03-29-2015, 12:02 PM
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  • HarryO
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How long does shaving soaps and creams remain usable? Can they go bad? Where and how is the best way to store them?
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 03-29-2015, 12:06 PM
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  • Johnny
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I've never had one go bad and I store all of mine at room temperature.  The ones not in my regular rotation are kept in a dark closet.

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 03-29-2015, 12:14 PM
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Of course, dry and dark.

I am curious myself how long a soap has been on and off use and kept its good qualities!

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 03-29-2015, 12:25 PM
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I think those with Tallow can go a bit dodgy after a while....apparently. I have never come across this myself and most threads I have read on this topic before have said just that. 

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 03-29-2015, 12:37 PM
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(03-29-2015, 12:25 PM)Windsor Citrus Wrote: I think those with Tallow can go a bit dodgy after a while....apparently. I have never come across this myself and most threads I have read on this topic before have said just that. 
Sorry new to wet shaving. When you say Tallow are your talking about an animal type of fat ingredient ?

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 03-29-2015, 12:47 PM
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Also another thing is to make sure they dry out properly after use to stop any mold issues.

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 03-29-2015, 01:06 PM
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(03-29-2015, 12:37 PM)HarryO Wrote:
(03-29-2015, 12:25 PM)Windsor Citrus Wrote: I think those with Tallow can go a bit dodgy after a while....apparently. I have never come across this myself and most threads I have read on this topic before have said just that. 
Sorry new to wet shaving. When you say Tallow are your talking about an animal type of fat ingredient ?

Exactly! Cattle tallow usually. It contains less stearic acid after saponification, meaning the foaming properties are less prominent, but it is IMO easy and  moisturizing on the skin. And offers good glide... Smile

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 03-29-2015, 01:16 PM
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My understanding is that creams usually last 4-6 years, in general and most soaps should last a couple of decades, conservatively speaking, if not longer, if properly stored in a cool & dark environment. Of course, there are always exceptions and it could be less time for each. 

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 03-29-2015, 03:15 PM
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(03-29-2015, 01:16 PM)celestino Wrote: My understanding is that creams usually last 4-6 years, in general and most soaps should last a couple of decades, conservatively speaking, if not longer, if properly stored in a cool & dark environment. Of course, there are always exceptions and it could be less time for each. 
Thats great to know. If not I would have to go back to shaving everyday just to finish my supply of soap.

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 03-29-2015, 03:26 PM
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For me, creams DO dry out.

I had a "soupy" jar of GFT. I think because it was shipped in hot weather. After five or six months in "the box in the basement" it was pretty much normal.

I had a partial jar of TH 1805 cream. After two years sitting idle, its now the consistency of a croap.

And I had a jar of Tabula Rasa that shrunk significantly, developed an unpleasant odor and had to be trashed.

I once received some p160 (the original). It went rancid and had to be tossed.

Soaps, however, seem to last a really long time. I've a couple pucks that I suspect date back to 1960. They've lost scent, but not the ability make a decent lather.

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 03-29-2015, 03:37 PM
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(03-29-2015, 03:26 PM)MaxP Wrote: For me, creams DO dry out.  

I had a "soupy" jar of GFT.  I think because it was shipped in hot weather.  After five or six months in "the box in the basement" it was pretty much normal.

I had a partial jar of TH 1805 cream.  After two years sitting idle, its now the consistency of a croap.

And I had a jar of Tabula Rasa that shrunk significantly, developed an unpleasant odor and had to be trashed.

I once received some p160 (the original).  It went rancid and had to be tossed.  

Soaps, however, seem to last a really long time.  I've a couple pucks that I suspect date back to 1960.  They've lost scent, but not the ability make a decent lather.
Thanks for your response. I just got a small jar of 3P pre and post shave. It looked like 1/3 of jar was gone and also had a terrible oder. However, the seller said he was going to send me a new jar. He said dessication  caused the product loss. A new one on me...

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 03-30-2015, 11:16 AM
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(03-29-2015, 12:06 PM)Johnny Wrote: I've never had one go bad and I store all of mine at room temperature.  The ones not in my regular rotation are kept in a dark closet.

^^^My experience too.

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