Fiber + Water + Agitation = Felt
When this process is applied around a bar of soap, you get a product that is gently exfoliating as well as cleansing.
To achieve this soap-and-washcloth-in-one, our soaps are surrounded with various fibers, including sheep, alpaca, and llama. As you use the bar, the fibers will continue to felt and shrink with it.
A benefit of felted soap is the lack of mess. The goop that inevitably is produced by bar soap, especially softer handmade bars, doesn’t end up all over your sink or shower stall. Instead, the felt keeps the bar tidy, longer lasting, and keeps it from becoming stuck to your sink!
Personally, I think the best feature of felted soap is that it's a bar of soap that's not slippery!
To use: Rub under water.
Just like a regular bar of soap! However, the friction of the felt and soap produces a great lather.
What can you do with the felted fiber once the soap is gone?
Continue to use as a washcloth
Use as a cleaning scrubby
Cut it up and add to your compost pile
Cut a slit in the fiber and fill with those hard to use
ends and scraps of other bars