Saturday, 11 December 2010
The Soap Sweats...
It has been SO damp here lately that it is affecting my soaps, especially my salt soaps. Surprisingly, the winters here (yes in southern Spain!) can get cold and damp. The word cold, when describing Spain, may sound strange coming from a Canadian... but the cold issue here is that it is cold INSIDE the houses.
About two weeks ago, the temperatures dropped suddenly. We had some mornings when it was almost down to 0º outside and as these houses are built to keep OUT the heat, it was pretty cold inside. Then the rain started as well. That is when my soaps started to dampen... and the salt soaps actually started to sweat...
If you touch the moisture coming off the salt soaps, it is not very nice smelling, although if you use the soap is still smells great.
So, I ask for any contributions from you experienced soap makers... what do you do for drying your soaps in different weather circumstances? My main concern is the damp now. I think I need an electric heater relatively near the soaps and also a de-humidifier. But, if I use a de-humidifier, will it draw the Essential Oils out of the soaps along with the moisture?
I am interested in hearing other experiences of how weather, climate, seasons, rain affects your soaps and what methods you use to combat it.