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  1. L

    Crystals precipitating from lyewater solution

    I'm occasionally having issues with the recipe I've been using for the last year or so. I've made this same recipe (with different FOs, sometimes no FO) about a dozen times, but I've had issues with it 3 of those 12 times. My process with the lyewater is: Dissolve non-iodized salt and citric...
  2. Vera S

    Re batching false trace soap

    hi everybody, i made soap yesterday, which ‘traced’ immediately after i poured the lye mixture ( lye with green tea and tumeric tea) wich i had chilled) into the oil mix (coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax) it turned into a thick pudding like consistency as soon as i...
  3. J

    Weird spots on solid conditioner

    Hey, guys! I've made this solid conditioner using my usual recipe, stored it in a cool, clean place, and less than 48 hours later it had those weird spots that, to me, look like a petri dish!! I used 10x orange essential oil and all the other solid conditioners I made the same day (with the...
  4. K

    Do these look like glycerin rivers?

    hi! More woes with scaling up to large batches of goat milk soap. Had great success with 62 lbs batch, but now at 110 lbs, it looks like this (see pic). Here’s the backstory: I’m using Shea butter, olive oil, and coconut oil. The oils were 95* Lye solution is 2% superfat mixed with frozen...
  5. B

    Foam explosion

    Hello! I’ve been making bath bombs for a while now but I’ve had the same issue with every one I’ve made- as soon as I put it in the water I get an initial poofy cloud of foam and color that floats on the surface unless I break it up. Is there a way to get rid of this? To make it so the bath bomb...
  6. P

    How to fix a smelly cold soap batch

    Hey all, We make cold process soap here and just some background info we also make and harvest our own coconut oil (both cold pressed virgin coconut oil (VCO) and normal heat processed coconut oil) as we live in the tropics. However over christmas someone left the virgin coconut oil in with...
  7. R

    Help/Troubleshooting my second batch: Rock hard solid in Crockpot after 25 minutes!

    Hello all! I've been lurking for a month or two while enjoying the fruits of my first amateur batch. My first batch was a CP that I converted to a HP recipe (CO/EVOO blend using oils I had on hand) and it turned out OK considering it was my first batch. I tried today to follow a recipe/formula...
  8. T

    Some advice for a new Bath Bomb maker - cracking bombs

    I started making them about 3 weeks ago and have been experimenting with my recipe and different ingredients nonstop since then. Ive ironed out a million mistakes so far, but now I'm having another issue! They pack and mold perfectly, fizz like a dream... but after they dry, they crack! Usually...
  9. S

    Loose Piped Top: Help?

    I have a few batches under my belt but definitely still a newbie. I made a standard-size loaf of cold process soap yesterday with a piped top. The batter was difficult: I think my fragrance oil was a super-accelerant and my batter was hardening faster than I could pour. I did get it into my...
  10. Zing

    What caused ridges, oil on top?

    I'm a new soaper with several great experiences. My most recent one was a problem and I'd like to know how to prevent this in the future. I poured using the thinnest trace yet. After pouring in the mold, it was the hottest soap yet and yellowish-orangeish oil appeared on the surface of the...
  11. H

    Help, colorant not mixing in water for bath bombs

    Hi, I've been making bath bombs for a year now and am having this problem for the first time. I typically make mine with citric acid, baking soda, coconut oil, essential oils, and food coloring from Kroger (like baking coloring) These all worked fine aside from the colors being dull sometimes...
  12. deebop

    almond milk soap is sticky? day 3!

    Im kinda confused!! this is my 6th batch of soap. i've done goats milk, and water based. the other day i went to the store and couldn't find any fresh goats milk so i opted for almond milk (unsweetened) just to try it out. so i used the Lye calc on brambleberry. the usual amount of coconut oil...
  13. KCupcake

    Green Soap!? Ah!

    Hi everyone! I'm EXTREMELY new to soap making and had just completed my first recipe a few days ago. Of course, this new experience brought on the feelings/thoughts of "Holy smokes! I made my first soap!!! I AM AWESOME!!!". Making the soap had a few of crap moments. I poured in accidentally 20g...
  14. S

    Magnesium stearate (lip balm) separation anxiety

    Is anyone out there working with magnesium stearate in lip balms or other products? I ask because my balms are behaving rather strangely. I've been working on a tinted lip balm. My balm base is satisfactory to me, (although it could be a little firmer, possibly). My main concern was color...
  15. L

    Mushy tallow

    I've made HP soap off and on for years and have always rendered my own tallow - almost always from pure suet. I just rendered a huge batch from a really large cow and it came out yellow and mushy! Not hard, not white like it always comes out. My question is why? This was truly just suet - no...
  16. incognitocat2

    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...
  17. S

    How long does it lip balm to harden?

    I just made some lip balm earlier today using (in descending order) 2.5 TBSP Coconut oil 2 TBSP Beeswax 1.5 TBSP Shea Butter 2 tsp Castor Oil 1/2 tsp Argan Oil just a teeny bit of Vitamin E oil some lip safe essential oils I thought putting them in the fridge would harden them up...
  18. M

    fd&c's...throw them out?

    Hi! These boards are amazing, thanks y'all for saving me time and money and keeping me from losing sleep about my soap fails- it's so easy to find out here what went wrong! Question: I have a few super concentrated fd&c pigment powders that I bought when I was a newbie from a food store (who...
  19. P

    Troubleshooting soap

    I made CP soap with the same recipe many times, and I need expert opinions from you guys in this forum because sometimes my soap turns like this (attached picture) with the same process and recipe. I thought at first it is because I am starting to master batch the recipe, but turns out it's...
  20. G

    Are these oil or maybe lye (!?) pockets? (photo)

    Hi Fellow Soapmakers, I’m fairly new to soap making and this is my 5th soap. I was hoping that some experienced and friendly soap makers could help me in identifying (and avoiding in future) the main problem with my soap - semi transparent pockets of something that looks like melt and pour...
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