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I poured my first soap batch into the mold about 2 hours ago! I am so excited about making soap. I used a simple Crisco soap recipe. I hope this turns out. I can't wait to make some more!
 

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Gosh.......now I am excited for you! Be sure to keep us updated!

Digit
 

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This is the hard part. Now you have wait. . . . and wait. . . .

Congrats on taking the plunge. My first batch is finally done and it is SO nice to use your own soap!
 

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Wahoo!

One day after my first batch of CP soap came... my first batch of HP soap! I realized that I could not wait an entire month to find out what home made soap was all about.

-Karen
 

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JumpinKaren said:
Wahoo!

One day after my first batch of CP soap came... my first batch of HP soap! I realized that I could not wait an entire month to find out what home made soap was all about.

-Karen
This. I couldn't wait either.

Congratulations!
 

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Well, I didn't let it set for 24 hours, it was more like 11. I took it from the mold, and cut it. The soap is still pretty soft, and the box I cut it in, is pretty greasy. Is this normal? Here is a picture of it. How long will it take before it starts to harden up? This is as soft as the crisco was. Any suggestions are welcome.


 

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They look beautiful!!! So is your little peeker. :lol:

As far as being soft, depending on the ingredients and water %, it will harden over time as it cures and dries.

I can not say for sure about the "greasy" film on the box. Double check your calculations. Could it simply just be wet from the soap? Is it lye or un-incorporated oils? If you know it is not lye, give it a day or two to dry a bit. JMHO - Might want to put it on something besides cardboard that will not wick from the soap.

Congrats again!!

Digit
 

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digit said:
They look beautiful!!! So is your little peeker. :lol:

As far as being soft, depending on the ingredients and water %, it will harden over time as it cures and dries.

I can not say for sure about the "greasy" film on the box. Double check your calculations. Could it simply just be wet from the soap? Is it lye or un-incorporated oils? If you know it is not lye, give it a day or two to dry a bit. JMHO - Might want to put it on something besides cardboard that will not wick from the soap.

Congrats again!!

Digit
Thanks! The recipe is 3 lbs of Crisco, 16 oz water, and 6 oz of lye. I will find something else to put the soap in. Would a plastic container work?
 

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That is going to be a soft bar and your superfat is a bit high at 7% for the numbers. In my opinion, that is. But I am no soap guru.

A plastic container would be fine, providing that the greasy areas are indeed not lye. BUT the idea is to have air flow around the bars. I use plastic trays (with a wax paper liner) that have short slotted sides from the dollar store, like you would put in the junk drawer if you are the organized type. :lol: Then flip the bars every couple of days.

Digit

Edited to add: Or just line the box with freezer paper and space the bars on their narrow end. :D
 

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