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« on: January 24, 2012 03:21:21 PM »

I have made hot process soap and I can tell if it is not ready by the taste test but on the cold process I cannot tell. I decided to give it a test even though it has only been a bit over a week just to see what it was like but I did not get any tingly zap taste.
Is there any other tell tale? I know I could just wait it out 4-6 weeks but I thought for sure I would get that taste zap like I do when I hot process.
Any suggestions or things I should know?
It smells really good too. Chocolate coffee soap. mmmmm Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2012 09:17:28 PM »

Give it at least 3 weeks (4-6 is better). The longer, the better. You can do a pH test strip test if you want, but they're even more unreliable than licking the soap. You can try washing your hands with some shavings, if you're sensitive you can sometimes tell if your hands start burning. But it's really better to wait Cheesy  Remember you're not just waiting for it to get mild, but also for the water to evaporate out so it's nice and hard and will last longer.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2012 03:07:44 PM »

Actually the zap on cold process soaps usually goes away between 24 hours to 1 week after making it. If the zap lasts longer, there is usually a problem... so congratulations on no zap!

Of course, you should wait the 4-6 weeks for it to cure. I know for a fact that soap loses a significant amount of water in that time, and that makes your bars of soap much harder, which means they last a lot longer! And that also usually increases the sudsiness as well. I've also read (this is some chemistry conjecture here) that although the pH doesn't change much during the curing period (most of the reaction takes place in the first 24 hours), that the last 3% or so of the pH change happens during the 4-6 weeks of curing. And this makes the soap much more mild to your skin, despite the small change, percentage wise, in the pH.

Anyway, the important part is that it sounds like your soap turned out great! If you get a chance, I would love to see pictures!  Grin
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