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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Lye shortage! Batch ruined? on: July 09, 2009 07:13:04 PM
Ok, I won't bore you with the details but basically I got mixed up and shorted the lye in my CP batch by about 3 grams.  I had already superfatted to 7% so I guess now it's SUPER superfatted.  I've unmolded it and it's kind of slimy and moist which I'm assuming is from the unsaponified oils.

My question is this: is this batch salvageable?  Should I shred it and try to rebatch?  Is it usable as is or will it dry out if I give it enough time?

My recipe was 50% olive oil, 40% coconut oil, and 10% castor.  I've never made soap with this high an olive oil content.  Could that be part of the problem?

Any input would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks, guys!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / First HP Attempt... on: December 12, 2008 02:57:22 PM
Not so great, akshuly!  I think I may have overcooked it a bit.  It came out really lumpy and a lot of it crumbled when I cut it today.  I love the smell (and the fact that I had to use only TEASPOONS of FO instead of ounces) and I think the colors are pretty.  I'm definitely attempting HP again (right now, as a matter of fact!).

To get the bars to stick together, I dunked them in hot water and just pressed them in my hands.  They're really malformed looking, especially next to my pretty Citrus Melon CP!

(left) Osa Coast HP, (right) Citrus Melon CP

Osa Coast HP

I had to wedge myself into the closet with my 8 year old camera to take these so the color and focus are obviously kind of off but you get the idea.

I'm determined to get this right though.  Right now I'm working on a black tea flavor HP and if that comes out any better, I'll post pictures of my progress!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / HP Soap Questions on: December 11, 2008 03:57:13 PM
I usually do CP but I got a little behind schedule this year and haven't made some of the soaps I intended to give as holiday presents.  So, I'd like to try HP since I've heard that it cuts way down on curing time, but I have a couple questions:

1)  I typically use around 10% sweet almond oil and 5% castor oil in my CP recipes and throw them in with the rest of the main oils instead of at trace.  I have read in a few tutes that "luxury" oils should be kept out until after the cooking process in HP and added with FO/EO/whatever.  Anyone have a definitive answer on this?

2)  I'm planning on trying the oven method (using amareluna's tute) but I'm an obsessive researcher and I've read a LOT of tutorials now.  Most of them said that curing time averages on 1 week for HP but some said less than a week and one or two said to let it cure for LONGER than CP.  Is this just a preference thing, sort of like how long you let CP cure (I usually go for about 4 weeks)?  The longer, the better, kind of?

Alright, those are my questions (for now).  Thanks in advance for any advice!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / CP soap boiling during saponification? on: October 09, 2008 08:57:16 PM
I tried making CP tonight using coffee instead of water in the lye solution.  I put it in a metal loaf pan and now, a few hours later, it's bubbling like it is boiling.  I had some leftover I put in a wood mold which is not boiling like this but it's also a much smaller amount.  I left the mold uncovered because the instructions I read said that using coffee would cause the soap to get much hotter during saponification and that it didn't need to be covered.

Basically, I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else or if I messed up somewhere.  Is it a normal part of soaping that I just never noticed before because I always covered the molds?

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Cocoa butter question on: June 20, 2008 06:33:49 PM
I used cocoa butter for the first time today to make lip balm.  I was wondering if it always has that chocolate-y smell/taste or if there are different refining processes that make some kinds unscented?  Not that I minded in these lip balms.  I was going to make vanilla mint but they're just chocolate mint instead!  But, for example, if I were to use cocoa butter in CP soaps, is there a kind that wouldn't leave a smell?

I love this forum, btw.  Thanks!
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