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Old 10-13-2017, 03:03 AM   #11
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It's not just in your head, I agree, and have tried making soap with just one or the other, and neither soap as as good as the soaps I make with both. My main recipe also has equal amounts of both.
I definitely agree. I really like the combination of the two. I have recently made some soap with Babassu Oil and PKO also. Itís not ready yet.


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KristaY - I've never noticed bubbles when using the combination, and I've used both in my main recipe now since 2003. Are you stirring the oils vigorously?
I masterbatch my oils now and have for quite a few years, but even before then, I never noticed the oils bubbling.[/QUOTE]

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I havenít noticed any bubble issues. I use PKO a lot in my soaps. Could it be that your stick blender is introducing air into the mix?
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This is going to seem weird, but have you tried slowly pouring the hard oils into the soft?
All good questions! My process is to measure all hard oils into my container so no stirring at this point. (hard oils are PO, CO, PKO flakes & shea butter). I put that into the microwave and melt. When I remove the container it has bubbles on the top. The temp is usually about 150F. I gently stir with a spatula, leave the spatula in the container, and pour the soft oils in down the spatula. Up to this point I've gently stirred in a circular motion about 5 turns of the container to blend the oils and balance the temp. I haven't used my SB or a whisk, just a gentle spatula. Now I wonder if my PKO flakes are the problem since no one else seems to have any issues. When I do the exact same thing without PKO, no bubbles appear. Hmmm.......


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Old 10-13-2017, 11:43 AM   #13
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All good questions! My process is to measure all hard oils into my container so no stirring at this point. (hard oils are PO, CO, PKO flakes & shea butter). I put that into the microwave and melt. When I remove the container it has bubbles on the top. The temp is usually about 150F. I gently stir with a spatula, leave the spatula in the container, and pour the soft oils in down the spatula. Up to this point I've gently stirred in a circular motion about 5 turns of the container to blend the oils and balance the temp. I haven't used my SB or a whisk, just a gentle spatula. Now I wonder if my PKO flakes are the problem since no one else seems to have any issues. When I do the exact same thing without PKO, no bubbles appear. Hmmm.......
I think it's the microwave action. I too get bubbles/foam (whatever it is), when I use the microwave. I don't have the issue when I do stovetop. My mix is very similar to yours, I use lard instead of PO. I thought it was the Shea butter though...you could be right on the PKO. I've not had it affect my final soap though.
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Oh okay, that makes sense now. As shunt said, it's the microwave.
I never get those bubbles unless I heat it too hot.
I only put my slushy mixture in for 30-45 seconds to melt just enough to make the soap clear. Sometimes there is still some slush to it when I take it out, but a quick steady stir clears it right up. Then I continue on with soaping.


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