First off, Thanks to all who have been so kind to answer our newbie questions. We were amazed how quickly the vegetable shortening soap traced and how hard the bars are, hope there good soap. Which leads to our next question how long does this soap need to cure before use? We used 75% veg. shortening 25% Olive Oil 7oz water 6oz lye, and 5oz coconut milk at trace. Thanks in advance.