|Pomegranate Soap freshly poured and swirled.|
When soap is poured into molds, it's a thick liquid consistency - ideally. Sometimes particular fragrances will speed up the process and make it get thicker faster so sometimes we're glopping in soap that looks more like mashed potatoes. Even though it would still be okay to use, soap that moves too quickly sometimes ends up being cosmetically challenged or downright ugly.
|Large block of Angel of Shavano soap.|
Sometimes soap is still too soft after 12 hours to get it out of the mold or cut it without risking damage to the bars so we'll give it another day before trying again. What is best is after the first twelve hours, the soap is firm but not so hard that cutting is difficult. Once soap is out of the mold, it gets put into a tray to cure.
|Beautiful Life soap cut and ready to cure.|
We wait as long as possible before packaging Blissology soap because it loses water as it cures and shrinks. If we wrap them too soon, the paper slides right off the bar. For this reason, we generally package days before a market or show and as orders come in. That in itself is a whole 'nother process!