I hate to admit it, but it's been years since I've used a handmade bar of soap. I used to make bath and body products (not CP or HP soap though, unfortunately) and I knew handmade soap beats store bought or body wash hands down. I just got out of the habit of using it for a while I guess. This soap is rock hard and solid. I just started using it, but with proper care I think it will last a long time and completely offset the higher cost.
Of course, the higher cost of handmade soap is always worth it because you are supported a real person and not a large chain. It's only a few extra dollars for a little bit of daily luxury. Really, what better way to enjoy a few bucks?
This week I started using it and oh. my. goodness. It's amazing! My skin gets so dry I use a medicated cream every 8 hours in the winter to stop from clawing myself up and this has made my skin so soft and so silky. I seriously noticed a difference from one use! I'm sure I'll still have to use some type of lotion this winter but hopefully it will something great smelling and not medicated.