Soft 100% Olive Oil Castile Soap
I recently made a batch of 100% Olive oil castile soap using a very basic recipe...after 24 hours I unmolded and it feels like set up jello..is that normal or should I have waited to unmold longer?
I went ahead and sliced using a soap cutter and had a hard time separating the soft slices but will allow to cure..I would like neater slices next time, could you advise me as how long to wait as I don't want to slice when it is too hard either.
Thank you for any help on this issue.
Castile soap can take longer to set up and usually takes a bit longer to cure than other recipes.
Your first step is to check the recipe. Run it through a lye calculator to make sure that the amount of water and lye is in correct proportion to the oil. Soap can be too soft if there is too much water or not enough lye in the recipe.
If the recipe is correct, next time try leaving the soap in the mold for 48 hours, unwrap it and then leave it for a day or two to air dry until the outside isn't sticky to the touch. Try cutting it then.