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How to Store Shaving Soap

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By: Adam Williams

While the shelf life of shaving soap can vary from months to years, proper storage can maximize its lifespan. This can be particularly important, especially if you regularly buy from luxury brands Acqua di Parma, Martin De Candre, and others.

While some shaving soaps come with a cup or dish, many do not. Even if your shaving soap does come with a dish, if possible, it might be worth investing in a separate one. This will allow you to avoid any potential build-up of bacteria. Additionally, it can add a touch of class to your shaving routine.

So today, we’ll share with you some tips on how to store your shaving soap to make it last as long as possible, along with some shaving soap storage options.

Related: We Review the Top Shaving Soap Brands

Drain Excess Water After Use

During the blooming process, it’s not uncommon for a substantial amount of water to be absorbed by the shaving soap. While this is normal, it can cause the soap to deteriorate quickly – shortening the overall lifespan if not dried properly.

You can dry your shaving soap a few different ways after each use. For example, you can simply leave your soap in the dish and set it in an area with good air circulation. This will allow the water to evaporate on its own. Once dry, place the lid back on the soap.

Another option is to use a soap saver. This small accessory elevates and allows your soap to dry quickly. Once dry, place your soap back in the dish.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Bathroom Towel Warmer

When storing your shaving soap, it’s important to avoid extreme temperatures. Soap is particularly susceptible to melting at high temperatures. While this may vary from one shaving soap to another, we found online that the melting point of soap can vary between 120F and 140F.

Conversely, freezing can cause the soap to become hard and difficult to use.

Ideally, it would help if you stored your shaving soap in a cool, dry place. A cabinet or drawer away from direct sunlight is usually a good bet.

Depending on the environment where you live that may experience sweltering hot summers or cold winters, be mindful of where you set the soap – such as on a window ledge in direct sunlight where temperature extremes can occur.

Also, be mindful of any radiators or towel warmers in your bathroom if the shaving soap is sitting on or near them.

Keep the Lid Tightly Closed

When you’re not using your shaving soap, keep the lid tightly closed. This will help to prevent the oils within the shaving soap from drying out, causing the soap to become crumbly or brittle. This may also help preserve the fragrance of the soap.

Additionally, keeping the lid closed will help to keep any potential dust or debris from getting into the soap.

Frequency of Use

Some men like to own several shaving soaps and rotate through them throughout the week, season, or year. Others prefer to find one that they like and stick with it – using the same soap day in and day out.

You should, nevertheless, take precautions to keep your soap in good condition when you aren’t using it. Even if you intend on utilizing the soap within the next few days, it’s still a good idea to follow the above tips.

Shaving Soap Storage Options

Shaving Soap Storage Options

There are a few different storage options that you can choose from depending on your needs.

Metal Containers

metal container

For those looking for a more traditional option, metal tins or cans make great storage containers for shaving soap. They’re durable, easy to clean, and can often be repurposed for other uses once your soap is gone.

Advantages

  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be repurposed

Disadvantages

  • Not as aesthetically pleasing
  • May not be airtight
  • Metal can rust

Glass Jars

Glass Jar

Another popular option is to store your shaving soap in a glass jar or even a mason jar. This is a great way to keep your soap fresh and free from any potential contaminants. However, there are some notable disadvantages.

Advantages

  • Airtight
  • Keeps soap fresh
  • Clear glass allows you to see how much soap is left
  • Can be repurposed

Disadvantages

  • Not as durable
  • Can be breakable, which can be pretty dangerous in a bathroom
  • Sunlight can cause the soap to deteriorate

Ceramic Mug or Bowl

Ceramic Mug or Bowl

A nicer alternative to a standard glass jar is a ceramic container. These often come in various colors and styles to match any bathroom decor. Additionally, they tend to be quite sturdy, making them less likely to break. When they do, they often shatter into larger pieces, which can be easier to clean up than smaller glass shards.

Advantages

  • Some nice luxury options are available
  • Comes in a variety of colors and styles
  • Can be repurposed
  • Sturdy

Disadvantages

  • Can be breakable
  • Likely not airtight

Open Soap Dish or Tray

soap tray

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, an open soap dish or tray is a great way to go. These are often made of ceramic, wood, plastic, or metal and can be found at most dollar stores. While they’re not the most aesthetically pleasing option, they get the job done and are quite affordable.

Unfortunately, lathering can be tricky, depending on the size and shape. Therefore, we recommend a separate lathering bowl, scuttle, or mug if you go this route.

Advantages

  • Affordable
  • Can be found at most stores
  • Open air allows for quick drying

Disadvantages

  • Not the most aesthetically pleasing
  • Lathering can be tricky

Plastic Container

plastic container

Many off-the-shelf shaving soaps such as Proraso, Stirling Soap Company, and more come in plastic containers. While these can be great for initial storage, we recommend transferring the soap to a different container once it’s open.

If reused, plastic containers may leech contaminants into the soap, which can be harmful to your skin.

Advantages

  • Nearly airtight
  • Keeps soap fresh
  • Can be repurposed

Disadvantages

  • Not as durable
  • Containers may leech contaminants into the soap over time

Shaving Soap Container Considerations

Aside from the primary considerations of durability and how well it keeps an airtight seal, there are a few other factors to keep in mind when choosing a shaving soap container.

  • Size: Make sure to choose a large container to accommodate the size of your shaving soap along with your shaving brush.
  • Ease of Use: Consider how easy it will be to use the container. If you’re planning on using a shaving bowl or scuttle, make sure the container is easy to lather in.
  • Aesthetics: If you’re particular about your bathroom décor, you may want to choose a container that matches. Luckily, plenty of options are available in various colors and styles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you leave shaving soap in a mug?

So long as the soap has had time to dry between uses, there is no need to remove it from the mug. Many shaving enthusiasts prefer to lather directly in their shaving mug or bowl with the preferred shaving brush.

How long can you keep shaving soap?

The shelf life of a shaving soap will vary depending on the ingredients used and how it’s stored. Generally speaking, well-made shaving soap can last 1-2 years when stored properly.

How do you dry shaving soap?

When not in use, it’s important to allow your shaving soap to dry completely. This will help extend its shelf life and prevent mold or bacteria from growing. One way to do this is to leave the soap in its mug or bowl and allow it to air dry. Another option is to remove the soap and place it on a drying rack or towel.

Adam Williams

As the lead editor of Tools of Men, Adam loves men's grooming products. Particularly of interest is managing facial hair and perfecting the art of the modern man's skincare routine. His work has been featured or quoted in several publications, including New York Magazine, Vice, Sharpologist, MIC, Elite Daily, and more.

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