Making cold process soap is a mixed blessing when it comes to soap curing time! What I find a challenge is planning and making soap that’s ready to sell two or three months down the road; almost the next season! Logistically, it requires some finagling but it’s all good!
What I love about curing time is the blissful anticipation of the coming months, two perfect examples are making my Spring collection of soap while in the thick of our Canadian winter and planning my Christmas soap in the heat of the late summer months.
Cold process soap unlike its counterparts, the melt and pour and hot process method of soapmaking, requires cure time. Why? This type of soap isn’t at its best until it’s had ample time to dry and harden up. Generally, cold process soap is safe to use after a few days however, soap left to cure will last longer and lather up much nicer than ‘fresh soap’.
Once a batch of my soap is cut, I label it and away it goes downstairs to my small, windowless soap storage room to rest up for at least six to eight weeks. In the summer, the whir of the de-humidifier provides the background hum and once a day I wander down to check out their progress – taking a sniff of the fresh soap, admiring the colour, judging the firmness of the soap and generally, just enjoying the moment.
Today, it’s below zero and the sky is ominous with snow but I can escape to my soap storage and enjoy the cheerful spring colours, the fragrance of the fresh essential oils and imagine that it’s spring already. Check out a few new soaps in my Spring Collection; the Raspberry Mint, Luxury Spa, Eucalyptus and Supernatural soap are all biding their time to bust out of their confinement and be enjoyed by my happy customers. -C-