Each custom loaf is two pounds of soap made according to your specifications of ingredients, color and scent. They come ready cut into 9 slices but not packaged. For longevity and mildness, cold process soap needs time to cure, usually six weeks. Nothing special is needed during this time, just allow the soap slices to air dry inside the included cardboard box, with the lid open. Their scent will fill your house and enchant your senses. The "Use after" date is included in the package.