That's not a bad thing, ya know...Zany, so far white is all I know
I regularly use 1Tbsp PPO of sugar and I believe many others do as well. I have always read 1 teaspoon salt in 1 tablespoon sugar PPO.TheGecko
That's funny cause my wife told me I was stupid for making such small batches. I did notice my pure lard bar seems to be lasting longer then my lard, coconut, castor oil bar. I do get your point and my first five batches where 19.2 ounce batches cause it turned out to fit the shoe box I was using for a mold.
I do hate waste and I do really want something usable but also am just playing with stuff that I have access to. Since all my oils except castor and coconut are basically hand me downs, my real loss would be lye and sodium citrate if it turns out not usable. I made a new mold that dictated I up my batch to 30 ounces to use it and I figured I would take a chance with the extra ten ounces in individual molds for the heck of it. I do not want to throw it away but am going to only give it away if it works and so don't see much difference in the big picture except my family might get something if it works and won't is it don't.
The above is not to discount your very good point but more that I have made a few and feel that the risk of loss is not the end of the world though I hope for better. I am working with hard oils cause I don't have to go to the store and spend money to do so. Just trying to have fun with what I have access to. Please feel free to call me stupid on this and all my post cause that is where my experience level is and I do get real value out of your comments and hope to keep them coming. I even do listen sometimes.
Ps Up to now in previous batches I have been using one tbl sugar per twenty ounces of oil. I do not know where I came up with this but do know it came from this site and reading. I was a creature of habit and so have been just rinse and repeating since using it for the very first time.
A intensely gelled soap usually goes through most of the saponification reaction within, well, gel phase (a few hours). Plus, your recipe doesn't contain particularly slow-moving oils (olive or mid-linoleics like sunflower, canola, peanut). It is kind of expected for such a soap to be non-zappy after one day, and it doesn't tell much about superfat (though the hardness and the early lather test do: it sounds like you're on the safe side, i. e. no excessive superfat!).Wonder what this says this early about superfat.
Not interesting enough for me to try it though. Ha ha.More interesting would be a zap test on the ungelled soap
I think one of my fairly recent last batches has the center gelled and the outside not. I am watching it to see if it ever equalizes or not. Seems I read that sometimes they do equalize but it won't matter if it all works for soap. One thing for sure, there is a very marked difference in hardness in this batch between the two.Regardless if you zap-test it now, or not: It's very interesting to observe how gelled/ungelled soaps (out of the very same batter!) behave over time.
the grandkids might not even miss one
I'm sorry, I don't. Botanical or Spice Rack additives to color soap abound but the scents simply don't make it through the lye process.Got any scent ideals that are in the garden or kitchen though
You're most welcome!Thanks for the great suggestion.
I’m a big fan of soap bags for the bits and pieces of leftover soap. I make them out of washcloths, sisal, or hand knitted. They can probably be purchased, but where’s the fun in that? For gifts, the bags make a nice wrapping.Thanks all for the encouragement and advice along the way. I have no ideal what size I might like in the end on bars but am a utilitarian and mostly like what acts like soap when I use it. Since I have like 50 bars made so far, I am just hoping those I gift to feel the same.
I do know I made a few really small ones in some chocolate molds and my brother loves them but all that goes though my mind is use once and then the rest is waste. They are as small or smaller than hotel soap.
I had to run to walmart to pick up a black friday deal for my wife and while there bought 4 more lbs of armour lard and so can just keep right on trucking for a little longer or at least am not stopped if I get a wild hair in a bored moment to make more of something. Zany, so far white is all I know.