Caring for Your Soaps
Store soaps not in use in a covered container.
Soaps not in use should be stored in a covered container that allows air circulation, and in a cool, dry location. Shoe boxes work well for this. If you prefer to store your soaps in plastic, be sure to add ventilation to the container to allow the soaps to breathe. Non-ventilated storage may result in a rancid soap bar. Keep your stored soaps out of direct sunlight, as natural ingredient colors may fade. Storage life will vary, depending upon the formulation of the soap. If stored properly, our handcrafted soap should last from 6 to 12 months.
Store similar scents together.
It’s best to store similar scents together. Sample categories include: lavender, citrus, mint, eucalyptus, fruit and floral. The essential oils in handcrafted soaps vary in dominance and mellow over time at different rates. Storing a peppermint (dominant) scent with a citrus (mild) scent may result in the citrus scent taking on a peppermint aroma.
Use a soap dish that offers drainage (e.g. slotted) so the soap can dry between uses.
Use a soap dish that offers drainage (slotted) so the soap can dry between use. Slotted soap dishes come in many different sizes, shapes and materials such as wooden, ceramic and plastic. Wooden soap dishes can be used in the shower, if there is a high shelf available out of direct contact with water. Ideally, there should be adequate ventilation to allow drying between uses.
Another option is to use a soap saver pouch. Place your bar of soap in the pouch and pull the drawstring closed. Wet the soap and pouch and lather up. When not in use, hang up the pouch with the soap inside, to allow the pouch and soap to dry between uses. Soap saver pouches come in different materials, such as cotton yarn, ramie and plastic mesh. Lengthening the life of your soap, a soap saver pouch will add a gentle exfoliating scrub.