Soap-cutting videos might be your new favorite way to relax
Your relationship with bar soap is probably a simple one: it sits in your shower and you use it to clean yourself.
Per Shortlist, Instagram users have found another use for this basic household item and it’s incredibly mesmerizing. It’s a new trend known as “soap cutting,” and, uh, it’s pretty self explanatory: just take a bar of soap and cut it up.
This trend isn’t as weird as you might think. In fact, it just the latest in a long-running internet trend of… cutting stuff up. This includes candle-carving, make-up-destroying, and bath-bomb-slicing.
There’s something hypnotic about the way slivers of soap curl back or flake beneath the knife as the bar get smaller and smaller.
Most soap-cutting accounts also have some version of ASMR in their username – a reference to the whispering genre of brain-tingling YouTube videos.
These videos are oddly and delightfully soothing and come with all different colors and shapes of soap.
Clearly there is a growing community behind these soap-cutting videos, judging from the thousands of views on these videos. It’s tough to say whether this is just a passing trend or a new staple of chill Content™.
Check out some more of these lulling, soap-cutting videos, feel the calm wash over you, and decide for yourself.