Today we helped out at another shearing in the area and when I got home at noontime I decided it was time to cut the soap. After 48 hours it was looking and smelling very lovely in the molds out in the mudroom. It had done its thing with the cooling and felt smooth and firm, but not brittle and hard as rock.
The parchment paper had crinkled a bit in the corners, but it wasn’t too bad when I unmolded the logs. I think next time I will go back to using butcher paper to line the molds instead, it doesn’t get so mushy. Then I got out my nifty, handy-dandy log cutter. I love this implement! The molds are made specifically to fit with the
cutter and you can choose how thick to make the bars. It all worked out very nicely. (I have a fondness for the crinkly-cutter, as you can see). So now we cure it for at least 3 weeks. It smells wonderful, and I know that you shouldn’t use it at this stage, but when I washed up after handling the bars, my hands felt wonderful!
I ordered these lovely molds from Creekside Soaps. It is definitely not the only place you can find the wood molds online, but these are handmade and just beautiful. I love them!