05-29-2012, 04:54 PM
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I should know this by now but I don't want to assume...

Shave Soap:How long can it be stored and still function optimally ? Does it depend upon what the soap's base is ? Or do they all hold up about the same ?

DE Blades:Not the vintage type,but today's modern stainless steel blades.As long as they're stored in a place not loaded with humidity are they ageless ?

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 05-29-2012, 05:12 PM
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  • Dave
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RazorX, I have a few packs of classic wilkies and a few packs of Schick Super Plats that are at least 40 years old or so ( I think) and I use them all the time. I do check each one of them for rust, etc and I give them an alcohol bath beforehand but they're great.

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 05-29-2012, 06:24 PM
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  • Crag
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I got a Yardley Shave Soap (Green Label) that was popular decades ago from my Uncles drawer (after he passed away)that besides being cracked from time works very well. It's a tallow based soap, and while I know that some do rot, believe that if they are kept in a cool dry place will keep for a long time.

Mine looked just like this one from Yahoo Search.

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 05-29-2012, 07:18 PM
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(05-29-2012, 04:54 PM)razorx Wrote: I should know this by now but I don't want to assume...

Shave Soap:How long can it be stored and still function optimally ? Does it depend upon what the soap's base is ? Or do they all hold up about the same ?

DE Blades:Not the vintage type,but today's modern stainless steel blades.As long as they're stored in a place not loaded with humidity are they ageless ?

(05-29-2012, 05:12 PM)Dave Wrote: RazorX, I have a few packs of classic wilkies and a few packs of Schick Super Plats that are at least 40 years old or so ( I think) and I use them all the time. I do check each one of them for rust, etc and I give them an alcohol bath beforehand but they're great.

(05-29-2012, 06:24 PM)Crag Wrote: I got a Yardley Shave Soap (Green Label) that was popular decades ago from my Uncles drawer (after he passed away)that besides being cracked from time works very well. It's a tallow based soap, and while I know that some do rot, believe that if they are kept in a cool dry place will keep for a long time.

Mine looked just like this one from Yahoo Search.

Thanks Dave and Crag...

Preparations continue for the shavepocalypse,must find a place to hide my stores of shave soap & blades from the cartridge police.Cool

Seriously,any more info anyone has on this is appreciated....

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 05-29-2012, 07:40 PM
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Michelle at Mystic Water Soaps informed me that most pucks should last decades if kept in a cool, dark place. Just look at some of the old Williams pucks. Biggrin

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 05-29-2012, 07:41 PM
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Soft Italian soaps supposedly can go bad, but the info I have is to keep them in a cool dark place and they last a very long time.

Other creams might dry out after opening. Unopened they should last a very long time, especially if they're tube creams.

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 05-29-2012, 08:43 PM
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  • jfmii
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How should the 1000kg bricks of Cella and Vitos shave soaps be stored? I purchased samples of Vitos red and green label shave soap a few months ago and they seem to be drying out.

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 05-29-2012, 09:18 PM
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  • tgutc
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This is something I've been concerned about lately because I've been wet shaving for about 3 years and I'm worried the creams and croaps I have from when I started will start going bad. I've been making an effort to use those ones up and hold off on buying creams for a while untill I catch up.

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 05-30-2012, 12:49 AM
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(05-29-2012, 08:43 PM)jfmii Wrote: How should the 1000kg bricks of Cella and Vitos shave soaps be stored?

Divide it into small blocks (50-100g) and store them in the freezer.

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 05-30-2012, 04:39 AM
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  • ben74
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(05-30-2012, 12:49 AM)infabo Wrote:
(05-29-2012, 08:43 PM)jfmii Wrote: How should the 1000kg bricks of Cella and Vitos shave soaps be stored?

Divide it into small blocks (50-100g) and store them in the freezer.

I second that advice. Little clip seal bags work well for this.

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 05-30-2012, 07:25 AM
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Freezing may affect the soft Italian soaps. According to Joe, they only need to be kept cool and dark. Cool is cool to us, not subzero. Basically if you'd be comfortable there so will the soap. I guild the lily a bit and keep mine in the beer refrigerator in the shop, but that's not necessary.

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 05-30-2012, 07:41 AM
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(05-30-2012, 07:25 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Freezing may affect the soft Italian soaps. According to Joe, they only need to be kept cool and dark. Cool is cool to us, not subzero. Basically if you'd be comfortable there so will the soap. I guild the lily a bit and keep mine in the beer refrigerator in the shop, but that's not necessary.

What a great idea keeping the soap with the beer. It makes me thirsty thinking about it.

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 05-31-2012, 09:01 AM
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  • mandoman
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shaving soaps will last years the sent might fade away but the soap it self will last a very long time. i bought a puck of classic williams off the bay i would say its about 50 years or so.point is it still lathers up very well.

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 05-31-2012, 12:34 PM
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(05-29-2012, 04:54 PM)razorx Wrote: I should know this by now but I don't want to assume...

Shave Soap:How long can it be stored and still function optimally ? Does it depend upon what the soap's base is ? Or do they all hold up about the same ?

DE Blades:Not the vintage type,but today's modern stainless steel blades.As long as they're stored in a place not loaded with humidity are they ageless ?

They're probably good as long as they dobt look bad or smell bad. I've used numerous products with "24M" or "12M" or "36M" after the suggested time frames and they were as good as new. Now, if these things were stored in a place not climate controlled they may deteriorate.

Common sense prevails. There weren't expiration dates on things before about 30 years ago.

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