There are often posts on the soapmaking forums about using one's own soap before it is cured. Curing time for soaps made with oils that solidify at room temperature is four to six weeks. For 100% Castille (olive oil) or similar, the curing time is six months or longer. Of course, we all test our own soaps after a few days. Does the amount of water used increase or decrease the length of time needed for saponification? It is standard practice to use less water for soft oils, one part lye and one part water, so that the soap will come to trace more quickly. (Trace is when the soap is the consistency of soft custard, identified by the traces left on the soap when one drizzles it onto the top of the mixture in the pot.) Soap must reach trace in order to put it into the mold. When using more water, for ex.: 1 lye to 1 1/2 water, it can take ten hours for Castille soap to come to trace when hand stirring. (Many use immersion blenders, which is faster.) Could someone spell this out for me? There are many questions about it on the soap forums. Thank you very much!