I dont understand the reason behind this whole loaf thing lol. Why let customers mangle your soap?I've seen whole loaves of soap in a store. The customer or staff cut pieces off. Is this what you mean?
This soap looked more like hot-process soap, although I suppose it could have been young cold-process soap. In any case, the soap was softer than my usual soap is after it's cured, so it could be easily cut with a bench scraper type of tool.
In this particular situation, the store let customers cut the soap loaf without any oversight by the store staffers. That meant the loaf was being handled by customers (and their kids) who could easily damage the loaf (drop it, play with it, make a mis-cut, etc.) There was no control over cleanliness and sanitation (unwashed hands, lint from clothing, etc.). When I saw this approach, it didn't impress me due to the risk of damage and contamination. The idea is even less appealing now with the covid virus.
Before I made my own soap, I bought soap from an online seller who would sell me a whole loaf for me to cut at home. I used a knife or bench cutter. The soap was freshly-made hot process soap, and still quite soft. Knowing what I know now, I'm sure it was only days old.
It didn't come with instructions to cure the soap for best performance. I knew enough at the time to cure it for at least a month before use, but I'm sure many customers used the soap right away and wondered why the soap didn't last very long.
That sounds dodgy to me. I can't help but cringe a little.the store let customers cut the soap loaf without any oversight by the store staffers
The same way you would cut it...a cheese slicer, wire cutter, soap wire cutter, a knife, one of those blades things.There are a lot of soaps sold these days, that can be cut by the customer. I'm assuming its cold process soap, but how is it possible to cut?