Thank you!! I feel so much better with every ones guidance and help! I have to be patient and like you said just give it time.
To answer your question, I let it sit for 2 days before batching, I hope I didnt mess it up by doing that.
No worries, Mariah- you didn't mess your soap up.... it will be fine in time.
The worst that happened was this: you simply expended a bit of extra (but unnecessary) energy/work that time would have taken care of naturally.
For future reference, once a soap is made and and has been unmolded, it needs to cure at least
4 weeks before making any judgement calls on it, although other folks wait at least 6 to 8 weeks, and some even longer depending on the recipe......but definitely 4 weeks at a minimum.
Lye-based soap is a lot like cheese or wine in the sense that chemical changes are going on inside that increasingly/incrementally make it the best it can be over time.....i.e., changes that affect its hardness (the soap will increasingly become harder), its pH (it will become slightly lower), its lathering abilities (it will increasingly lather better), its mildness (it will gradually become more mellow/mild), and its longevity in the bath (well-cured soaps last longer in the bath/shower than their younger counterparts).
It would be so nice if all those changes were immediate, but like babies growing into adulthood they take time.......not as long as human babies, thankfully lol, but in comparison to humans, soap is definitely still in its infancy stage at 2-days old.....still wet behind the ears, all soft and cuddly, and can't do too much yet. At a week old, I would say it's in toddler stage- able to babble and to stand up a little on some terrains, but falls flat on others; at 2 weeks, it's reached elementary-school age- can walk and talk, exhibiting very promising potential, but when put to the test, shows it still doesn't know the half of things yet; at 3 weeks it's a tween/pre-teen- it develops a strut and a cocky mouth because it can do a lot on its own now, but still isn't able to keep up with its older, star athlete brother; and at 4 weeks it's like an 18 year old teenager- some are actually mature enough at that time to be let loose on the world, while some need to be held back a little longer.