Curing time for room temperature soap making

by Kate
(Yukon)

I am wondering if the soap should stay in the mold longer when using the room temperature method? I am finding that my soap takes longer to firm up and thus tends to stick to my molds. Is this common to this method or am I doing something wrong?


Thanks, Kate

Answer:

Your soap may not be going through the gel phase which can cause the soap to take longer to harden.

Make sure the soap is well insulated and you could try pouring the soap into a pre-warmed mold.

Also make sure the oils are room temperature when you add the lye and not cold. If the oils are very cold, the lye temperature may go too low trying to melt them. This can also slow down the saponification process.

Cathy

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by: jclay

I use frozen goat milk..in doing so, my lye milk mixture never gets much over 70-80 degrees f....and I add to oils which are around 115..I was wondering if that could cause the soap to take longer to set

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