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1  Soap disaster in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by lavale on: March 18, 2009 11:14:45 AM
Last week I made a soap with a recipe I got from an Italian book for soaps:

475 gr olive oil
25 gr wheat germ oil

150 gr pure carrot juice (I made it with a juice extractor, since in supermarkets I couldn't find any pure juice)
64 gr lye

At trace, I pured it into the mould (I use a sylicone plumcake mould), and put it under a cover (with a white sheet of paper to separate it from the cover).
After a pair of hours, I had a look and for the first time in my soap-life, the stuff had risen a lot, like a real plumcake, until it touched the paper I put under the cover, and then "exploded down", I don't know if because it had risen too much, or because touched the paper or what.
I put it under the cover again, and waited 12 hrs, then I went to see, and it was hard (a bit harder then "normal" soap after 12 hrs), with a light layer of something orange (oil? carrot juice?) inside.

After one week I sliced it, and this is what it looks like.
Very very ugly (I was not expecting any better, after the explosion), and it leaves oil on paper.

I thought the problem was that carrot juice had maybe too much air inside (it was something like a smoothie, with some with foam on the edge), so yesterday I tried it again.
I extracted the carrot juice the day before, then removed most of the foam, and put it in the fridge. One hour before soapmaking, I took it from the fridge, to get it warmer.
Then I gently mixed it with a spoon (juice separated in 2 parts), and used it for the soap.
At trace, I poured it into the same mould, and covered.
This morning I went to see, and it didn't explode or anything.
But...there is that strange thing in the center, with a different color, and on the border line there are some orange drops (oil? carrot juice?).

So, what happened (both times)?
Do you think I can use my soaps anyway, after curing, of course?

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