i bet you didn’t think there are other ways of using a bar soap. i, for one, didn’t even think it exist anymore. we are more acquainted with liquid soap these days, but then there is the Soap Flakes. Soap Flakes are, what do you know, flakes resulting from either grating the soap like a cheese or grind it like what you would do with a pepper mill.
there are two designs that creates Soap Flakes, the first being a pepper mill-like hand held device and the other, a wall-mounted soap flakes dispenser. the hand held version has circular grates at its bottom and turning motion results in shredding the bar soap contained within (see images below). on the hand, wall-mounted version involves pumping action which grates the bar soap inserted in the device.
the brain behind the Soap Flakes, is design grad Nathalie Stampfli. so why Soap Flakes? well, Nathalie has these to say:
Today, most of the soap we use is liquid soap, which contains a lot of water. Block soap instead is more concentrated and therefore has some ecological benefits: You don’t transport unnecessary water around. In place of plastic bottles you can simply use paper for packaging. The solid blocks can easily be piled and allow a greater space efficiency in a truck.
But what about the usage of soap bars? I don’t like the weird slippery feeling when I use them. It gives me goose bumps. And under the shower, it always slides out of your fingers. Hand soap also often gets dirty and accumulates bacteria when more than one person is using it.
according to Nathalie, the dispensed flakes falling into your hands evoke a comfortable sensation and the flakes will dissolved in water readily. sounds like a novel idea a geek like me would want to give it a go. however, i do have a couple of concerns. firstly, bar soap size may differ from country to country and secondly, i notice the weight of the bar soap works in tandem with the grating but if the bar soap becomes lesser, would grating be an issue?