The curing process is basically the resting time for a new soap so that water can naturally evaporate from the bars. Commercial soap companies actually force the "cure" by adding chemical hardeners. We can't even imagine what dangers lurk in those chemicals!
We usually hand-cut our soaps out of our handmade wooden molds 24-48 hours after we make the batch. When we hand-cut the soap into bars, the texture is still very soft and pliable and soap at this stage is also still finishing the saponification process, which means that the oils might still be naturally converting to a new compound called soap. Young soap that hasn't cured won’t last very long in running water. As soap cures and the water evaporates, the bar will shrink slightly but it will become very hard. A harder bar of soap means that it will last longer with regular use, lather better, and provide the maximum benefit of the high-quality ingredients that we use. Many soap makers will sell their soap bars after 3-4 weeks, but the Kumbha Moon girlz want you to have the best possible bar of soap from us, so we cure our soaps for a minimum of 6-8 weeks. Our Castile soap bars with 70% olive oil need even more time to cure and usually hang out on our curing racks for almost 12 weeks. Right now at home, we are using some plain unscented soap bars that we made almost one year ago and the bar has lasted for weeks in the shower and the lather is still voluminous!
Go where few people have gone...our curing area