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gigi
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« on: April 10, 2012, 11:04:21 AM »

Once my homemade soap has cured, does it need to be stored in a specific way, ie: wrapped up or placed in a sealed container? Or can it remain on the drying racks until it's ready to be used?
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012, 12:50:38 PM »

Once mine are cured they go into cardboard shoe boxes I pick up from Walmart.  I only put one flavour in each box, with a card on the end with the date made and code that corresponds with one  I put on the soapcal print out so I know exactly which recipe/batch it is from.   

I feel that if you leave the soap out on the racks indefinitely they start picking up the odours from around them.  I also think they loose too much scent when they are left exposed to the air for too long.   I do not wrap them before storage, as they will continue to shrink for a bit.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 01:31:25 PM »

Try to store them in a cool, dark, and dry place.
Sometimes I store mine in plastic shoe storage boxes, sometimes in actual shoe boxes, or just baskets that I have lying around.
Like Ceebee, I store the different scents separately because they tend to blend if they're just all together.
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2012, 08:19:44 PM »

I bought some of the plastic three-drawer rolling storage units from walmart a while back and lined them with paper bags.  They get a little airflow, but not enough to take away the scent.  I just store the different scents in their own drawers.  Works pretty well.
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 08:49:05 PM »

I store mine the same way, some in actual shoeboxes, and some in plastic storage containers, shoebox size.  If I use the clear plastic, I line them so light won't get to them.  I too store each scent individually, to retain the integrity of each scent.  Works.
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2012, 08:17:21 AM »

If you're speaking about fully cured soap plastic or card box storing may be fine.

I store my soap in stackable soap curing trays.  These trays are breathable and encourage continous drying . . . another good thing is that the bottoms are slotted and don't need turning.

I separate my soaps according to flavor . . . the different soaps don't touch and currently each soap still has their own fragrance.  The stronger scented soap like pine tar and other medicinal smelling soaps are kept in a separate area and are not mixed with the other soaps. I keep my soaps away from direct sun and house light.

Separation of flavors is a good thing but I don't think soap should be locked up or in a closed or sealed plastic box . . . this method may encourage the scent retention. . . and I could be wrong, but it would slower or stifle the curing process and the soap would not breathe or dry efficiently . . . not to mention the turning of the bars that should take place, as you wouldn't want to keep the bottom of the bar against the flat pastic surface where there is no air circulation. 

I don't think soap could properly cure in a closed plastic box (unless there are lots of vents . . . of course). Cardboard boxes may be better and may allow the soap to breathe (with vents, too). I would not store my curing soap on a flat, pastic bottom and would not then add a layer of paper . . . I think this would further hinder the curing process.

Many sellers of soap have soap closets . . . from what I've seen (which is not much) these closets are made from wood, have slacks or slotted bottoms may have slotted doors or no doors at all. I believe a good, constant flow of air is crucial to the curing process.

Depending on the ingredients used, I've read that soap can take 6 months or more to fully cure and reach it's most dry state.  If you use powders, honey, actual herbs and flowers, this process could take even longer.

In four weeks most bars are not cured and I would not package them away or wrap them at this time . . . more shrinkage is bound to happen.  Plastic containers may be OK to use after 6 months.

I see a difference in the bar when I try one at 4 to 5 weeks and again at 8 to 10 weeks.  The later bar is better, has more suds and last longer.  I attribute this to the curing time.

I'm not fully a year into soaping and could be incorrect about my process.  I'm interested to hear the opinions of others!
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