01-20-2017, 06:59 PM
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After I shave, I rinse out my soaps under running water.  I then shake out the excess water, and leave them uncovered to dry for about 30 - 60 minutes.  I do this because it just seems to me that putting the top on a wet soap is somehow bad.  However, I can't really point out why this is a legitimate concern.  Is there any reason why one should not put the top on a wet soap?  Do you let your soaps dry before putting the top on, for how long, and why?

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 01-20-2017, 07:08 PM
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I rinse them and tilt them to drip. I leave them in my shower stall tipped face down on their side. 

Every evening, or in the morning, if I'm using a different soap I swap them out and put the lid on the one I'm not using.

Don't want them to get slimy. I hate soupy mushy soap. 

Also I think the lid helps keep them from getting too dry and cracking if I don't use them all the time.

Not all of my soaps have a lid though.

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 01-20-2017, 07:09 PM
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Yes, always

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 01-20-2017, 07:16 PM
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I use a damp brush to load so the soap is relatively dry.  After loading the brush I leave the lid off for the duration of the shave and close it after I'm done.

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 01-20-2017, 07:29 PM
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Always.

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 01-20-2017, 07:42 PM
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Yup all the time. I shave at night and leave the soap without a cover until the next morning, or even afternoon.

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 01-20-2017, 07:55 PM
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(01-20-2017, 07:16 PM)CanuckShaver Wrote: I use a damp brush to load so the soap is relatively dry.  After loading the brush I leave the lid off for the duration of the shave and close it after I'm done.

+1

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 01-20-2017, 08:05 PM
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I let them dry with open lid for 1-2 days.
When I still cared about scents in shaving soaps and creams, I still did this, better to avoid mould, than keep the scent strong and grow mould inside and under the soap  Wink

Now that I'm probably going to make the move to scentfree soaps/creams, I will continue to let them dry out for at least 3-4 days on my shelf in the guest room.

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 01-20-2017, 08:08 PM
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(01-20-2017, 06:59 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: After I shave, I rinse out my soaps under running water. 

Running water?  Really?  Why?

(01-20-2017, 06:59 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I then shake out the excess water, and leave them uncovered to dry for about 30 - 60 minutes.  I do this because it just seems to me that putting the top on a wet soap is somehow bad.  However, I can't really point out why this is a legitimate concern.  Is there any reason why one should not put the top on a wet soap?  Do you let your soaps dry before putting the top on, for how long, and why?

Aesthetic matters aside (how many people, other than you, look closely at the surface of your shaving soaps?), there is no reason to rinse out the soap and to let it dry before putting the lid on the container.

Unless you are among those who think that fast consumption of your soap stash is a good thing, so that you are compelled to buy more soaps.

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 01-20-2017, 08:32 PM
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I allow soaps to air dry for at least 24h before placing lid on.

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 01-20-2017, 08:45 PM
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(01-20-2017, 06:59 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: After I shave, I rinse out my soaps under running water.  I then shake out the excess water, and leave them uncovered to dry for about 30 - 60 minutes.  I do this because it just seems to me that putting the top on a wet soap is somehow bad.  However, I can't really point out why this is a legitimate concern.  Is there any reason why one should not put the top on a wet soap?  Do you let your soaps dry before putting the top on, for how long, and why?

I do what you do for soaps that I don't use daily. After 30 mins or before I leave for work if the soap is hard enough I will overturned it and let any excess water drip away. For softer soap I don't do this obviously.

For those I use often I will just let it dry abit and cap it.

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 01-20-2017, 08:54 PM
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(01-20-2017, 08:32 PM)Agravic Wrote: I allow soaps to air dry for at least 24h before placing lid on.

And I don't 'bloom' soaps prior to use; in my opinion this is a silly concept.

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 01-20-2017, 09:46 PM
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I bloom my soap (I find it I prefer to have my soap bloom for loading), so I will overturn my tub and let one edge sit on the cap so I get a elevation on my tub to let the soap have some air and let the water to flow down to one side.

Generally I close my tub once I feel that it is dry, no specific time.

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 01-20-2017, 09:51 PM
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I have always put the lid on my soaps right after I finish shaving. I have never had any issues with my soaps as they seem to dry quite well in this manner. Shy

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 01-20-2017, 10:16 PM
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(01-20-2017, 09:51 PM)celestino Wrote: I have always put the lid on my soaps right after I finish shaving. I have never had any issues with my soaps as they seem to dry quite well in this manner. Shy

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 01-21-2017, 04:01 AM
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For having often discussed it with cyril LPL, it advises not to close a wet soap because although it is by nature antibacterial, it will soften and lasts less.

After shaving, I let my soap open to dry for an hour and then to the place for a day.

Cyril even advocates leaving his soaps continually open and not closing them again.

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 01-21-2017, 04:06 AM
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(01-20-2017, 08:54 PM)Agravic Wrote:
(01-20-2017, 08:32 PM)Agravic Wrote: I allow soaps to air dry for at least 24h before placing lid on.

And I don't 'bloom' soaps prior to use; in my opinion this is a silly concept.


I would say YMMV Ravi . This technique has helped me now get better and quality shaves with atleast 2 soaps MW & MWF. I bloom only these 2 soaps btw. These 2 are imo difficult soaps for many to lather.



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 01-21-2017, 04:11 AM
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(01-20-2017, 09:51 PM)celestino Wrote: I have always put the lid on my soaps right after I finish shaving. I have never had any issues with my soaps as they seem to dry quite well in this manner. Shy


+1.

I do my shaves in the morning before going to office and mornings are always like running against the time for me.So no time for me to leave the lid open for an hour and then put it back.

I have been wet shaving for 10 months now but guess it's long enough to have noted any degradation in the quality or performance of my soaps..



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 01-21-2017, 04:35 AM
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SMN and ABC seem to lather better when left open.

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 01-21-2017, 04:52 AM
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I never rinse my soaps under running water. Having shaved, I wipe any small amount of remaining protolather from the soap surface using tissue. Already fairly dry, I then leave the soap uncovered for a further hour.

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