It depends on the soap. I've used horrible handmade soap, and I've used great handmade soap. The horrible ones don't lather, leave skin feeling almost sticky or waxy, and turn to mush when they get wet. The great ones bubble profusely, rinse cleanly and are pretty hard (although all handmade soap gets soft if it's left in a puddle). I know that MY skin loves handmade soap- its softer, and definitely isn't dried out like it always was when we used to use Dove. Haha!! So much for 1/4 moisturizing cream!!!! I'd take a bar of good handmade soap any day.