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« on: March 12, 2010 06:36:03 AM »

A potentially dumb question, but I thought I'd go ahead and ask.  I found some bars that I made early last fall, and a few of them seem to have little patches of white spots... like mold spores (I can post a pic later if this description is too mysterious).  They're CP bars with oatmeal and milk powder, and they've been kept dry and cool.  The spots rub off quite easily, so it could be something they picked up from the bag I'd stored them in.  But... is mold a possibility?

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010 02:58:59 PM »

Hmm, I don't think it's mold, usually you need moisture to grow mold and if the bars are dry I wouldn't think that would be it. I've never gotten mold on any of my bars. Cream soap or something with water in is it is definitely a concern. I would guess it's probably just soda ash or maybe something from the milk powder? Did you smell it? Mold has a pretty distinctive smell.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010 08:57:54 PM »

or something to do with the FO..

I did see someone else write about what looked like 'cobwebs' on their soap that they purchased..but I didnt get to see a photo to see if it looked like mold..

I would think its either the FO that created spots maybe due to temp changes where the bar is curing/stored OR some sort of soap ash that is only reacting to that area of the soap..

I'd love to see a photo though!
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2010 10:21:04 AM »

Righto!



The flash sort of bleached out the middle bar... but you can still see the Mysterious White Junk.  Is it just odd-looking soda ash and I'm being paranoid?

ETA: the white stuff is only on the tops and uncut sides of the bars--the white bits in the middle are pieces of oatmeal that have been sliced through.

This batch was actually unscented, so naughty FOs aren't the culprit.


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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010 10:36:08 AM »

I think it just looks like soda ash? Try buffing it off with a cloth or a nylon and some rubbing alcohol. Unless it seems to go deeper than the surface, then I have no idea!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2010 03:34:33 PM »

check to see if it goes further into the bar..and not just surface..what oils did you use??

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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2010 10:57:03 AM »

Nope, it seems to just be on the surface.  Whew!  I guess it's ash.  I feel pretty silly now.  I'd just never seen it... clump like that.

Thank you, Soap Sleuths!   Grin

smitten: it's vegetable shortening, coconut oil & olive oil.  Nothing funky.  Maybe it hated the milk powder?  Regardless, I'll rub it off and use these bars without fear of mold death.  Hooray!
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I've read that if the batch of soap isn't retaining heat as it should (for example the mold is very shallow), ash can form.  Some essential oils, such as lavender, can also cause ash.
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