If you’ve bought yourself or received a handmade natural soap, there’s a reason to celebrate! It provides several benefits that soaps found in grocery stores just couldn’t offer. But if not used and stored properly, your new handmade soap wouldn’t last a long time.
The following are 5 useful tips to keep in mind so you can enjoy your homemade natural soap up to the very last bubble:
Tips for handmade natural soap storage
1. Handmade natural soaps must be stored in a covered container where air circulation is possible. Place the container in a cool and dry place. You can use shoe boxes for this. If you want to use plastic to store your homemade natural soap, just make it a point to add ventilation to the container. The important thing to remember here is that you should allow the handmade natural soap to breathe. Handmade natural soaps have high amounts of vegetable oils and natural glycerin. Because of this, storing in non-ventilated containers may result to a “weepy” or smelly soap bar. It’s also important to store handmade natural soap in an area that doesn’t get hit by direct sunlight because the natural colors might fade. The formulation of the soap plays a major role in the storage life of the handmade natural soap. In general, handmade soap bars should last anywhere from 6 to 12 months if stored properly.
2. If you have several handmade natural soaps to store, it’s recommended to store those with similar scents together. Lavender, mint, citrus, rosemary, eucalyptus, tea tree, fruit and floral are just some sample categories. These essential oils found in handmade soaps differ in dominance and tend to mellow as time passes at varying rates. For instance, storing a citrus (mild) scent with a peppermint (dominant) scent may lead to the citrus scent having a peppermint smell. This is because citrus scents have a tendency to mellow a lot quicker compared to other scents, even under the most optimal conditions.
3. Cut larger organic soap bars in half and use one half at a time. The half that’s not in use should be stored as mentioned above. You can even create a “buffet” of half-bar soaps so you can enjoy a different scent each day.
4. Use a slotted soap dish to allow the soap to dry between uses. You can find such soap dishes at your local department store and they come in different shapes, sizes and materials. A Google search will allow you to see soap dishes made from wood, ceramic and plastic. A suction cup soap saver is also another option. They are very affordable and can be used both at the sink and in the shower. You should practice caution when using wooden soap dishes in the shower. Only use them if there’s a high shelf which wouldn’t be hit directly by running water. There should also be enough ventilation to allow the soap to dry. Ceramic soap dishes aren’t recommended in the shower because it may fall and break.
5. A soap saver pouch is your friend. You simply have to place your handmade natural soap inside the pouch and pull the drawstring closed. From there, it’s all a matter of wetting the pouch and soap so you can lather up. Once you’re done, just hang the pouch so it can dry as well as the soap. Soap saver pouches are usually made of cotton yarn, plastic mesh or ramie. Aside from prolonging the life of your soap, the pouch also offers the added benefit of gently exfoliating your skin. You’ll definitely appreciate soap savers when using slivers of soap. You can gather the slivers together and place them inside the pouch so you can use them until they’re totally gone.
By keeping these storage and usage tips in mind, you can surely get the most out of your handmade natural soap!