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« on: May 20, 2010 01:20:57 PM »

so i made oatmeal soap, and the soap turned out great, but i decided it would be awesome if there was a scrubby oatmeal side to the soap, and so thought that would be done by pouring raw oats into my mold and then pouring the hot soap onto it and letting it set- which just made squishy oatmeal on my soap.
how do i fix this or do i just have to cut it off?
what should i have done?
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2010 01:38:23 PM »

Hmm, you might want to cut it off, or at least part of it. Did you grind it first? I always finely grind the oatmeal I put inside my soap, and if I want a little bit of decoration will put a very tiny amount of whole oats on top.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2010 06:16:06 AM »

Like MareMare suggested, grind your oats.  and make sure you don't use Quick Oats.  Use the Old Fashion kind!
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2010 05:39:38 PM »

the oat meal that went inside was ground, and it was old fashioned, it was just the "pretty" stuff on the outside that didnt turn out.
i've cut this soap and let itsit for a while now, it looks filmy on the outside, and has curled. any suggestions for this?
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2010 07:54:03 PM »

the filmy is probably soda ash.  if the soap has curled, you probably used too much liquid in the soap.  This used to be called the 'shrunken head' syndrome.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2012 10:50:59 AM »

Sorry to open this post up again, I didn't want to start a new thread for it.

I made some soap about 3 days ago and mixed some oats into it, not realising they had to be ground first.... I've now got LOADS of squidgy caramel coloured blobs in my soap  Sad

Will these blobs dry out as the soap cures? Or does the whole batch need to be thrown out?
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2012 11:36:58 AM »

Can't say if the blobs will ever dry out, but that doesn't mean you need to throw the soap away.

Grate the soap down and rebatch it or use the shreds in another soap.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012 04:17:31 PM »

I had the same thing happen, and am grateful for the info above.  Thank you all!
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2012 03:50:53 AM »

It was a rebatch, can I do it again?
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2012 03:57:25 AM »

It was a rebatch?  Wow!  How did you rebatch it?  Oven? Microwave? Crock pot?

Did you use an FO in your re-batch?  What type of oats did you use?  Did you use honey?

Yes, it can be rebatched again.  You shouldn't have to add any additional liquid in it.
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« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2012 07:31:45 AM »

I did the rebatch in a crockpot. I initially made a milk soap, and then wanted to add some oats and more butter. So I melted it down, added the melted butter and oats, and everything seemed to be going fine. I didn't add any FO or anything, just some oats (not porridge oats, I've heard the horror stories). I will definitely remember to grind the oats if I try this again.

I was really hoping the gooey-ness of the oats would dry up with the curing, but after being away from home for a few days I came back to find the whole batch covered in white fuzz. And I mean SERIOUS fuzz (After a bit of research, I found this may be due to too much liquid in the recipe?).. So i threw it out.

I'm only working with 2lb batches at a time as I'm new to soap making. So although i'm wanting to scream whenever I make mistakes, it doesn't seem like a huge deal to bin it and start again.

Thanks so much for your help though... I will probably be needing it again sometime soon!
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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2012 01:09:49 PM »

Personally I don't think you should ever add any more oils to re-batch, since the lye has already reacted you're just going to get oily soap, and it might have trouble sticking together at that point.

I would imagine that wet oats would easily grow mold or other ickies Sad Oh well, at least it's a small batch like you said!
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2012 04:31:47 PM »

Oops, sorry I didn't mean melted butter. I've been watching a lot of soapy videos today so that must have been embedded in my brain!
I froze most of my milk for my lye solution, leaving the rest in the fridge. But then I forgot all about the milk in the fridge and found it the next day, so decided to rebatch that evening.

There was a whole load of errors with that batch. The missing milk, the squidgy oats, the crazy white fuzz..... My other half dropped my crockpot into my 3lb cardboard mould, sending soap flying everywhere.

I really wasn't too sad to see that batch go  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2012 09:03:58 AM »

Shoot, I should have made soap while you had the soap demons at your house.

Sorry to hear about your batch.
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