03-19-2016, 12:18 PM
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  • Harvey
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I have often wondered if it is best or recommended to let your soaps dry out before you replace the tops of the container they are stored in....probably is no big deal but maybe there is a chemist or " expert " who actually knows about this...i know with bath soaps we just leave them in the dish but shave soaps are a lot more expensive and they are usually covered....so please advise me on this subject. Thanks in advance..Harvey Huh

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 03-19-2016, 12:27 PM
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  • racebmx
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I think that is best practice.  I first rinse off the excess from loading, then leave it draining upside down while shaving.  After clean up, I'll let it sit overnight and put the lid back on in the morning.  

I am not saying it's "healthier" for the soap per se, but it's certainly cleaner and all of my soaps look great even after tons of shaves.

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 03-19-2016, 12:33 PM
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  • carvelo
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French soaps like MdC and LPL benefit from this practice. Also, I experienced that if you leave a Catie's Bubble soap too wet, covered, it can turn into a goo. At least the surface.

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 03-19-2016, 12:35 PM
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  • evnpar
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Martin De Candre recommends leaving their soaps uncovered all of the time. After shaving, I leave my soaps uncovered while I'm away at work, then cover them and put them away that evening. However, I have some hard soaps that are in uncovered lather bowls and they do just fine. Our covered containers aren't airtight anyway. All of my vintage soaps are covered in a cling wrap and are also in airtight glass containers.

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 03-19-2016, 01:52 PM
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Fully or partially uncovered; fully covered some hours later.

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 03-19-2016, 02:55 PM
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(03-19-2016, 12:35 PM)evnpar Wrote: Martin De Candre recommends leaving their soaps uncovered all of the time. After shaving, I leave my soaps uncovered while I'm away at work, then cover them and put them away that evening. However, I have some hard soaps that are in uncovered lather bowls and they do just fine. Our covered containers aren't airtight anyway. All of my vintage soaps are covered in a cling wrap and are also in airtight glass containers

This.  Listen to Richard.  He knows his stuff.

When in doubt, leave soaps open to air and cover creams.

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 03-19-2016, 03:10 PM
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  • kav
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I do not understand why people rinse away unused lather. I gently squeeze my brush back into the tub and let it dry out. If there is a loose fit this quickly fuses puck and container after drying and no one is the wiser some of the soap has sortied before. If you have an expensive, discontinued or
just plain good soap why waste any?

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 03-19-2016, 03:48 PM
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(03-19-2016, 03:10 PM)kav Wrote: I do not understand why people rinse away unused lather. I gently squeeze my brush back into the tub and let it dry out. If there is a loose fit this quickly fuses puck and container after drying and no one is the wiser some of the soap has sortied before. If you have an expensive, discontinued or
just plain good soap why waste any?

O.C.D. reasons  Hello

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 03-19-2016, 04:25 PM
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  • evnpar
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(03-19-2016, 03:48 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(03-19-2016, 03:10 PM)kav Wrote: I do not understand why people rinse away unused lather. I gently squeeze my brush back into the tub and let it dry out. If there is a loose fit this quickly fuses puck and container after drying and no one is the wiser some of the soap has sortied before. If you have an expensive, discontinued or
just plain good soap why waste any?

O.C.D. reasons  Hello

Facepalm

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 03-19-2016, 04:42 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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(03-19-2016, 03:10 PM)kav Wrote: I do not understand why people rinse away unused lather. I gently squeeze my brush back into the tub and let it dry out. If there is a loose fit this quickly fuses puck and container after drying and no one is the wiser some of the soap has sortied before. If you have an expensive, discontinued or
just plain good soap why waste any?
I do that too. It's a great way to extend the life of a good pick of soap.

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 03-19-2016, 05:19 PM
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In my experience, excess water can decrease shelf life.  Covering them can preserve scent, but I say let them dry before you cover them.

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 03-19-2016, 05:21 PM
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Clause, I realize you have enough soap to sculpt another LITTLE MERMAID.  But a true OCD would hate wasting anything. One of my favorite TV shows-before I shot the TV was MONK. There are some great therapies in several episodes.

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 03-19-2016, 05:21 PM
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  • naiyor
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I give them a quick rinse, shake off any water and pop the top on. Ymmv Biggrin

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 03-19-2016, 05:40 PM
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I rinse the puck after loading my brush, then let it dry while I build my lather and shave. After 10-15 minutes, it's dry enough for me and I cap it and put it away.

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 03-19-2016, 08:47 PM
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Harvey, you could always use shave-sticks to avoid this issue. That is all I use and I don't even contemplate this problem. Biggrin

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 03-19-2016, 08:53 PM
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  • ben74
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Best practice is to allow hard soap to dry. Uncovered the scent will diminish, but the soap shouldn't spoil.

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 03-20-2016, 06:31 AM
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I usually clean mine off (water, light towel dab) then let is sit uncovered for an hour or so (also turn my Scuttle upside down on the towel).  Seems to work fine.

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 03-20-2016, 06:54 AM
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(03-19-2016, 12:27 PM)racebmx Wrote: I think that is best practice.  I first rinse off the excess from loading, then leave it draining upside down while shaving.  After clean up, I'll let it sit overnight and put the lid back on in the morning.  

I am not saying it's "healthier" for the soap per se, but it's certainly cleaner and all of my soaps look great even after tons of shaves.

I'm no expert, but this is my practice and it has served me well..

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 03-20-2016, 07:30 AM
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(03-19-2016, 12:27 PM)racebmx Wrote: I think that is best practice.  I first rinse off the excess from loading, then leave it draining upside down while shaving.  After clean up, I'll let it sit overnight and put the lid back on in the morning.  

I am not saying it's "healthier" for the soap per se, but it's certainly cleaner and all of my soaps look great even after tons of shaves.

+1 my exact practice as well. Hated seeing old suds crusting around the rim of the tub.

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 03-20-2016, 12:07 PM
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  • Mouser
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If it's in a bowl with a loose top, like MWF or the wooden bowls of C&E  or DR Harris it doesn't matter but if it's a screw top like PdP I leave it open a day or so.

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