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    Adding essential oils & cloudiness

    Hi Baqn, Thank you for the reply. 1. Yes that's exactly. The same diluted liquid soap divided into jars. One jar was scented the same day while another one after one month with the same EO blend. In general it was cold, however as i remember there were not big differences in temperature between...
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    Adding essential oils & cloudiness

    Hi there! While i was thinking dilution as the most difficult part of LS, at the end i've concluded that dilution is quite simple in compare with adding fragrance to diluted soap. I make bastile soap (85/15) and i know that i need much water to dilute in order for the paste to stay liquid and...
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    Two problems with LS

    Thank you @BattleGnome ! As for the essential oil, maybe you are right. Cause i just stirred it with a spoon vigorously. In bigger batches i'll use a stick blender and i suppose i will achieve a better emulsificatition. Is there any chance of having the cloudiness issue of some EOs, as i read...
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    Two problems with LS

    Hi there, Following my previous post about my first attempt for bastile CP LS, and all your useful advise, everything went quite well. I made 3-4 batches more and i think i'm really comfortable now with the process. It's just that i have two issues need to be solved: 1. While dilution went all...
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    Questions about dilution

    Thanks again @Zany_in_CO I will start my testings, try also a small mix with KOH & NaOH which is in mind, and other stuff, and hope to have interesting results after all. For any help i may need i'll be back! :)
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    Questions about dilution

    Also i forgot to ask something about the difference between HP & CP. Suppose we use the same recipe till the dilution. Obviously the HP will end up in a paste with lower water percentage in it than this in CP. That means that we just have to add less water in CP paste during dilution or is...
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    Questions about dilution

    Thank you @Zany_in_CO ! To be honest i avoid glycerine method, or thickening with salt. I've tried this in my first batch and it actually did a very good job on thickness. I prefer to make things simple as they come by their own, even i have to blend a little bit more or to sacrify a little from...
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    Questions about dilution

    Thank you @DeeAnna and @Zany_in_CO ;) Very useful information both of you. As for my recipies, i use a 25% lye concentration. Yes of course i make a clarity test and zap test before proceeding. Both previous batches went well on that. Maybe i go down to a 80% OO - 20% CO, but no lower than...
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    Questions about dilution

    Hi there! Hope all of you are having a great time! :) I'm ready to try my 3rd try for liquid soap (90% OO - 10% CO, 25% lye, 1% superfat). My first attempt was the cooking method, diluted a bit at a time until i ended up with a great clear and honey thick consistency LS. I was thrilled for the...
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    Understanding crumbly soap

    Inadequate mixing is for sure the reason for the crumbly result. Just wanted to know why this is happening. Why when reaching trace after 24 hours unmolding it's like soft cheese, and when not reaching trace it's hard like rock. And it's zap free, so it's not because of excess lye.
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    Understanding crumbly soap

    Yes it is 100% olive oil, 2% superfat, 40% lye concentration. I make big batches and put in on a block mold. The batch is ok, as i've made it many many times in the past. The non trace is obviously the only difference and the factor for this crumbly result. I just need to know why non trace...
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    Understanding crumbly soap

    Hi there, I made a batch yesterday and pour into mold almost without trace at all. However it was well emulsified. My stick blender burned out a few days ago and had to blend with a paint mixer which makes hours for tracing a cold process castille soap. Next day while unmolding, all around the...
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    Can't get rid off bubbles in soap

    Hi again, After many tries, while changing stirrers, ways to pour lye or additives to oils, and ways to pour mixture to mold, i concluded that these white crystal spots appear in the mold withing the 24hour waiting period before unmolding. After searching on web from other soapmakers who have...
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    Can't get rid off bubbles in soap

    Hi Lin :) Well i've made a few batches since then, and managed to reduce them, but they are still there, fewer and smaller, but still there. I payed much attention while pouring lye to oils and other additives, and also lower the temperatures at 40 C degrees. Maybe the problem is happening...
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    Can't get rid off bubbles in soap

    Everything is possible in soapmaking :) But i think it's not that. I've checked it and it seems fine.
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