- Apr 5, 2017
- Reaction score
Have you tried steaming the top of your soap? I followed the recommendation from someone else here, and steam works beautifully on most soaps. You could try just using a steam iron on a couple of bars to see if you like the effect. (Just the steam, not the iron!)Hello everyone, I am back with a full report!
The spots on the soap I initially posted here still ooze when I open them up. It does indeed look like caramel. I tested the pH of the oozing liquid, alone as well as diluted in water, and they both yield 10, so at least they aren't dangerous. I will keep an eye on potential mold in the future, I'm not yet sure how the soap will behave.
I decided to buy new honey, fresh acacia honey that is still liquid, so it would be easier to work with.
I made a small test batch. I made half a pound of soap and I diluted 1 tsp of honey in 1 tsp of warm water and added it at trace. The batter was nice and smooth, and as you see, no specks in sight:
View attachment 73654
I then thought, "must have been the honey", and so using the new one, I decided to make my usual bigger batch with one of the methods you guys suggested, namely adding honey to the oils before the lye solution. And... the specks were back:
View attachment 73655
This made me think that despite the second honey being better than the first one, the problem always lay in the method I used to add it to the batter.
If I add the honey alone at trace, it may not disperse properly depending on its thickness and how quickly the batter reaches trace.
If I add it to the lye water, it turns dark red and so does my soap.
If I add it to the oils before the lye solution, I get specks.
The perfect solution, at least in my case, seems to be dispersing the honey in warm water and adding it at trace. In my latest attempt, I used 2 tsp honey which I dispersed in 2 tsp warm water. The batter was so pretty, I wish it could stay this shiny, wet honey color.
View attachment 73656
After going through the gel phase, the outside reaches a light creamy color and the inside a honey look:
View attachment 73658View attachment 73659
I hope this will be able to help any new soapmaker who encounters one of the possible issues.
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to read my post and give me advice!
I have a light weight steamer that isn’t very user friendly, and you just reminded me it’s time to upgrade. I’m looking at this one on Amazon.