet come summer I won’t need any after shaving!

I call this soap “unscented vanilla bean,” because I used old vanilla beans that didn’t have much scent left;  I hated to throw them away, and I thought it would at least look visually interesting!  I did us cocoa butter in it, but there are also other oils, and it just smells kind of generic and oil smelling.  Since I have reactionary skin, I thought I’d go for plain first off, to be safe.  Now that I have this soap on hand, I can try a scented one.  I think I’ll try a fruity one!

So thrilled with my first try at soap!  Now this weekend I will make a scented batch! 🙂

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