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Old 09-12-2017, 06:44 AM   #511
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penelope try cool temps and knows FO for not accelerating and maybe Australian pink clay, lately my favorite a tiny bit on the top of teaspoon will color your soap pastel pink
I was pretty sure the FO wasn't an accelerator but who knows?
I know clays vary but I have 2 Aussie pink clays and a French pink clay and they are all a horrible brick red pink in my recipe base.

Now if I were using lard I wouldn't have a problem!


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Old 09-12-2017, 08:13 PM   #512
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Well, I tried to burn my house down. I've got a couple of bamboo cutting boards that I use as handily portable flat surfaces for soaping. Originally got them for regular kitchen use, but these boards have developed cracks. I put one of them in the bottom of my oven (sitting directly on top of the heating element) last night, just in case any of the batches I made decided to get froggy and jump out of their molds. All three molds were filled right to the top, so there wasn't any extra room in any of them. Without thinking about it, shortly before I finished up the last batch and went to put them all in the oven, I turned the oven on, figuring to let it go for maybe 5 minutes, just so it'd be nicely cozy. *sniff sniff* Why do I smell smo.... eeep! Luckily, I caught it quick enough so all I had was an oven full of smoke and a slightly singed cutting board. Didn't even set off the smoke alarms.

Also, my drop swirl was WAY too thin still when I finally decided to pour it. *mumble* My fragrance did not accelerate my batter AT ALL, and I was actually kind of counting on that happening. It's a combination of ylang ylang, rose geranium, champaca, amyris and a tiny bit of patchouli (last three are the first nag champa attempt). I wound up pouring ribbons and blobs on top of the soap, then moving up a bit just until the stream made them go 'bloop' beneath the surface. I hope they didn't just all wind up on the bottom.


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Yesterday I was making Pumpkin Spice soap. Since the FO discolors, I didn't add it to my oils before mixing in my lye (as I usually do). I portioned out some batter, colored it orange, and poured the orange batter back into the uncolored batter and gave it a little swirl .... then looked over and saw my fragrance oil sitting in its container, mocking me. Sighed, poured the FO in the pretty swirled soap, mixed it all up so it was just plain orange, and poured it into the molds. I know the soap will end up all brown, and I'm just kicking myself for forgetting to add the FO to the uncolored batter before the swirl!
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I made a spin swirl soap recipe I found on Soapqueens blog and bought everything to make it but I messed up the amount of colorants in the recipe so they didn't come out as good as I wanted them to. Oh well maybe next time
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I pureed some cucumbers from the garden and strained them twice to end up with some lovely green cucumber juice. I split my batter and got my colors just right - all good. I knew the FO I was going to use would probably accelerate, so I mixed it 1 part naughty FO to 2 parts well behaved FO. It riced, and then was off and running. I plopped it into the mold. Tried to swirl it a little with a chopstick and there were big lumps. Banged the molds (yes, it was a rare for me double batch) and I'm expecting all kinds of air pockets and ugly await for tomorrow. Lesson relearned - don't make a big batch with an accelerating FO, even if it is just a small amount of the blend. The offender is WSP Cool Cucumber, which smells great. The little that's left will have to be used for something else.

And then I accidentally knocked my acrylic planer/beveler that I love off the shelf and broke a corner. I'm hoping it is still going to work.

All in all, not a great day in the soap room.
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Yesterday I was making Pumpkin Spice soap. Since the FO discolors, I didn't add it to my oils before mixing in my lye (as I usually do). I portioned out some batter, colored it orange, and poured the orange batter back into the uncolored batter and gave it a little swirl .... then looked over and saw my fragrance oil sitting in its container, mocking me. Sighed, poured the FO in the pretty swirled soap, mixed it all up so it was just plain orange, and poured it into the molds. I know the soap will end up all brown, and I'm just kicking myself for forgetting to add the FO to the uncolored batter before the swirl!
Oh I feel for you. I just made a soap and I reserved a cup to put a swirl in. Just as I finished pouring the lye mix in I realised I hadn't added any lye to the reserved cup. Ijiot! I had to mix my reserved amount into the main batter and ended up with a completely even soap - no swirl. So disappointing.

Dibbles I won't hit like on your post but I do feel for you. : (
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My soapy mistake was deciding to log on to the forum at 2:30 am lol. So many good posts & links to view (awesome pics in the soap dough link!). I have to get up in 3 hours to get ready for work & now I want to go make soap or at least go unmold and plane the soap I made after work yesterday!


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