How to improve the fluidity of my soap?

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I'm planning on making Marseille soap soon, using the boiling process, and I'm wondering how to make the consistency as fluid and uniform as this .
 

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If you really are making a BOILED soap, the fluidity shown in the photo is something that is normal.

If you are using a HOT PROCESS method, be aware it's not at all the same as the boiled process. If you want HP soap to be that fluid, just use more liquid. And expect a lot of shrinkage and deformation of the soap during the cure.
 

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I tried a trial run of making this soap using the boiled method a couple of weeks ago. It didn't turn out right with the curds separating every time I stirred them and the soap when set was too crumbly. Also the curds weren't as fluid as this with the curds being pretty thick as if I used hp.
 

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Use less salt or less NaOH when graining out the soap, so more water is left in the soap layer.
 

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Use less salt or less NaOH when graining out the soap, so more water is left in the soap layer.
Do you have a recipe using the boiling method so I can follow it when making this soap? Also how much less lye should I use?
 
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No, I don't. The boiled method is not something that can be taught in a simple tutorial or recipe.

Consider using an HP method with the lye discount set to zero or a slight negative amount (-2% or so) That is a rough approximation of a boiled soap, although the glycerin is retained in the HP soap.
 
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No, I don't. The boiled method is not something that can be taught in a simple tutorial or recipe.

Consider using an HP method with the lye discount set to zero or a slight negative amount (-2% or so) That is a rough approximation of a boiled soap, although the glycerin is retained in the HP soap.
Should I also add more water?
 

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"...Should I also add more water? ..."

Do you mean when using an HP method to simulate a boiled method? If so, adding extra water will give you the fluidity you are looking for. As I explained before, the extra water will also cause your finished soap to shrink and deform more. It's a tradeoff.

In a boiled soap making method, the soap pot should already contain an excess of water. In that case, more water won't accomplish anything so the answer is no.
 

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