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    Is this ricing? (pic included)

    Thanks for your input cmzaha! I am kindof leaning the same way, thinking that I probably just didn't get the FO stirred up enough. I measured out my FOs into containers before making the soap batter since I was doing 8 testers and time was of the essence. So, the FO was sitting at the bottom of...
  2. incognitocat2

    Is this ricing? (pic included)

    Hi All, I found a new way for soap to behave badly! =/ I am hoping that one of you experts can help point me in the right direction of what might have gone wrong here. A bit of background info: I made a tester batch of soap yesterday for a new recipe that I am trying out (olive oil, coconut...
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    Pretty top on this one, lots of prettiness generally

    This soap is beautiful, thanks for sharing the video/link! She makes it look so easy!
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    Black soap colorant OTHER than charcoal...

    Just wanted to chime in that I recently used "Moonkissed Nights" mica from Rustic Escentuals recently with success. (link: http://rusticescentuals.com/Moonkissed-Nights-Mica.html) Here's how it turned out in cp soap at approx 1 tsp ppo. It gave me a very dark gray (you might consider it...
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    Zappy crystal soap tops (but the rest is fine)

    DeeAnna, Thanks for those links! What an interesting experiment by Auntie Clara.... I'll be taking another look at my recipes in the future to consider reducing the water content, at least when I want to avoid glycerin rivers, etc. Just to be clear, I understand that 'zap' is not a taste...
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    Zappy crystal soap tops (but the rest is fine)

    DeeAnna, Seawolfe, and Susie, thank you for your feedback! I should clarify that I've done the zap test before on other soaps with soda ash buildup (although none as extreme/crystallized as this batch, if it is indeed soda ash), but no "zap" reaction as (I thought) I felt this time. Prior to...
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    Zappy crystal soap tops (but the rest is fine)

    Yes, full water (27% lye concentration to be specific). Something I just noticed after coming downstairs from my soaping room, is that my soaping utensils, bowls, etc. from the problematic batch (which I haven't cleaned yet- I usually wait on them to more fully saponify) all have some of the...
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    Zappy crystal soap tops (but the rest is fine)

    Not_ally, thank you for taking the time to respond! Regarding my "master batch," yeah, it does indeed tend to heat up. I have managed about 5 other batches from it (albeit with different fragrance/colorant combos) with success so far, despite the heating. With that said, I'm planning to adjust...
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    Zappy crystal soap tops (but the rest is fine)

    Hi Everyone, I'm trying to solve a soapy mystery, and any help/insight you could provide would be appreciated! (see photos attached for reference) Last night (~24 hrs ago at this point) I made two 5-lb loaves of soap using the same oil masterbatch. I used different fragrances and colorants...
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