Curing Soap 4-6 weeks
I make CP soap and I know that everywhere says to cure soap for 4 - 6 weeks, and I currently do this with my soap. I read that it allows the soap to cure to a normal pH not being alkaline and excess moisture to evaporate resulting in a harder bar which lasts much longer.
However; when I pH test my soap even after just 24hrs, it reads neutral already. If I dont mind a slightly soft bar is it ok to use it at once? Or am I missing something that I should know?
Thankyou for your time & experience!Answer:
When I first started to make soap I used to test all my bars with pH strips and I would always get the same reading...pH of 7 or 8 ish.
You would think this means that your soap is neutral but I don't believe this to be true. Soap tends to lean more towards a pH of 9 or 10 and not neutral.
Now the reason I believe soap needs to cure for 4 - 6 weeks is really very non-scientific. In all the years I have been making soap, I have made designs in the bars. The designs are made by cutting up fresh soap and creating the shapes that go into the decorative batch. It can be quite difficult to make the curls and such when you are wearing rubber gloves so I tend to do it bare handed. Because of this (probably foolish) practice, I can honestly say that freshly made soap (even one - two weeks old) is definitely not ready to be used on the body. It dries out the hands and leaves the skin feeling tight and sometimes irritated. This does not happen when I mess around with cured soap.
Whether you use your soap early or not is up too you. If you are curious, do an experiment with yours soaps and see how your skin reacts.
Remember that everyone is different as well...some people have more sensitive skin than others.