There are many factors that can affect how long different goat milk soaps will last. Some of these include:
- Soap Ingredients. Harder fats and oils will produce a soap that lasts longer than softer, liquid oils.
- Cure Time. The longer a goat milk soap is allowed to cure, the longer it will last.
- Drying Time. The more thoroughly a goat milk soap can dry out between uses, the longer it will last.
- Water Quality. Softer water usually makes your goat milk soap last longer because the soap lathers more quickly so you don't have to rub it as much.
- Surface Area to be Cleaned. Large adults will use up goat milk soap faster than small children.
- Bathing Habits. A person who uses a washcloth or soap saver will use less goat milk soap than one who rubs the soap directly over the skin.
- Size of the Bar. Bigger bars will generally last longer.
- Number of Users. If multiple people are using the goat milk soaps throughout the day, it will not have as much time to dry out between uses.
At Goat Milk Stuff, we use ingredients that are designed to produce a hard bar that will last a very long time. We also cure the soap a minimum of six weeks so that when you receive your goat milk soap, it is fully cured.
Because of all the variables involved, we don't give a time for how long our goat milk soaps will last. But we did ask our Facebook fans how long their Goat Milk Stuff soap lasted them. You can read their answers about how long one bar of goat milk soap lasted.
If you'd like to extend the life of your goat milk soaps, there are several things that you can try.
Buy soap ahead of time. If you keep a small stash of goat milk soap, you can let it continue to cure. Soap will actually get better as it ages, but the scent may start to fade around a year.
Cut your bars. If you carefully cut your bars in half (or already buy them as half bars), you can take a smaller piece into the shower with you. This way only half of the bar gets wet at a time.
Let your soap dry out. Make sure to use a soap saver or soap dish so that your goat milk soap can dry out between uses. Don't allow your soap to sit in a puddle of water or let the shower pour down on it.
Try these tips to extend the life of your soap, but don't worry about how long your goat milk soap lasts, we've got more when you need it!