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  1. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    I won't put too fine a point in it, but to quote the article by amy on the soap challenge club. Here’s a new tip: No matter which method you use to blend – whether it is using a stick blender or a whisk, check the temperature of the soap batter when you first combine the oils and lye. As soon...
  2. rdc1978

    Today’s soap thing is a CP that’s stuck in gel mode

    I've repurposed Amazon boxes as slab molds and I love it. I love the idea of reusing things destined for the trash. I cut off the outside flaps, cut out the inside flaps, reinforce the seam and line with freezer paper. The extra cardboard can be used for other things.
  3. rdc1978

    Gardener's soap

    This soap is so pretty, and what a professional cut!!!!!
  4. rdc1978

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I'm so excited for you! And for me! Looking at your photos gets me all hyped! Mine is arriving tomorrow!
  5. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    What I said was that 93 degrees was a more accurate representation of a starting temperature since it reflected on the surface what was occuring below the surface. Since the thermometer measured only the surface, it was important to get a starting temp that reflected what was occuring below...
  6. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    I believe the lye causes the ability to stabilize the emulsion, but doesnt cause the emulsion itself. Without a stabilizing agent such as lye the oil and water would separate, because that is the most efficient energy state for the molecules. It's my understanding as well that once emulsion...
  7. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    Have you checked? A one degree change in temperature would be hard to feel. Salad dressing is also a bit different as the emulsion isn't stable and when left alone the molecules return to the state that requires the least energy, namely they separate back into oil and water because existing as...
  8. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    The process of emulsification requires the molecules to expend energy for one to become suspended in the other. That expension of energy causes heat. Expending energy always causes heat. Which explains the degree change in temperature from when the molecules are not emulsified from when they...
  9. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    Which is why I tested it. And just because not everyone is doing something doesn't mean it's not true. Particularly if the prevailing wisdom is to eschew and reject any potential new knowledge or methodology. So if someone who isn't quite sure when or if they have gotten to emulsion wants...
  10. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    I'd agree that it's probably unnecessary work, but the information is there for those who want it. LOL, frankly, every single thing about soaping is unnecessary, IMO. But I enjoy it and even this experiment was fun for me. However I wouldn't expect anyone who has soaped for 17 years to need...
  11. rdc1978

    The "One Recipe" Theory - Question

    I'm not OP, but in her defense, if you're new to soapmaking and you get a book and you haven't gone super in depth you kinda expect that those recipes are sound. My only soap book is one by Kelly Cable. She was the soaper and I wasn't, so I relied on her recipes. As I've come to look at...
  12. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    Yes, that's why a more accurate measure of what the starting temperature of the oils and lye were better measured when i agitated them a bit to mirror on the surface what was happening below....namely the reactions between the molecules that would cause the heat. As the batter is stick...
  13. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    So, I actually tested this today after work. Basically, when I poured the lye into the oils the surface temp was 92. I stirred it a bit because I figured that the 92 was just the surface temp of the oils. The temperature after agitating the lye with the oil (a little stirring) was 93...
  14. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    What I'd say is that it's possible that just sitting on the bottom of the bowl, the lye water hasn't really combined with the oil. The process of mixing the two together and incorporating the two would possibly cause an increased number of reactions between the molecules creating increased...
  15. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    While I'm not a scientist, separate, the oil and lye water will continue to cool. It's possible that the reaction of the lye and oil molecules coming together would be a chemical reaction that would cause an increase in heat. But, its possible a scientist could tell me different. I only...
  16. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    Thanks for the reply, I wasn't sure if this was popular knowledge . If I have time during lunch I think I'm going to try to test it!
  17. rdc1978

    Getting from emulsion to very light trace

    So, I'm attaching this article I just read to see if anyone else can verify. The writer said that you can check the temperature of your batter just after you add the our water and when the temperature goes up exactly one degree, you're reached emulsion. Is this true? Is this conventional...
  18. rdc1978

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Hooray! Cutter buddies!
  19. rdc1978

    The "One Recipe" Theory - Question

    I think the idea is that there is room in the tent for multiple recipes and approaches to formulation. There is likely no one "right recipe" or "perfect recipe" for everyone and for some people it needn't be very complicated and there can be a number or variables. I'm not sure if I used his...
  20. rdc1978

    The "One Recipe" Theory - Question

    There is a soaper on YouTube "thesoapman" I think. He makes beautiful soaps and is an experienced soapmaker. He doesn't sell his soap, but gives it to the homeless. He is great and always happy to share and interact. And he has a super soothing voice. Anyways, I think I asked him what a...
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