Shelf life for handmade soap depends a lot on the oils used and how it’s stored.
The best way to store homemade soap is keep it in a cool, dry area with good air
circulation around every bar of soap, and where it stays out of direct sunlight an
away from heat sources.Like a fine wine or cheese, soap that is stored in a cool,
dark place gets better with the time.
Tips and Tricks
Use a soap dish with holes. A soap dish is an ultimate way to save the life of your soap. …
Rinse the surface of your soap before use and after use.
Choose a high-up shelf or leave your soap behind the shower curtain.
The golden rule is to let your soap dry between uses.
We say – Curing for the process of allowing homemade soap to dry out and harden for a certain amount of time before it’s ready to use. The purpose of curing is to evaporate slowly any excess water in the soap, making it last longer and have a better lather. It is essential for the homemade soap quality.Time of curing process can vary, but in general requires around 4-6 weeks for a cold-process soap – before it’s ready to use.The curing process involves setting aside the new unmolded/sliced soaps in an area with good air circulation and low humidity for several weeks before using them. During this time soap bars will be turned every few days; and carefully checked for any discoloration or mold.During the period – the excess water content in the soap will evaporate, making it harder and longer-lasting, with enhanced cleansing properties. Freshly made soaps may contain excess lye that can irritate the skin, or cause problems including burns. During curing, saponification (the chemical process that turns oil into soap) continues to occur as any remaining oils are fully converted into soap molecules.The finished product will lather better and clean more effectively. And it’s completely safe.
ur soaps require 45 days of curing (sometimes more, depending on the recipe) in order to be ready and safe to use. During this period, they are placed in special cabinets with barred shelves, in conditions of controlled temperature and constant ventilation.
HANDMADE SOAP TEND TO MELT OR GET SOFTER FASTER
WHY IS THAT?
HANDMADE SOAP BARS ARE MADE IN THE OLD KNOWN WAY – BY A PROCESS OF SAPONIFICATION BETWEEN TWO SUBSTANCES:
OIL/BUTTER AND LYE
AS A RESULT – YOU GOT SOAP WITH GLYCERIN
Homemade soap bars are very different, and higher in glycerin content than most commercial soap bars available on the market.
Most commercial soaps are made from surfactants & detergents/combined/, and have less glycerin intentionally – so that they do not sweat nor shrink with the time, and get a longer shelf life. All these facts are of course economically reasonable.
Glycerin is a humectant well known for its ability to attract and lock moisture into the skin – softening, smoothing, and soothing the skin. But because of this particular property of glycerin, when it is in a handmade soap, it has the tendency to soak up water surrounding it.
So if your shower or bath room is steamy and warm, handmade soap will just absorb all this moisture and get softer. Also, if you leave it in a puddle of water, it will soak it all up into the soap – making it mushy and soft.
Tips & Tricks:
If you notice your soaps are getting mushy or melting too fast, keep them in a dry, airy place so that they can dry out in between use.
Alternatively you may try keeping your bath soap in one of these sisal bags