Friday, December 11, 2009

The Ins and Outs of Felted Soap: It's Good Clean Fun

~♥~Felted Soap 101~♥~
What is Felted Soap?  Why use Felted Soap?  How can I make Felted Soap?
One of our best selling items has always been our Felted Soaps.  It's fun and funky, unique and spectacular.  Simply put Felted Soap is "Good Clean Fun".  It makes a fantastic gift.  It is so cool even Martha Stewart talked about it.  The Twisted Purl's Felted Soaps are now in stores nationwide.  I'm frequently asked a lot of questions about the soap.  So here are my frequent answers: 
So, what the heck is Felted Soap???
Felted Soap is really soap.  It's a bar of soap with 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.


Okay, great!  But why would I want to use Felted Soap?
First and's pretty.  We all want something pretty in our lives right?  Felted Soap is also practical.  The wool gently exfoliates your skin.  So that eliminates the need for a loofah or washcloth.  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 onto 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)


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 position, 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!

That sounds like a lot of work...can I just buy Felted Soap?
Why yes you can!  CLICK HERE to go to our website. 
The Twisted Purl website has a page dedicated to Felted Soap, it's

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  Our website for more information about wholesale and bulk felted soap orders.
If you have anymore questions, please feel free to leave a comment! 
Remember Felted Soap is 'Good Clean Fun' and makes a great, unique gift. 

(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.)


Tammy said...

Has anyone ever tried this using wool yarn?

TheTwistedPurl said...

I have heard of knitting or crocheting a covering around the soap and then felting it. You just have to make it large enough...since the wool shrinks a lot.