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Topic: 2nd batch of homemade soap.....and some queries  (Read 967 times)
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« on: October 20, 2012 03:11:22 AM »

These are made with palm oil, olive oil and coconut oil. The base is uncoloured and unscented, it has come out such a gorgeous creamy white colour. The top is the same but has cucumber fragrance and dried calendula flowers mixed in, this was messily piped on top. Smells good! Few more pictures...
Just out of the mould

One cut in

So far I am pleased and I'm hoping it will still look as good as it cures!

I had a few issues so thought maybe some one could help. The topping almost looked like it had curdled when mixing, I used it an it appears to be okay, but was mixing the flowers in a bad idea?

Also the base feels really smooth but does have crumbly areas.....

Is this normal? What might have caused it and could it be avoided?

I'm having so much fun with soaping Smiley I'm waiting for a 100% olive oil batch to set too.....exciting!
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2012 03:18:04 AM »

Having a few issues with photos on my iPad but you get the idea, lol!

« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012 06:53:05 AM »

Nice soap! Looks good for a second batch Smiley

As to the 'curdling' of the top section, it is probably due to the fragrance, some just don't behave. Some fragrances don't do anything funny, and others turn your soap solid within seconds of mixing in and others do a curdling effect.

For the crumbly, we'd need to know a bit more about your recipe and what superfat you used. Only time I've had crumbly was because of bad mixing and the bottom half of the loaf was lye heavy (did something weird with my lye water and then bad mixing combined).
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