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Old 05-19-2017, 04:00 AM   #11
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Thank you all. So interesting.

Have anyone divided their batches and added two different FO to each portion? As if they were different soaps, and then put together? is that crazy?


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Old 05-19-2017, 01:22 PM   #12
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Thank you all. So interesting.

Have anyone divided their batches and added two different FO to each portion? As if they were different soaps, and then put together? is that crazy?
I've done that. I mixed my colorants with my FOs and divided my batter almost as soon as I hit emulsion. I was using squirt bottles and it was a quick shake before molding


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I've done that with lavender and mint EOs. Both of them are well behaved, so that helps. IMO, if you mix the lavender and mint and then add that to the soap, the scent gets sort of harsh and muddy. I color the mint portion with green French clay and then plop them in the mold, so there are distinct patches of lavender and distinct patches of mint. I also like it b/c some bars are more mint than lavender, some more lavender than mint and some about half and half.
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Thank you all. So interesting.

Have anyone divided their batches and added two different FO to each portion? As if they were different soaps, and then put together? is that crazy?
Nothing wrong with that. I seem to recall IrishLass mentioning she makes a soap with a brown bottom scented with a Dirt FO and a green top scented with a Grass FO.
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What are the advantages or disadvantages to adding the FO or EO to the oils? Before you put in your lye?

I was wondering what experiences you all have with it.
The one time I did it, my soap seized. The FO I used tends to move in CP but using the stick blender did it in and nearly ruined the batch. So I'm back to adding at the end. The fragrance is truly the last thing I'll forget, so that's not a worry for me. Also, the less exposure to active lye, the better, IMO.

That said, many soapers do add to the oils and obviously have good results. So go for it.
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It depends on the FO whether I add it to the oils or to the batter. Some folks report that they have been able to tame certain naughty FO's by adding them to the oils, but it has backfired on me more times than it has worked, so when working with known accelerating FOs, I just add them to the batter after everything is colored, etc.. and I hand-stir them in with a whisk or spatula right before pouring. This works much better for me.

If my FO is a well behaved one, though, I just add it to my oils.


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Have anyone divided their batches and added two different FO to each portion? As if they were different soaps, and then put together? is that crazy?
Not crazy at all. It's actually one of my favorite things to do whenever I come across 2 different scents that I think would smell great together in a layered soap, such as the Dirt FO/Fresh-cut Grass FO soap that Toxicon mentioned above.

Here are some others that I love together: Milk Sugar Kisses FO/Wild Mtn. Honey FO; Paradise FO/Black Raspberry Vanilla FO; Green Tea FO/Black Tea FO, etc... There's a few more, but those are the only ones I can recall off the top of my head right now. I simply split the batter in two, color and scent each portion, and then make a layered soap out of them. Sometimes, instead of layering, I just pour each portion into the mold at the same time in a criss-cross fashion and then swirl with a chopstick or hanger.


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For me the biggest advantage is not forgetting to add the scent. It's a bit disheartening when you plan a perfect design for a scent and realize it's sitting next to your freshly poured mold.
LOL ^^^ Ditto!
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The later you add the fragrance, the more likely it is to preserve the complexity of an FO. By the time the batter is at thick trace, the pH would have dropped about 2 points which reduces the reactive lye ions that happily destroy anything they can react to. It won't save aroma molecules that are very sensitive to lye but it will save slower reacting molecules. I've tested some of my more delicate FOs and adding them at thick trace made a big difference.
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