How long will a bar of your handcrafted soap last?
“How long will a bar of your handcrafted soap last?” a new customer (thank you Carol) asked me a few weeks ago. The thing is, being a soap maker, I always have a few different soaps in my shower at one time. Usually, these are the odd pieces and scraps I don’t sell. So I couldn’t answer her question. However, I believe “I don’t know” is not an acceptable answer unless it is followed by “but I will find out for you.” So I did.
When I got home I unwrapped a bar of my Lavender Lemongrass soap (because it’s my favorite) and I weighed it before using. I weighed it randomly during the next few weeks. Below are my results.
Since I shower once a day, a bar of my soap lasts me 30 days. To be honest, I felt I needed more data and I enlisted in help. I asked twenty people I knew to keep track of how many showers they got with a bar of my soap. The only two requirements were to keep the soap out of water when they weren’t showering and not to let anyone else in their family use the soap. The second stipulation proved to be the difficult part, eleven people told me they were unable to stop family members from using the soap. These people were eliminated from my casual experiment. Now we are down to nine people and here are their results.
Jess 17 showers
John 17 showers
Joe 19 showers
Sophie 21 showers
Linda 22 showers
Tony 23 showers
Liz 26 showers
Mary 28 showers
Patty 30 showers
If you do the math you can see the average number is showers from a bar of my soap is 23. I believe it is a long lasting soap bar.
Carol, I have an answer for you.
Yours in Gratitude,