Even though the sky looked ominous, there was no sun in sight and a forecast of possible showers; we packed up the soap display baskets and headed for the farmers market in time for the eleven o'clock opening. I barely had time to setup and make a few sales before the sky opened up and rain began to fall as if there were no tomorrows. The only solution was to cover the soap so it couldn't get wet and try to wait it out. The waiting turned out to be three solid hours, nonstop with some drizzles in between downpours.
When the rain seemed to be at its end I uncovered my displays, making them ready for the few brave souls who decided to venture out to walk the dog or do a little light shopping. As I waited on customers I noticed that the soaps they were handing me for packaging were damp. Upon further investigation it appeared that all the soaps in my display baskets had formed little beads of condensation on them. There was no way I was going to sell my customers wet soap. I informed the market manager that I was leaving for the day. It was only a little after 3 PM just two hours before the market closed but I'd rather sacrifice money than the integrity of my business.
On my way home, I contemplated what could have happened. I had covered the soaps in such a way that not a drop of rain touched them. I then realized that there was 100% humidity in the air with the rainfall. Natural handcrafted soap is loaded with natural glycerin which attracts moisture. While this is a good thing in the bathtub it is not so pleasant when selling soap outdoors in rainy weather. This was an "Aha Moment" for me and proved what we natural soap crafters have been saying for years. That the layer of glycerin left on the skin while using natural soap helps attract much needed moisture to the skin. Keeping it healthy and fresh looking. So if this sweating soap situation ever happens to you, just wipe the soap off and let it dry. The only other thing to remember is to turn the shower off when you finish bathing to help the soap last longer. And that should be an easy thing to do my friends!