The old and familiar bar of soap has slowly been taken over by the liquid variety. But solid soap is much more concentrated, which has its ecological merits. No need for plastic bottles to contain it, no need to transport large amounts of water over enormous distances to dilute it, and solid soap will simply last longer. But it is not as convenient. A bar of soap will slip from people’s hands, become dirty and squashy by the sink, and will often accumulate large amounts of bacteria. The soap holders Soap Flakes designed by Nathalie Stämpfli offer a solution: for each wash they will shave off tiny soap flakes that will feel comfortable to the touch and will easily dissolve in water. The remaining bar of soap will stay dry and sprea its pleasant scent.
Photo by Mariëlle Leenders