I think I'm a picky soap maker.
There are ingredients I'll never use, there are soap shapes that will never be appealing to me, and I'm more than stubborn when it comes to minimum curing time.
There's also something else that I'm picky about - the season. I only make milk soaps in the winter - weird, isn't it?
Well, since I have this obsession to make milk soaps as white as I possibly can without using any TD, I figure that I should avoid gel-ing the soap if I can help it. So in addition to freezing the milk and slowly dissolving lye one teaspoon as a time, I also "refrigerate" my milk soap once it's set in the mold.
Technically I can to this anytime of the year, but I prefer leaving my soap outdoors and let the Canadian winter do its trick.
I can't really explain why I like to leave them outside during winter.
Is it because I don't like to crowd my fridge with something uneatable? Is it because I'm afraid the lye being so close to something I plan on digesting? Or maybe it's just because I need to put it out of sight so I won't have to fight the temptation to take it out prematurely?
Leaving the soap in the cold doesn't really ruin it, as some might believe. These soap bars are nice and hard, and I know in a few months time, they'll charm me again in the shower!