I decided a few years back to switch to the more eco friendly shaving soap bar and I remember doing a lot of research, mainly about which natural ingredients to look out for but I also wanted to understand how long shaving soap lasts as I’d heard this was one of the key benefits.
A regular sized shaving soap bar will last between 6 and 12 months if used daily. There are however many factors that affect a soap’s lifespan such as soap size, the soap’s formulation, how often you shave, how you use the soap and how you store the shaving soap.
Even though I’d done a good lot of research it was only after I switched that I started to pick up little tips about how to shave properly with shaving soap and also how to improve its lifespan.
In this article, I share all the tips I’ve learnt through investigation and by actually experiencing the products I’ve used.
What Is Shaving Soap?
Shaving soap is the cornerstone of the wet shaving experience.
It’s a dense, concentrated soap specifically formulated to create a luxurious lather, which provides a protective and lubricating cushion for your razor.
In contrast to shaving creams, shaving soap typically comes in solid form.
In my experience, the rich lather it produces is a testament to its quality and how ell it works.
What Affects How Long Shaving Soap Lasts
So before we get into the details of how long shaving soap bars last let me explain what things are most likely to affect how long your soap will last.
I’ve learned that a big factor in how long your shaving soap lasts largely depends on its formulation.
High-quality shaving soaps, often triple-milled or crafted by artisans, tend to last longer due to their dense composition.
As a general rule, I opt for soaps with top-notch ingredients.
They might seem a little more expensive but you’ll notice the difference in both performance and how long they last.
Frequency of Use
Okay I know, this one is obvious!
As someone who shaves daily, I go through my shaving soap quicker than someone who doesn’t.
The occasional shavers out there, on the other hand, can make a single puck last much longer.
This one you may not know.
The way that you lather your shaving soap can play a significant role in its lifespan.
I’ve found that using the right water-to-soap ratio and employing effective lathering techniques can make your soap go the extra mile.
Use too much water and you’ll find your soap reduces much quicker.
Storage and Care
As with any soap bar, shaving soap needs to be stored correctly when not in use.
To maintain and even extend the life of your shaving soap, it’s crucial to store it correctly.
You must keep your shaving soap dry, ideally in a well-ventilated area to prevent it from disappearing before your eyes.
Top Tip: Using a soap dish or container can prevent wastage.
Extending the Life of Your Shaving Soap
Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learnt to try to increase the time my shaving soaps last.
Before I start lathering, I’ve found that a good pre-shave routine makes a world of difference.
Softening your beard with a hot towel or a pre-shave oil can help you use less soap during your shave.
Loading your brush correctly ensures you don’t overuse soap.
Using just the right amount of water on the soap surface helps to keep the rich lather on the soap bar itself rather than spilling down the sides.
This ensures that as little lather as possible is wasted.
Ready for the best tip so far?
This one I learned from a barber friend of mine.
He said that rushing through the shaving process or using too much pressure can lead to excessive soap consumption.
Patience and a gentle hand are key.
When to Replace Your Shaving Soap
Over time, you may notice changes in your shaving soap that signal it’s time for a replacement.
A soap that has lost its scent, developed an off-putting odour, or has become brittle and crumbly is past its useful life.
These are clear signs that indicate the soap’s essential oils and moisture have evaporated or degraded.
Time to dispose of it.
How to Dispose of Shaving Soap Responsibly
Disposing of old or expired shaving soap is a matter of environmental responsibility.
What I quickly realised is that the first step of responsible disposal starts when you buy the product.
I’ve found that many shaving soaps are now biodegradable so if you buy these products from the start you’ll find disposing of them a breeze and you can often recycle the container or dispose of it safely in your local waste management system.
If in any doubt about the ingredients or packaging of your shaving soap bar, contact the manufacturer for recommendations, most companies now provide this information publically.
How to Store Shaving Soap
As mentioned earlier how you store your shaving soap directly impacts how long it will last.
Here are my tips for storing shaving soap bars.
1. Ideal Storage Conditions
To preserve your shaving soap, store it in a cool, dry place.
A dedicated soap dish or container with proper ventilation will help maintain its consistency and aroma.
Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or excessive humidity, as these can compromise the soap’s quality.
2. Soap Dishes and Containers
I’ve invested in a good-quality soap dish or container to protect my shaving soap.
These come in various materials, like wood, ceramic, or stainless steel, and can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing additions to your grooming setup.
3. Avoiding Common Storage Mistakes
A common mistake I’ve learned to avoid is tightly sealing the soap container after each use.
Allowing some airflow helps the soap dry and prevents it from turning mushy or deteriorating prematurely.
How Soap Size Affects Longevity
It seems obvious, doesn’t it?
The size of your shaving soap is clearly a significant factor in determining how long it will last.
Larger soap pucks or containers naturally contain more product, which will increase the lifespan of the soap as well as how frequently you’ll need to replace it.
Comparison of Different Soap Sizes and Their Durability
Here’s a comparison table illustrating how various soap sizes correspond to their estimated longevity based on different usage frequencies:
|Soap Size||Estimated Lifespan with Daily Use||Estimated Lifespan with Occasional Use|
|Small (2-3 oz/55-85 g)||2-3 months||6-8 months|
|Standard (4-5 oz/112-140 g)||4-6 months||10-12 months|
|Large (6+ oz/170g+)||6-9 months||12-18 months|
Please keep in mind that I have provided these estimates as general guidelines so the actual lifespan will vary depending on soap formulation, lathering techniques, and storage conditions.
Top Tip: Smaller soap sizes are often more cost-effective for occasional shavers, while larger pucks provide better value for daily shavers.
Today’s Best Selling Natural Shaving Soap Bars
If you are worried about switching to shaving soap bars and wondering if they last as long as traditional shaving products then worry not.
Shaving soap lasts way longer than all other shaving products on the market.
But if you’re looking for a definitive answer to how long shaving soap lasts then you’ll need to consider factors like soap formulation, frequency of use, lathering techniques, and proper storage.
Essentially, it’s not easy to predict.
There are of course things you can do to extend the soap’s life such as how you shave and the size of the product you buy.
Best of all, as a general rule, these days they are made from natural products making them a good eco choice.