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Felted Soap FAQ What is it? How to make it? Where to find it?

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Felted Soap by The Twisted Purl with Rafia
What is Felted Soap?  Why use Felted Soap?  How can I make Felted Soap?
One of our best-selling items has always been The Twisted Purl’s Felted Soaps.  It’s fun and funky, unique and spectacular.  Simply put Felted Soap is “Good Clean Fun”.  It makes a fantastic gift or stocking stuffer.  Felted Soap is an excellent teacher gift, co-worker gift, or hostess gift.  It’s so cool even Martha Stewart talked about it.  The Twisted Purl’s Felted Soaps are now in stores nationwide and available at all shows and directly on our site.  Everywhere I go and just about every time I post a photograph of my Felted Soaps I’m often asked a lot of the same questions about all the details of felted soap.  So here are my frequent answers:
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So, what the heck is Felted Soap???
Felted Soap is really soap.  It’s a bar of soap with bright, colorful wool wrapped around it.  Then the wool goes through a felting process.  Once felted the wool is smoothly matted and totally adhered to the surface of the soap. Again I say, YES!!!  It’s really soap!
Felted Soap by The Twisted Purl
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Okay, great!  But why would I want to use Felted Soap?

First and foremost…it’s pretty.  We all want something pretty in our lives right?  Felted Soap is also practical.  The wool gently exfoliates your skin eliminating the need for a loofah or  wash cloth.  The covering around the soap helps prolong the life of the bar of soap.  So, it lasts longer!  Felted Soap is also a lot easier to hold than a slippery bar of soap, so it’s also great for kids. (seriously, it’s the only way I can get my three boys to use soap)
Felted Soap Sheep by The Twisted Purl
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How do I make Felted Soap?

Mostly, lots of rubbing and patience.  Take the bar of soap and carefully wrap the wool in all directions until the entire bar is covered and no surface areas are showing through.  Next is off to the sink.  Gently soak the covered bar in steaming hot water (as hot as your hands can handle) and then start patting and very carefully rubbing the wool.  This is the most tedious part of the process.  I find if I am irritated, or my kids are having a wrestling match in the living room, felting soap is not an option.  If you rub too hard it will make the wool slip right off the bar of soap and then you have to start all over.  If you rub one area too much it can expose part of the bar of soap, which is no good.
Once the wool feels like it is more secure in its place, then you can start being more rough with the wool.  Put the bar into alternating hot and cold water to help the felting process.  Eventually, you have a completed bar of felted soap.  Over the years, I’ve perfected my wrapping and felting techniques and now am able to make bars of Felted Soap fairly quickly (even if there’s a wrestling match happening in the living room).  So, practice makes perfect!
Soapy Felted Soap by The Twisted Purl

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That sounds like a lot of work…can I just buy Felted Soap?
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What kind of soap do you use?
A large 4.25 ounce bar of Yardley Oatmeal & Almond bar combines real oat grains and almond essence. It has a very pleasant, light scent. Helps to soothe and defend against dry skin & irritation with the pure extracts and essential oils. Never tested on animals (unless you count my boys). Paraben & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Free.
Seriously, over the years I have felted A LOT of soaps!  I’ve tested many markets with many brands and found most customers appreciate the scent of this soap, plus it felts up nicely. Yes, you definitely can felt others brands of soap including handmade soaps (which I so wish there were enough hours in the day to make my own), but I prefer to use this brand.
Fetled Soaps by The Twisted Purl
(PLEASE NOTE: we no longer use raffia as pictured in blog post link. Each bar is individually labeled with The Twisted Purl Sheep Logo & Felted Soap Bands made from recycled kraft paper with product information on back.)
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The Twisted Purl now offers Felted Soaps wholesale to stores nationwide.  If you have found our soaps in a store, let us know!  We’d love to hear what you think.  If you are a store interested in ordering, please go to The Twisted Purl Wholesale Felted Soap Page to learn more information about ordering wholesale and bulk felted soaps.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll happily answer them here.
Remember Felted Soap is ‘Good Clean Fun’ and makes a great, unique gift.
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