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How to make your handmade soap "last" long in the shower

Melanie Ramos

Okay. So, I assume that you have tried handmade soaps. And that you have noticed that it did not last long in your shower. In fact, you might have also discovered that your handmade soap became slimy after just one use. 

So, here's the thing: handmade soaps are different than other commercially produced ones. You know, those laden with ingredients I can't pronounce (but if you are quite prolific in scientific and chemical names, good for you). Usually, handmade and homemade soaps are made with oils, butters, animal fats, water, caustic soda (lye) and additives like oats, silk, colorants, fragrances, extracts, etc. Rarely have I seen handmade soaps that contain chemical ingredients for preservatives, hardening and lathering.

I remember that first time I used a homemade soap. It didn't even last a week! I, then, had to Google about how to make my own handmade soaps last "longer" after each use.

1. Your natural soaps require a place to dry out between uses. Store your soap in a cool, well-ventilated area and away from direct sunlight, heat, humidity, and excess moisture.

2. Do not allow your soap to sit in a dish or container that allows water to pool in the bottom. Use a soap dish that has slotted bottom to drain water after each use. The soap's natural glycerin attracts water and if left in standing water, the soap will break down quickly. 

3. When storing unused soaps, store similar scents together.

4. Your soap storage should be well-ventilated to avoid soap "weeping" or "sweating". You can use dehumidifiers or silica gel packets to prevent sweating. Shoe boxes with silica gel packets are good storage place for unused soap bars.

Our natural soap's shelf life is 1 to 2 years. However, if storage is not done properly, the soaps can have "odd" smell. 

 

Here are some articles for further reading:

https://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/make-soap-last-longer-shower/

http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2014/10/8-tips-for-stretching-a-bar-of-soap/

http://it-takes-time.com/2014/08/17/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-natural-soap/

I make handmade soaps that are toxic-free, natural, palm-free and vegan. Check out our handmade soaps here.


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