Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tips for Keeping and Storing Soaps for Holiday Gifts

Buying handmade soap for the holidays? I probably haven’t shared this for awhile, but there are a couple of things to know about handmade soap and how to store it for future gifting. 

The bars are constantly “curing” meaning they are continuing to harden and evaporate moisture as they age. This is good, because it means that your bar will last longer if it has aged a bit more. But it also means that the bar may shrink a bit in size.  

More importantly, they should never be stored in something that is airtight – like a ziplock plastic bag. If moisture is accumulated in the bag or tight space, it may cause the soap to transform – changing the scent, creating spots, causing any of the fresh ingredients to “turn” or make the oils go rancid. You will notice this as an “off” smell or the bar itself will be oily or oozing. At that point, it’s still usable and not harmful, but it won’t be pleasant smelling either. 

Since my bars have so many fresh ingredients and extra emollient oils, the best rule of thumb is to give it and use it within a 6-month window. Many will last a year, but to be safe, go fresh. And tuck it into a drawer or linen closet shelf while it waits – that way you get nicely scented linens (or undies!) as a bonus. Nothing too warm, no direct heat or light, just a bit of air and quiet resting time.

If you ever have questions or concerns about the products, please don't hesitate to contact us! And our new-ish FAQ page has all kinds of answers to a pretty awesome list of questions too.