These hand painted soaps are pretty for decorations, but are totally usable. The soap melts away and in the end you're left with a layer of painted flowers. Layers of Modge Podge is the key for these. Layered ontop of the soap, and then again ontop of the painted design. They made great Christmas gifts for teachers, along with a pretty little hand towel....usally I paint the same design from the towel onto the soap to match.