Hello again everyone and thank you for helping me out. :wave:
I've been soaping alot since the last time i checked in here and i'm back with a whole bunch of new knowledge but also an equal amount of questions...
Let's start out here:
So, as anyone might be able to figure out there has been alot of experiments. I mean ALOT. First of all: I'm so inpatient at times that i make myself angry. I want to try an additive, so i try it. In a new recipe. In a new mold. With a new fragrance. And four new colours. I'll get to that in a while.
First question: I decided to try a soap made of 100% coconut (20% overfat). I also wanted to give swirling a go. The batter turned quite thick (no surprise there) but i managed to handle it pretty well. It turned out far better than expected and i was kind of happy with it. I made 1000g and used blue aquamarine and black iron oxide.
So, i decided to do another batch. This time i had only 915 grams of coconut oil. I used the same EO, but chromium green for color. I poured it in the same mold as the first one and covered it with the same lid as the first one.
This time i only blended until it emulsified, because it got so thick the last time i figured it would buy me some extra time.
I went to unmold it about 3-4h later - wise from the first one, but i couldn't. I noticed that the parts with the darkest green looked a bit grainy/bubbly.
I managed to unmold it eventually, but i couldn't really cut it. As i was trying i could basically see the soda ash appear before my eyes. It's really mean and it's deep.
I could cut it about 1,5 days later. Today it's hard as a brick. The soda ash is so deep i can't get it off even with cutting.
Did i not mix properly? Oils and lye were combined at approx. the same temperatures.
The first batch that i was so happy with - noticed today that it stains. The lather is sligthly dark, it doesn't stain cloths but it does stain the sink.
I have alot more of questions and thoughts, but i think i'll stop here for now.
Thanks in advance!