In the last phases of our soap-making process we cool the heated oils and the lye water mixture until they are within 10 degrees of each other. For a mixture with added sugars like honey and milk, we prefer the temperatures to be between 100-120° F. Once the temperatures cool, we combine the two and thoroughly mix them until they begin to thicken into a cake batter kind of consistency. Once it reaches this thicker state, we can pour it into the molds. Because of the additional sugars in our recipe, the soap will heat up to incredibly high temperatures--up to 180 degrees. This is known as "gelling" or "gel phasing". We then put the molds in the freezer overnight. This prevents the soap from overheating and causing a soap volcano.
We cure our Glory Bars for a minimum of six weeks. Although they are ready and safe to use after six weeks, they get better the longer they age.
Glory B's unifies all of what I love most—the earth and its natural elements like stone and wood; the creative arts, whether through the written word, or photography, or paint; and helping others to make the world a better place.