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Topic: Lavender Eucalyptus cold process soap!  (Read 1222 times)
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« on: October 21, 2015 07:06:06 PM »

So this is my 1st ever post to crafster for tho I have been a member for 2 years. Anyways, this is my second batch ever of cold process soap and I'm pretty excited!!! It has coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil and shea butter! I scented it with lavender and eucalyptus EOs as well as put some dried lavender buds in it. It smells AMAZING!!! I can't wait for it to cure so I can try it out!! I have a question for you more experienced soapers. As I'm sure you can see in the photo it darkened quite a bit and I believe that's bc it went into gel phase if I have read correctly. How do I stop that from happening? Don't let my lye solution cool down more? I mixed it when it was a couple degrees shy of 120 but I've read that a lot of people prefer to let it cool to 95. Anyways, I'm still pretty proud of myself but would love some feed back!

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2015 07:29:52 PM »

Why does it say my post is mature?

Right above the "upload your photo" button, you have the option to check or uncheck a box that says "Mature Image."  You should be able to edit your post and just un-click that box, I think.

Sounds like awesome soap!  Congrats on posting your first project.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2015 07:39:08 PM »

Why does it say my post is mature?

Right above the "upload your photo" button, you have the option to check or uncheck a box that says "Mature Image."  You should be able to edit your post and just un-click that box, I think.

Sounds like awesome soap!  Congrats on posting your first project.

Thanks lady!!! I must have accidentally checked it!
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2015 07:58:16 PM »

Looks lovely! I can't speak to temperatures because I only do room temp soaping at this point, but if you're using Essential oils (versus fragrance oils with some amount of vanilla that could cause browning) your soap won't darken too much. Did it get really dark or just change color slightly? A very slight color change is normal. Also, depending on your oils it could look different as it cures, extra virgin olive oil may be more white leaning, pomace olive oil may lean a little green-brown, etc.

You *can* keep your soap very, very light if you inhibit gel phase, but in my experience if you're using a log mold (instead of individual molds) it can be pretty hard to not get a partial gel when you're trying to get no gel. Personally, I'd rather have a full gel than a partial gel which can look kind of odd (like a dark circle inside of a light circle, I think Brambleberry posted a pic of a partial gel honey soap on their blog today.) For what it's worth I gel phase all my soaps unless I'm making a milk soap.

Also, you may find later that you're not crazy about the lavender buds in the soap as you use it. They're kinda lumpy and they will turn an unattractive brown color (due to the chemical reaction/oxidization/etc, nothing to do with gel phase).
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2015 11:47:49 PM »

I love your soap. The list of ingredients sounds very luscious and fragrant.

The only soap I ever made were the glycerin ones so I can't help you there.
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2015 08:46:48 AM »

I love your soap. The list of ingredients sounds very luscious and fragrant.

The only soap I ever made were the glycerin ones so I can't help you there.

thanks!!! im so excited to use it!! waiting for it to cure is gonna be hard especially since every time I go in my kitchen I can smell it!!
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