Quick curing castiles

Discussion in 'Beginners Soap Making Forum' started by Primrose, May 19, 2017.

  1. May 19, 2017 #1

    Primrose

    Primrose

    Primrose

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2017
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    236
    I've not made a castile yet, but from what I've read generally on this forum, when I do I plan to put it away for a 12 month rest before using it.

    So I was interested to watch a thread on a group on facebook, where multiple people were saying their castiles are being sold and used at 4-6 weeks ... this is CP.

    I was a bit surprised, but given how new I am to soapmaking I thought it best not to comment
     
  2. May 19, 2017 #2

    Logansama

    Logansama

    Logansama

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2014
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Northern California
    Castile can be used at 4 to 6 weeks, but just as a rule, I make a batch every 6 months and put it away for a full year's cure. That allows it to harden fully and Castile gets better with time. At 4 to 6 weeks is kinda slimy and has no lather. At one year, it is nicer to the touch and develops a creamy (rather than bubbly) lather. So IMO, selling a unripened Castile just isn't putting out the best you can do.

    If you wish to add EO to it, use something that really sticks, like lavender, rosemary, peppermint, patchouli, rose. But really, the only way to speed it up is to make it a bastile, and make an olive heavy blend with coconut, palm, tallow, etc. But your purists will want olive, and only olive. Usually organic. ;)
     
  3. May 19, 2017 #3

    fuzz-juzz

    fuzz-juzz

    fuzz-juzz

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2013
    Messages:
    867
    Likes Received:
    473
    Location:
    Australia
    They might be usable but they're probably far from good soap.
    Quite misleading and possibly cheating customers. Seling soaps that are still made of water at the certain % which they are paying for, instead for soap.
    I know 4-6 weeks sure is generally recommended for regular recipes but in my experience it's not enough.
    Soaps might look hard and cured on the outside but centers stay mushy until at least 8 week mark.
    I don't sell but for our personal use, I cure for at least 2 months.
     
  4. May 19, 2017 #4

    lsg

    lsg

    lsg

    Staff Member Admin  

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2007
    Messages:
    9,778
    Likes Received:
    3,303
    MySoapyHeart and ibct1969 like this.
  5. May 19, 2017 #5

    Seawolfe

    Seawolfe

    Seawolfe

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2014
    Messages:
    3,267
    Likes Received:
    2,933
    Location:
    So Cal
    You CAN use any soap once its saponified. Some speshul snowflakes confuse "safe" with "good". The only 100% OO soap that is good to use almost immediately is liquid soap. Make a batch of 100% OO castille soap and put it away. Then make anything else and use in 4-6 weeks (or more, most bar soaps are better with more).
     
  6. May 19, 2017 #6

    kchaystack

    kchaystack

    kchaystack

    Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2015
    Messages:
    1,906
    Likes Received:
    2,069
    Location:
    Monroe, LA
    Or you can search the forum for dual lye castille
     

Share This Page