Do Soaps Expire?

Do Soaps Expire? - Cascadia Skincare

Do Soaps Expire? Do they have a shelf llife?

The short answer is that it depends... on the botanicals infused, as well as the fragrance or essential oils used in the soap. It also hinges on what we mean by "expired"! πŸ˜„ To simplify things, let's consider "shelf life" as the period when the soap is at its finest – providing you with the best experience within approximately 2 years. This way you can enjoy o enjoy all the luxurious properties our goat milk or herbal infused vegan soaps deliver at optimal level.Β 

When stored properly, soaps don't really go bad; they remain usable beyond their shelf life (they may even become really, really hard, potentially lasting even longer for that reason). However, you'll notice their scent slowly dissipating over time, given that our soaps are scented with essential oils that evaporate slowly, unlike fragrances, which tend to last longer. Some botanicals in soaps might also undergo color changes due to oxidation and sun exposure.

So, how can you ensure they retain their lusciousness and last longer?Β 

Keep it Cool and Dry: Soap, like a fine wine, prefers a cool and dry environment. If not being used right away, put the soaps away from areas with high humidity. Opt for a well-ventilated spot, away from direct sunlight, to maintain its integrity. Many of our customers out their favorite soaps in closets and dressers to spread the wonderful scents to their garments :)Β 

Air Flow is Your Friend: Let your soaps breathe! Avoid airtight containers, as they can trap moisture and compromise the quality of your bars. Instead, opt for a soap dish with drainage holes or a wire rack to allow for adequate airflow around the soap. Contrary to some believes, soaps wrapped in plastic filmes are not really the best way to protect the soaps!

Herbal Infusions Need TLC: Herbal-infused soaps are like a garden in a bar – delicate and full of natural goodness. To preserve their herbal magic, store them in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. This helps prevent the herbs from losing their potency and keeps your soap smelling fresh and earthy.

Give Goat Milk Soaps Some Love: Goat milk soaps are a creamy dream for your skin, thanks to their nourishing properties. To maintain their luxurious texture, store them in a cool, dry place and avoid prolonged exposure to heat. A linen or cotton pouch can provide an extra layer of protection while allowing for airflow.Β 

Remember, proper storage not only preserves the quality of your soaps but also enhances your overall bathing experience. So, give your beloved bars the VIP treatment they deserve, and they'll reward you with endless bubbles and blissful showers. Happy sudsing! πŸ›


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