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    Poowong soaper

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    Hi, I've recently started soap making, so far I have made 7 batches using different oils etc. The most frustrating thing is waiting for the soap to cure. I read you can reduce the amount of water to speed up the curing. How much water reduction can be made? I was calculating water as a percentage of oils, but then read it should have been against the lye, so altered that but this method reduces the amount of water by about 2 oz. Which method is best? Sorry 2 questions.
     
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    As soap ages it does lose water to evaporation, reducing the water does not really speed up the cure. Curing is not just about getting a harder, solider bar. As soap cures or ages it gets milder and gets better. Castile soap needs several months curing to be at its best.
     
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    Curing is more than the evaporation of liquid. Curing is the changing of the crystalline structure of the soap itself.
     
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    Part of soaping is cultivating patience! My solution is to soap often so that something is always done curing while I wait for others to cure. Welcome!
     
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    Waiting for soap to cure is part of the process. Patience comes with time, put them away and before you know it, the 6 wks will be up. :).
     

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