Thursday, February 9, 2012
When someone asks me to create a special fragrance soap I generally tell them that I will put it on the list of soaps to be made but that they also have to wait 4-6 weeks for the soap to cure, or "to be ready". Often, I watch their faces to see how this registers with them. Do they know what I mean? Most often, I just explain it to them rather than assume that they know.
This is what I say: Curing is the process of the soap drying out. The water is evaporating and this helps it become a hard, long lasting bar of soap. These harder bars of soap last longer, lather up better and overall is better soap. Cured soap is harder, milder and more finished
Below is a photo of a variety of my soaps curing on trays on one of my curing racks.
I have to plan ahead for the Holidays or seasonal soaps. So that I have plenty of Apple Cider soap for September, I start making it at the end of July! To ensure that the Christmas in Maine soap is ready for the beginning of November, I need to start making it around the middle of September. Planning is a big part of my business, and I need to stay organized and watch that calender to plan plan plan ahead!
Hope that this informs you a little more about the soap making process.