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How much are you paying for soap evaporation?

Discussion in 'Shaving Soaps' started by bambrit, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. bambrit

    bambrit Senior Member

    Location:
    Canaduh
    Before weighing, I calibrated my scales to the nearest 0.5g.
    About a month ago, I opened a 75g stick of Arko to air out. Weight today, unused 70g. I also weighed an unused 60g puck of Haslinger that I have stocked for 2 years. Weight today with original packaging 58g.
    What the...?
     
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  2. KAV

    KAV Well-Known Member

    Location:
    California
    I watched a very agitated customer berate a salesclerk over a shoelace breaking on a new pair of imported Church's dress shoes. My friend Hassan lost the sale of a very fine Hamadan rug over 'the obvious sun fading' on one end. I tried explaining what 'abrash' was and her husband got western and demanded repeating what I called her.
    Soaps age just like cheese, butchered beef and wine. The loss of moisture content is actually a good thing. Just think of all the glorified tap water people buy in bottles everyday and count yourself better off.
     
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  3. R181

    R181 Forum GOD!

    Yup, just water content evaporating away. Fortunately it is cheaply and easily replaced when you lather up. Not a biggie.

    Bob
     
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  4. bazemk1979

    bazemk1979 Active Member

    you must be a one heck of a cheap men haha
     
  5. KAV

    KAV Well-Known Member

    Location:
    California
    Sometimes attention to minutae reveals the cosmos as a whole.
     
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  6. Matsilainen

    Matsilainen Veteran

    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    Did you weigh these items with the same scale a month ago / two years ago? The reason I’m asking is that if you are only relying on the manufaturer’s weights, then those may not be entirely accurate.

    Today, the opposite happened to me. I weighed a Soapy Bathman soap that I had last used & weighed in February. Today, it inexplicably weighed 0.5 grams more than in February. I wish all soap worked this way… :okay:
     
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  7. Lann

    Lann Guru

    Location:
    Belfast
    Those missing grams are the Angel's Share
     
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  8. bambrit

    bambrit Senior Member

    Location:
    Canaduh
    I did. the unwrapped arko was 75g before the airing out and the Haslinger was 60g exactly when new.
     
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  9. bambrit

    bambrit Senior Member

    Location:
    Canaduh
    First world problems, i know. I am more curious about how much a shaving cream or croap is water and how it compares to a triple milled soap. I imagine that it could be substantial.
     
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  10. alfredus

    alfredus Legendary Member

    In case of Arko - count yourself lucky: 5g less of the horrible scent to endure :D:D:D
     
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  11. Matsilainen

    Matsilainen Veteran

    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    An interesting thing I’ve noted when tracking weights is that I seem to use very close to the same amount of soap per shave, whether it be a hard soap or a soft soap (or even a cream). I should narrow down my rotation to get a better idea of long-term usage, though.

    And yes, first world problems, maybe, but I still find it interesting. There are those among us (for instance, @churchilllafemme) who have experience regularly using soaps and creams that are even decades old. From what I understand, the scent may often be gone, but the performance is often still there.
     
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  12. R181

    R181 Forum GOD!

    No idea what percentage is water but you can just about bet the softer a soap is the more water it contains. When you triple mill a soap one of the things that happens is moisture/water is driven out. Triple milled soap probably has the lowest water content and will probably last longer in use than the other soap/cream types. It takes more effort to load a brush from a triple milled puck and create a lather than from the other types because of that.

    Bob
     
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  13. KAV

    KAV Well-Known Member

    Location:
    California
    In the Klondike Goldrush clerks in the assay offices would grow their fingernails long and literally pinch a bit of gold dust while wieghing. I give fair warning. Should I visit and you observe uncut nails don't let me handle your soaps.
     
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  14. bambrit

    bambrit Senior Member

    Location:
    Canaduh
    I agree and hence the month of airing/drying. And at a buck a stick, it keeps me humble and have been able to permanently ween myself off stealing cars and sniffing petrol. Next up, reviving my dance career.

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  15. R181

    R181 Forum GOD!

    Well, once you have used the Arko you may see just how easily a good a lather it will produce. On our side of the pond it is hard to beat for a buck a stick.

    Bob