It’s important to keep Natural and handmade soaps stored in a cool, dry space away from and moisture, direct heat or sunlight.
Storing your Soap
After your purchase of handmade soap it should be stored in a container that will allow the soap to breath, handmade soaps retain the natural glycerin which may cause the soap to sweat if it is stored in a sealed container. With proper storage your soap will last a long time.
I use cardboard boxes that have air vents in them, but you can use anything that will allow the soap to breath. Even placing them in a tub and covering with paper towel.
If you have just made soap and are setting it out to cure – be sure to cure it for at least 4 weeks before packaging. As soap cures it needs to breath and will shrink, if you were to label it before it is properly cured the labels will be to big by the time it cures.
I always store soaps with different scents separate from each other because some scents can end up taking on the scent of something that is next to it so best to keep them apart.
Once you have started using your bar of soap
Handmade soap should be left to dry between uses and set in a soap dish that will allow the water to run off. If you soap were to sit in a pool of water it would soften the bar.
When using your soaps a soap dish that will allow drainage will benefit your soap. If you don’t have a dish, you can also place the soap on a folded up dry facecloth. The facecloth will absorb any of the extra moisture allowing the soap to dry and breath.
Depending on what ingredients are in your soap, some oils will melt away faster than others, but if the soap is placed in a dish where the water can drain away from it and keep it dry between uses it will last much longer.
The older the bar is the harder it will be as well. Typically soap should cure between 4 and 6 weeks, if you were to use a two week old bar, it would probably not last very long.
The biggest thing is to keep your bars of soap from sitting in a pool of water.
Here are some soap dishes that will help to keep your bars lasting longer:
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