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TahoeBathCo

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Yes, it’s only Tuesday. And yes I want to restart my week.

was super excited to start my week yesterday with a beautiful wood grain soap to only realize AFTER I poured into my mold that I forgot 14 oz of coconut oil that was in my recipe. A total waste!

Shook that off and kept going. Onto second batch. My oatmeal and honey soap. Poured it and it was so pretty! INLY to my demise, I woke up to this! 🤦🏻‍♀️😫.

can I start over? Please?
 

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Oh no! :eek: I hate when that happens! On a more positive note, if you have a planer, it's possible to make your oatmeal honey soap quite presentable.

How do you add your honey to your batch? I ask, because I have a surefire way of adding it that prevents overheating from ever occurring: dilute it with just enough water to thin it out a little and add it directly to your room temp lye solution. A fellow soaper gave me that tip years ago and it has never failed me yet. It so powerfully prevents overheating that I actually have to CPOP my honey soap to get it to gel completely.


IrishLass :)
 

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I added it to my oils. I will try your suggestion next time. After thinking about it, I may be able to save most of the soap if I cut it differently. It’s still soft due to high olive oil content so hopefully tomorrow will be the day I find out if it’s salvageable.

This is the underneath of my soap. Carmelized/burnt honey. Should I rebatch?
 

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Oh no! :eek: I hate when that happens! On a more positive note, if you have a planer, it's possible to make your oatmeal honey soap quite presentable.

How do you add your honey to your batch? I ask, because I have a surefire way of adding it that prevents overheating from ever occurring: dilute it with just enough water to thin it out a little and add it directly to your room temp lye solution. A fellow soaper gave me that tip years ago and it has never failed me yet. It so powerfully prevents overheating that I actually have to CPOP my honey soap to get it to gel completely.


IrishLass :)
Does your lye solution turn red when you do that? If so does it effect your color very much?
 

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The lye turns a dark burnt orange color, but my finished soap turns out a nice honey color, as shown below. My below batch contains 2 tablespoons honey ppo (mixed into room temp lye solution), and the soap has been fully gelled:

IMG_3185HoneyBeeswaxSoapII640.JPG


IrishLass :)
 

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I added it to my oils. I will try your suggestion next time. After thinking about it, I may be able to save most of the soap if I cut it differently. It’s still soft due to high olive oil content so hopefully tomorrow will be the day I find out if it’s salvageable.

This is the underneath of my soap. Carmelized/burnt honey. Should I rebatch?
If it were my soap, I would rebatch it. For what it's worth, if you mix the honey into the lye in your future batches, those honey spots on the bottom of your soap will be a thing of the past.


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Have you ever tried powdered honey? Adding it to your oil instead of the lye water.
 

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@IrishLass I can't even put into words how jealous I am of your beveling! I hope you kneel down and thank the Soap Gods for shining their light on you (instead of cursing them, like I do lol!)
 

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@IrishLass I can't even put into words how jealous I am of your beveling! I hope you kneel down and thank the Soap Gods for shining their light on you (instead of cursing them, like I do lol!)
If you get yourself one of these, you will curse no more. That's the awesome tool I use for beveling. :)


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Thx, @IrishLass That's the one I wanted, but the one I got has just a flat cutter for beveling and doesn't make the pretty edges you get with yours. I'm gonna have to be a really good girl for the rest of the year and hope Santa will trick me out lol!
 

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Yes, it’s only Tuesday. And yes I want to restart my week.

was super excited to start my week yesterday with a beautiful wood grain soap to only realize AFTER I poured into my mold that I forgot 14 oz of coconut oil that was in my recipe. A total waste!

Shook that off and kept going. Onto second batch. My oatmeal and honey soap. Poured it and it was so pretty! INLY to my demise, I woke up to this! 🤦🏻‍♀️😫.

can I start over? Please?
Oh my.. yes please hit rewind and start again..
 

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