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How significant is this process of "curing" soaps before the first use? In particular tallow based soaps as the tallow ingredient apparently needs to be activated. Has anyone tried this on their own? Are these soaps ready for use once they arrive at your doorstep? Let me know your thoughts...

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Chazz Reinhold HOF
Curing? Do you mean bloom prior to use? If this is what you mean, I quit doing that several years ago. A good quality soap, which is all I use, does not require blooming in my experience, be tallow based or vegan.

I was actually wasting soap doing that. Sure I was using the bloomed water as a sort of pre-shave, but it didn't make any difference lathering the soap.

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(This post was last modified: 05-14-2016, 11:12 PM by Hobbyist.)
No need to wait.

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Member
Minnesota
I am not sure what you mean. At least by the time we get it into our bathrooms, good soap is good soap. Bad soap still sucks. There are a few triple + milled soaps that people say benefit from a long soak, and then keeping hydrated.

Curing, to me, means drying/preserving. I don't really know of a soap that needs to be cured first.


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Los Angeles
(05-14-2016, 06:07 PM)Great shaves Wrote: How significant is this process of "curing" soaps before the first use? In particular tallow based soaps as the tallow ingredient apparently needs to be activated. Has anyone tried this on their own? Are these soaps ready for use once they arrive at your doorstep? Let me know your thoughts...

Curing actually means to cure someone of something. As said by "hrfdez" above blooming may be what you mean where you put water on top of the puck prior to use. The assumption being, that you are softening the soap prior to loading your brush. As "hrfdez" said for the most part it is not needed with good soaps and all soaps as well. You do not have to bloom a bar of soap before you use it in the shower. I occasionally still, but not all the time do it. It is not necessary but I pour the little bit of water on the soap in my hand and rub it on my face which creates a thin lather before I create the actual lather with my brush. People get into routines. But again it is not necessary in order to create a good lather with you brush.

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Thanks for your participation guys, sorry for the confusion though. I had totally forgotten to include the link for the article that I read on Tiki's website, that's where I read about this "curing" method. Here it is: https://tikibarsoap.com/tallow-shaving-s...ct-lather/
Let me know If your perception of this method changes at all. Cool
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Chazz Reinhold HOF
I am fine with my method.
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Posting Freak
Canada
(This post was last modified: 05-14-2016, 08:10 PM by celestino.)
Any reputable soap artisan would only sell their soaps once they are properly cured, not before and we, the consumer, shouldn't be require to wait to use the soap once it arrives. Granted, you might get a fresher batch, than usual, at times, but nothing that should require you to wait any length of time before using it once you have it in your possession.

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Restitutor Orbis
(05-14-2016, 06:40 PM)hrfdez Wrote: Curing? Do you mean bloom prior to use? If this is what you mean, I quit doing that several years ago. A good quality soap, which is all I use, does not require blooming in my experience, be tallow based or vegan.

I was actually wasting soap doing that. Sure I was using the bloomed water as a sort of pre-shave, but it didn't make any difference lathering the soap.

I know what you mean Héctor. I used to bloom soaps, even croap when I was first starting out and found it to be a waste.

About curing, this is the first time I've heard of this. I actually saw from another forum that a member will let his soap breath for a few days before using? Never heard of that method too until recently.

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Chazz Reinhold HOF
(05-14-2016, 08:14 PM)Aurelian28 Wrote:
(05-14-2016, 06:40 PM)hrfdez Wrote: Curing?  Do you mean bloom prior to use?  If this is what you mean, I quit doing that several years ago.  A good quality soap, which is all I use, does not require blooming in my experience, be tallow based or vegan.

I was actually wasting soap doing that.  Sure I was using the bloomed water as a sort of pre-shave, but it didn't make any difference lathering the soap.

I know what you mean Héctor. I used to bloom soaps, even croap when I was first starting out and found it to be a waste.

About curing, this is the first time I've heard of this. I actually saw from another forum that a member will let his soap breath for a few days before using? Never heard of that method too until recently.

I'll be giving that soap some CPR ASAP Big Grin

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