07-25-2018, 09:51 PM
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Do soaps, creams and aftershaves deteriorate over time? I only have 1 cream (TOBS lavender) and 1 soap (Pre De Provence 63) and am tempted to buy 2-4 more for variety. The thing is, the TOBS and PDP 63 will last me another 15 months or so. I also need aftershave balm. So, wondering if I buy more, they will all deteriorate over time before I use them. I know a lot of people here have a lot of product. So, please share your thoughts and experience.

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 07-25-2018, 11:09 PM
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Some people have soaps from before the 50s that are still good. Just keep them in a cool dry space, and make sure the PdP is dry before putting the lid on. I have a TOBS Sandalwood that's more than 5 years old that's still good. Go to town!!!
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 07-26-2018, 04:42 AM
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+1 to vigilantesd.  soaps do not go bad.  You may lose some scent by leaving it uncovered for long periods of time, but that is all.  Creams can dry out if not secured properly, but that is a consistency issue.  With the higher water content, they also have a risk of bacterial contamination which is why they have preservatives in them.

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 07-26-2018, 05:58 AM
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I find that ToOBS doesn't hold up very well in the heat of summer, so it's best kept in a cool dry place when not in use.  Otherwise it can get quite runny.

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 07-27-2018, 04:47 PM
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Both soaps and creams can go bad over time, but it is much more likely for creams to do so because of the higher water content. 

Let your soaps air dry before covering. Use your creams up within a couple of years, if possible, especially creams that come in a tub.

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 07-27-2018, 08:24 PM
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Thanks everyone. Any thoughts about aftershave?

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 07-27-2018, 08:40 PM
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(07-27-2018, 08:24 PM)meshave Wrote: Thanks everyone. Any thoughts about aftershave?


Prevent them from direct sunlight. If you keep them in a dark & cool place they should be ok.


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 07-28-2018, 05:16 AM
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Artisan soaps are somewhat susceptible to going rancid because they typically have a teeny bit of unsaponified oil in them. It's something of a double-edged sword, as it's also part of the reason they tend to work so well. That said, when treated well (i.e., kept cool and allowed to dry after use), they can last for years.

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