|Let’s talk a moment about curing soap. If the soap was made properly, cure time is used for giving up excess water to the air. This is great if you live in a desert, but what if you live in a humid location? We highly recommend all soap get cut in 24 hours or less. Sometimes a batch doesn’t allow for cutting this early, so review where your soap went wrong if this is the case.
Once the soap is cut into bars, stack the bars Stonehenge style. This will allow a lot of air to circulate around the bar. Turn over every few days if the surface you are curing on is solid. I really like ribbed shelf liner materials, but this can leave lines in the soap. If you don’t mind a few lines, try the ribbed shelf liner. If lines bother you, turn your soap more frequently.
If your location is very humid, use a dehumidifier in the room where you cure your soap. The removal of water from the air will help the soap dry sooner. As soon as the soap is cut into bars it is safe to use. Yes, you read that right. Curing will help the bar last longer, but does not fix the problems of a poorly made soap.
If you live in a humid environment, we suggest using shrink bands instead of bags. This will allow some moisture transfer while the soap is in storage awaiting sale. If you live in a dry environment, go ahead and bag your soap. The caution for bagging is when the soap will be in direct sunlight. Moisture beads will form inside the bag if you store any sealed soaps in direct sunlight. This isn’t a pretty sight and will certainly be a distraction to active purchasers.
While curing we don’t suggest storing dis-similar scents together. The subtle scent of Cotton will absorb the Potent Peppermint without your permission. It happens. Now, which is which? Avoid this confusion and fragrance migration by storing similar soaps together.
If the soaps are for your use only (friends and family too) and you aren’t labeling, then just store the dried bars in a cardboard box which is labeled on the outside. The cardboard will keep things from getting too moist and won’t allow significant fragrance transfer between boxes.
Tomorrow I will cover botanicals and saving a batch. They both start with great teas! So, get out your tea pot and let’s save a misbehaving batch of soap.