Felted soap is the cat’s pajamas. It’s like having a washcloth built around your soap! The best part is that you can make it yourself.
wool (I got mine from this shop)
bar of soap
bowl filled with hot water
1. Cut a piece of wool that is long enough to wrap around the bar of soap. (“Wooly” commented below recommending tearing the wool instead of cutting for easier felting—I plan to try this next time!) Wrap it around the soap with the ends on the bottom side. You can mix different colors of wool to create different patterns. I went with two shades of grey to coordinate with our bathroom.
2. Dip the wool wrapped bar of soap in the bowl of hot water, and make sure it is completely wet. (It will smell a bit like the sheep at the state fair!)
3. Rub the wet wool in small circular motions, applying more hot water when needed. The wool will start to shrink around the soap. Once the wool is clinging to the soap rub the whole bar of soap firmly between your hands to create a thick lather.
4. When the wool is smooth and adhering to the soap take it to the sink and run hot water over the soap. This will rinse the lather away and finish shrinking the wool over the soap.
5. Wrap soap in a paper towel and squeeze dry. Allow the felted soap to dry completely.
I love how they look like river rocks.