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« on: November 02, 2009 10:55:31 AM »

I haven't made soap for months and months. I had to get some CP soap made for the holidays coming up so I pushed myself to get some done. I had the soap fairy visit on Monday Sad but I think we survived the visit and this is what I came up with:



top row: fresh laundry, three kings, lavender lane

bottom row: sandalwood/vanilla, mandarin spice, orchard breeze, oats n' honey

Since I hadn't soaped in so long, some of my shea butter and all my mango butter was bad - phew - stinky! I am out of cocoa butter now and will need to reorder some other supplies, BUT I didn't have to buy much at all to crank out 7 batches.

Does anyone have any guesses as to why my sandalwood/vanilla would have dark spots in it (hardly noticeable in this pic)? The only thing I did differently was to add some silk...could that cause really dark brown spots? It doesn't smell funny and it isn't oozing...

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2009 02:22:42 PM »

First: lovely! Absolutely lovely!

Second, and to your question: My guess would be one of two things. Vanilla, as you probably know, discolors in soap to a brownish color. The discolorations could be the vanilla starting to turn brown. OR it could be DOS (dreaded orange spots, which often appear brownish orange) which could be caused by a variety of things.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2009 04:48:37 PM »

Was your silk old? I used some liquid silk in a batch a while back that was apparently super old and it ruined the batch. Ick.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2009 05:36:48 PM »

yep, I expect vanilla to turn this one a nice, deep brown. but I had dark brown spots on all exposed surfaces from the get-go. It doesn't look like any DOS I have ever experienced.

The silk I used was from an old silk shirt that finally gave out. I was using the lye dissolve method. Could the silk have somehow held some of the fragrance oil in "clumps"Huh I just don't know.

The scent is good, no odd odor Smiley And as the soap darkens, the dark spots are less obvious (but still there).

Oh well, it is what it is and that is part of the process of soaping. Surprises are part of what to expect  Tongue

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2009 05:34:52 AM »

if its dark spots..my guess would be the FO wasnt mixed in thoroughly..

your soap looks awesome..
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2009 05:57:30 AM »

if its dark spots..my guess would be the FO wasnt mixed in thoroughly..

your soap looks awesome..

thanks for the kudos.

OK, if it is the FO not mixed thoroughly...would that give a "burn" feeling during use? Or is it dissipating as the soap cures? Can I (in good conscience) give this soap to people for the holidays?

LOVE the scent Smiley It is my most favorite of all time Smiley Just never had dark spots before in all the batches I have made *sigh*

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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2009 06:24:02 AM »

do you have another photo of the spots??

I havent had issues with soap that had spots and if there are issues to be had 'I' would be the one to get it Smiley

my spots though weren't oozing..are they oozing(theres a word..oozing..weird,right??!!)

I do let me soap cure for 6 weeks..so I am NOT sure if the curing process made the spots less of an issue..I took it as more of a 'looks' issue than anything else..
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2009 02:08:35 PM »

I'll take another picture, see if I can catch the spots.

No oozing (what a delightful word) at all.

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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2009 05:52:30 AM »



here is the best shot of the brown spots...they are more obvious in person than in the photos, I just can't get the camera to see what I see  Tongue

As the soap darkens, they don't bother me as much as they did at first and the soap smells SO good Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2009 08:20:19 PM »

yes..I would go with a FO issue..meaning that it wasnt incorporated well..
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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2009 04:58:06 AM »

yes..I would go with a FO issue..meaning that it wasnt incorporated well..

so, is the soap safe for sharing? Or do you think there are pockets of irritating FO?

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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2009 05:30:03 AM »

I havent had an issue with it..you may want to try a piece and see how it performs for you..

I found it to be purely a looks issue..
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2009 02:30:59 PM »

whew! aesthetics are not the most important thing in soap (thankfully!) and with the other part darkening nicely, the spots are less noticeable Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2009 11:41:04 AM »

I too am having that -oh my goodness the holidays are a comin'- What an excuse to Soap- feeling. I'm lovin' the blue swirl soap. Great job - and Yeah on being so productive !
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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2009 02:18:02 PM »

that blue swirl soap smell SO good...I currently have a piece from a previous batch in my shower - AH!

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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2009 06:45:45 AM »

Your lye is actually dissipated in 24 hours after you put into the mold.. so your family and friends will be just fine.
You can actually begin using the soap within a couple days, not all recipes require 6 weeks.  But the longer the soap cures, the harder the bar, and the longer it lasts.

The spots are most likely from you vanilla.  Depending on the type of vanilla used, they have a tendency to attach to small particles in the soap and that is why you see it.. thinking it might have something to do with the silk you added..

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