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    Is this ricing?

    Cool! I'm so clever!
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    Is this ricing?

    Wah! So much to learn! What a silly billy I am. Thank you!
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    Is this ricing?

    Thanks @KiwiMoose and @shunt2011 . I could well have soaped too cold (the plumber arrived the moment I'd finished stirring the lye into the water). I added salt and sugar and, actually, I usually add those to the water, but this time I only remembered as I was adding the oils and flung them in...
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    Is this ricing?

    Hi, I just umolded yesterday's batch and got this., Is it ricing? And can I do anything about it?
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    Hair soap and acne

    Thanks everyone. I ended up getting some SLS free, fragrance free, pH balanced, hypoallergenic (!!) shampoo for my daughter and it does seem to help. I'll check the label for citric acid. Who would have thought that could be a problem? I don't think we can get evenhealy here but I'm rapidly...
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    Hair soap and acne

    And they give you acne? Sorry to ask again but this could be useful info for us. I know what you mean about the threshold. Tofu is fine, soy sauce is fine, but not together! My cousin is the full bottle on this stuff, when I can see her again I'll have to ask her to show me her books. I saw her...
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    Hair soap and acne

    Thanks for your kind reply. Its funny how different things work for different people. My daughter's skin is healing! And surprisingly fast. Hurrah! We've tried every medication under the sun, except accutane. The only thing that has really worked is the pill. I was reluctant to give it to her...
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    Hair soap and acne

    Do the salicylates and amines make you break out? My daughter seems to be sensitive to amines, they give her headaches, but it's not a clear relationship. Some foods trigger it but others are OK. I hadn't really thought about them causing acne!
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    Hair soap and acne

    Hi, I know a lot of people make soap to wash their hair and a lot of people tell them that is a bad idea. I wanted to add an observation I've made. My daughter has been battling acne since she was 11. We finally got it under control about a year ago with the help of some medication but about...
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    It went rancid

    Thanks! I won't wait too long before making a decision on whether to ditch or not. I wonder if the different batches should be social-isolating to prevent the spread of contagion?
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    Taking too long to come to trace....and broke my stick blender

    Thanks! Today I hope I'll get to make the soap with the proper amount of water and scales that work. I'll try stirring first before resorting to the SB and see if that's feasible under the new conditions.
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    It went rancid

    Thank you again. I had a feeling that the rancidity had spread from bar to bar, but that sounded daft in my own head. :) I've kept notes about all the variations. Hopefully, I'll remember where my notebook is! This article led me to believe that HP soap cures faster...
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    It went rancid

    Thanks. I think my plan will be to let these three batches cure and if they are no good as Christmas time approaches (assuming there will be a Christmas this year) I'll ditch them and make some HP soap. The next batch I'll make with the proper proportions and superfat. I bought all new oils for...
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    It went rancid

    That's right...I'm replying to @gorio ....he called you a layman...I'm wondering what on earth that was based on and what makes him think he is a professional. (or she think she's a professionl)
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    It went rancid

    I was trying to stay out of this, even though the first patronising message was directed at me, but I can't help myself. In what sense are you an expert and in what sense is @shunt2011 a layman?
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    Taking too long to come to trace....and broke my stick blender

    So, as I posted in the "it went rancid" thread I started last year, I've just discovered my scales have been reading 7% low. Which wouldn't be too bad, but I used accurate scales to measure the lye. :beatinghead: Which means the lye was accurate but the water was 7% too much on top of 35% I...
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    It went rancid

    I've just realised something bad. My scales are out consistently by 7%. They read low. Which wouldn't be bad actually if I used the same scales for everything in the recipe but I used my tiny drug dealer scales to measure the lye, which are accurate, which means I have 7% + 5% superfat more fat...
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    Is this OK?

    Thanks!
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    Taking too long to come to trace....and broke my stick blender

    Oh right! That makes way less water!! I will use that new value for the next batch.
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    Taking too long to come to trace....and broke my stick blender

    I just burnt out my stick blender. Now I'm going to have to go out in the germs and get another one. I think I was blending for about 20minutes (at least) before the poor thing gave up the ghost. What am I doing wrong?
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