Like others, not sure what the "all 60%+ base" means.I have left my CP soaps all 60%+ base to cure for 4 weeks, can I package them up sooner or should I wait the 4 weeks? I have them drying on parchment paper on a wire storage rack.
If I put them into boxes, can I put various scents in the one box? Does the scent of one affect another? Do I need to layer them with parchment paper or something similar?Speaking about CP & HP soap, here:
Wrapping and labeling soap long before it leaves you, can lead to loose labels that fall off the soap, because soaps continue to shrink over their lifetime. If you shrink wrap, you can re-heat the wrap and get by, but the labels will still be too big & may fall off. If you wrap completely in paper, the soap can slide around inside the paper wrapping, and that can look a little tacky. If you put them into rigid boxes, it is less of a problem, though. So it may depend on what kind of packaging you use.
However, if you really want to know if your soap does not develop DOS or any other visual or odor problems, that would not be readily obvious in fully covered soaps. I tend to wait to wrap and label soap until it is fully cured and close to the time I am ready to give it away (I don't sell.) If doesn't leave me right away, I do check it before it does to make adjustments to the packaging if necessary, which is how I learned what I mentioned above about soap that got too small for its britches.
IMO, it's better to put the naked soap into cardboard boxes unwrapped, than to wrap and then box up, unless you just maybe add a cigar-band style label onto each bar. Then at least you are partially done with your labeling and you can periodically check on the soap for DOS development of odor changes that you want to monitor (how long the FO lasts, etc.) Of course the cigar band style will still be too loose, but that is an easy fix later.
I don't do a lot of MP, but it can act differently than CP/HP soap in terms of exposure to the open air, and that can vary with different types/brands of MP.
60% of the oil is OOI'm curious as to what the 60%+ base is as well...
+1 on not packaging till you have to. And, at least for my soaps, 4 weeks has not been long enough to maximize the soaps awesomeness.
In my experience, a strong scent will overpower a weak scent, so I won't keep them together. Several folks here who describe how they box up their soaps, indicate that they use a separate box for each different scent. I don't know that all do that, however.If I put them into boxes, can I put various scents in the one box? Does the scent of one affect another? Do I need to layer them with parchment paper or something similar?
That's a decent indicator; however, I would challenge you to shrink wrap a bar and put it aside for a month or more and see what happens. I have a few leftover soaps from last year's markets and they're loose in their wraps because soap continues to lose moisture as it ages (just like we do). And, I would say with some certainty, those soaps are well cured.I weigh my soap. When it stops losing weight, I think its done curing.
I believe you. I just recently came across a soap display in a consignment shop. They had been there for some time. And like you said, the shrink wrap was not fitting tight and looked sloppy.That's a decent indicator; however, I would challenge you to shrink wrap a bar and put it aside for a month or more and see what happens. I have a few leftover soaps from last year's markets and they're loose in their wraps because soap continues to lose moisture as it ages (just like we do). And, I would say with some certainty, those soaps are well cured.
Soap doesn't stop curing...it will continue to lose weight until there is nothing left but dust. Last year I ran across a bar of Goat Milk Soap that I had bought some nine years ago. When I originally got it, it weighed 4.5 ounces and was tightly wrapped in tissue paper. When I found it, it rattled around in the paper and weighed just under 3.0 ounces. I was at my hair dressers last month and she showed me a bar of my soap that I had given to her last November that had fallen behind her dresser. The shrink wrap was loose...enough that I could move the label a good quarter inch in both directions. It's one thing for a bar of soap to be a bit loose in a soap box...you want the bar to slip out easily. But when packaging is loose when it's supposed to be tight...something is up. It's like buying a jar of mayo and not having it 'pop' when you turn the lid.I weigh my soap. When it stops losing weight, I think its done curing.
When shopping other people's soap stands, those are the soaps that I buy. I know they're older and more well cured. I also have a few customers who look for those things when shopping my booth. They understand that soap is like wine, a well made soap will get better as it ages.But when packaging is loose when it's supposed to be tight...something is up.