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  1. Baqn

    Adding essential oils & cloudiness

    Hallo @lsg , I am a little bit confused of that LS tutorials. Do you use boric acid or Borax to neutralize your soap? Everywhere they write 20% solution of Boric acid or 33% solution of Borax. How this is possible? The solubility limit of Boric acid at 25 degrees Celsius in water is about 5%...
  2. Baqn

    Adding essential oils & cloudiness

    Hallo Lima, 1. I am little bit confused. How it is one and the same soap in different times. You mean you have divided the batch into small jars and you added the EO to one of the immediately after dilution and to the other after several months? What have you tried to fix it? What were the...
  3. Baqn

    Rose absolute in CP soap - yay or nay?

    Strongly NAY! It definitely doesn't worth. Rose absolute is more expansive than gold and does not deserve to finish in soap :( Do not use even Rose Essential oil in soap. You can imitate Rose scent with Rose Geranium, Citronella, Palmarosa, Rosewood oils and maybe others.
  4. Baqn

    Honey transformation in soap

    @geniash one way of destruction of sucrose is breaking the link between glucose and fructose - right. That is the main problem of sugar production - to keep the sugar intact after treatment with calcium hydroxide (mild alkali). In strong alkaline conditions ways of degradation of sugar are more...
  5. Baqn

    Honey transformation in soap

    Nope. I will try substituting all honey I use in soap with something else. There are other options. I don't see any reason to keep using honey if there is no honey in the soap.
  6. Baqn

    Honey transformation in soap

    Same as you.
  7. Baqn

    Honey transformation in soap

    Sorry but I am not sure. Following the logic that hydoxyl groups are responsible for the action of sugars I suppose that smaller compounds with hydroxyl groups are supporting bubbles too. Lactic acid/sodium lactate is compound with hydroxyl group too. It is one of the products of the degradation.
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    Honey transformation in soap

    @TheGecko , under severity I mean harshness. Strong alkaline media like 50-40 even 20 % lye solution is very disrupting media for many compounds. Yes soaps have antibacterial properties because the molecule is not changed. Also process of saponification is well investigated. Same is with coconut...
  9. Baqn

    Honey transformation in soap

    @Kcryss I don't think I am ready to teach soapmaking. For the moment I collect the pieces.
  10. Baqn

    Honey transformation in soap

    @Kcryss It's not about the temperature only. The greatest problem in lye based soaps is the alkalinity. Ingredients should be stable in strong alkaline solution. I do mostly CP soap and the severity of the initial mixture is extreme. In HP soap making it is the same but degradation process is...
  11. Baqn

    Honey transformation in soap

    Fats react with lye but the hydrocarbon chain remain intact. It is not the same. You don't get new compounds with different molecule. Also reaction between fats and lye is very well known and without multiple compounds. You know that from oleic acid you get sodium oleate and so on. You don't...
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    Honey transformation in soap

    https://books.google.bg/books?id=NDnNCOG6RWcC&lpg=PP1&hl=bg&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false - starting from page 290 https://books.google.bg/books?id=xteiARU46SQC&lpg=PR1&hl=bg&pg=PR1#v=onepage&q=alkaline&f=false - at page 266 In an Organic chemistry book it is written: In presence of strong alkali...
  13. Baqn

    Honey transformation in soap

    I know what carboxylic acid is. I know most of them are not harmful to people but they are not monosaccharides, right. And I knew someone would pick precisely carboxylic acids from the list. Would you disagree that fructose and glucose undergo transformation in strong alkaline media?
  14. Baqn

    Honey transformation in soap

    Hallo guys! One topic is bothering me since I started adding honey to soap. What is happening to honey when we put it into the soap. Soap is everything else but not a gentle media for honey. I found many sources that say fructose and glucose are degraded in strong alkaline media (which is the...
  15. Baqn

    Superfat issue

    Well I can say dropping SF to 5% solved the problem with soft soap. Previous batches started already to harden but very slowly. Also it is a big fun to work with 50% lye solution :)
  16. Baqn

    Superfat issue

    Thank you @Dawni . As I can see most recipes with high OO are with no more than 6% SF. Usually 3-5% Almost enough. @Susie I use tap water but here the water is very soft and clean. It is mountain water. I don't have problem with scum. My recipe is very simple - 72% OO, 18% PO, 10% CO, 20%...
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    Superfat issue

    Dear @BattleGnome , thank you for spending time on my post. My soap is soft like ... hard cheddar. Initially I thought that it is because of Ginger or Orange oil but just the day before I made another batch with the same Orange EO there was no problem with the soap. Than I thought it should be...
  18. Baqn

    Superfat issue

    Hallo guys. Recently I made Bastile soap - 70% OO with 40% lye solution. I have made it before also but with 5-6 % SF instead of 8-9 % SF now. Soaps from my new batch are soft even after 2 weeks of curing and made with that strong lye solution. I also added SL at 1,0-1,5%. Also I read some...
  19. Baqn

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    @Dawni they are scratchy even now but that gives them authentic outlook. They look like real salt crystals. Next step is 100% salt but I want to check out first 50%. For the moment I don't feel any need to make 100% but we'll see. There is enough salt in 50% .
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Hi @Dawni . Thanks for nice words. I did second batch of Himalayan bars. I managed to cut them sooner than previous batch so they have even more clean edges. After a day or so first batch became rock solid, like a stone.
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