The one pressing question that new students want to know about soap making is if they really have to wait four to six weeks before they can use their soaps. In their faces and voice I can tell that they don’t want to wait so long to use their soaps and I fully understand how they feel.
So why does soap need to cure anyway? There are a few reasons why this step is necessary.
Reason # 1: Evaporation of the excess water
Water is necessary to make soap but the extra water in the soap is not needed. We all desire a hard bar of soap. Your soaps will not dissolve as easily once most of the water evaporates.
Reason # 2: The soap get’s better with time
Soap is like wine it get’s better with time. As it ages saponification has a chance to complete. Yes, a majority of saponification has happened within the first 24 hours but after you unmold and cut your soap there are some saponification left and this will happen during the cure time. This makes the soap milder and of course luxurious on the skin.
Reason # 3: Richer Lather
The lather factor of the soap will be better. Your soaps will lather instantly after you make your soap of course but you will find that soaps that you use six months after curing will lather quickly and last longer.
So the purpose of curing is a necessary torture to age the soap so it can perform at it’s highest potential. We craft beautiful handmade soaps that we sell to the public. Use this factor of aging as a plus in your marketing. We love aged cheese and aged wine….why not aged soap! It’s part of the process and it’s part of what makes naturals soaps awesome!
How do you feel about curing? Do you love it or hate it? Any tips for shortening the cure time? Please share below. We would love to hear your thoughts.