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Old 01-20-2017, 05:08 PM   #21
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I soap close to room temp. I usually lose patience around 85 degrees. I haven't had a problem with false trace either.


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All the books and sights I have seen said to soap at 120f-130f I soap at 120 f lye water and 130 for my oils.


I did a soap yesterday my lye at 98f and oils wet 120 it was was really soft when I cut it .has any one else had that is isue


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All the books and sights I have seen said to soap at 120f-130f I soap at 120 f lye water and 130 for my oils.


I did a soap yesterday my lye at 98f and oils wet 120 it was was really soft when I cut it .has any one else had that is isue
It wasn't the temps that caused the soft soap. If you share your recipe, we'll check it out - I highly suspect that it's a couple of possibilities: recipe with lots of liquid oils, didn't gel (which is not a problem, it just speeds up saponification) or this recipe simple needs more time to set up before cutting.

But your recipe will help us determine the cause. Also, your soap should be fine barring any mistake with the formula or ingredients.
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All the books and sights I have seen said to soap at 120f-130f I soap at 120 f lye water and 130 for my oils.


I did a soap yesterday my lye at 98f and oils wet 120 it was was really soft when I cut it .has any one else had that is isue
It's not the temperature that caused this. It could be several different things. As stated, post your recipe and we can help trouble shoot.
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Old 10-12-2017, 01:12 PM   #25
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I always soap at room temperature - gives me more time to do my swirls!
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I masterbatch both my lye, and my oils and soap at room temp. I could not tell you what the actual temp I soap at, because it depends on the ambient temp of the room at the time. (so somewhere around 75-80 degrees maybe?) Sometimes I do zap my oils in the microwave because they become slushy in the winter time, but never put them in the microwave for more than 30-45 seconds, so they never get that warm - just enough to liquify the oils from being slushy.

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All the books and sights I have seen said to soap at 120f-130f I soap at 120 f lye water and 130 for my oils.


I did a soap yesterday my lye at 98f and oils wet 120 it was was really soft when I cut it .has any one else had that is isue
As others have said, it wasn't the temp of your oils/lye combo but most likely something else.
When soaping at room temp, sometimes you need to insulate to get the soap to gel. Did your soap gel? If not that will keep soap soft a little longer than if you gelled your soap.
Also as others suggested, if you post your recipe, we'd be better able to diagnose the problem.
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:26 PM   #27
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I always wrape my mold 2x with old swetters .i soap in the morning and let them sit for overnight them cut them the next day .

My soaps are 40% olive oil,42% coconut oil,6%shea,6%mango ,6%coco butter,
I always fun the recipe threw a bramble berry calculator
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:47 PM   #28
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Sometimes there's as much as 20 or 30 degrees difference between my lye water and my oils. the lye is often around 77 degrees because I make it the night before and leave it to cool, and the oils can be 110 degrees or more because I've melted them in the microwave just prior to mixing with the lye water. I've never had a problem combining at those temps and have never experienced false trace. the soap comes out fine.


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