Liquid Soap buttercream?

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desiredcreations

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During my second batch of liquid soap a thick layer of foam developed. No matter how long I heated the batch, gently folded, added more water, KOH or oil, the layer persisted. I turned off the crock pot and let the batter sit overnight. Next day, the layer was still there, so I scooped it off and set it aside. The remaining liquid soap was transparent and fine.
But the foam persisted.

I tested sample portions with extra water, KOH and oils. No change. Having given up on converting the foam into a liquid, I whipped the foam, scooped it into a cake pan. It sat for a couple of weeks, remaining soft, like whipped butter. It looks like buttercream. I can't handle that appearance. I'll want to eat the whipped soap foam or make real buttercream frosting and eat it. :)

Someone in this forum suggested using rubbing alcohol to decrease the foam. I tried 70%. It worked! Surprisingly, it took about an hour for the foam to dissolve back into liquid soap.

Question: Does anyone know what could the excessive foam in the first place?
 

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Quite a bit more rubbing alcohol mixed into the reheated 'buttercream'. Had the transfer it into a larger pot; added dissolved borax and extra water. Finally, I recaptured that liquid soap from the 'buttercream'. Now, I won't be tempted to eat it.
 

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I'll want to eat the whipped soap foam or make real buttercream frosting and eat it.
I had the exact same reaction when I saw that pic! YUM!!!
Someone in this forum suggested using rubbing alcohol to decrease the foam. I tried 70%. It worked!
I have a bottle of 70% isopropyl alcohol, with sprayer, at the ready whenever I make LS.
Question: Does anyone know what could the excessive foam in the first place?
Without a crystal ball,
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your guess is as good as mine. 😁
On the other hand. Faith at Alaiyna B Blogspot has a good tutorial with pictures that you can review.

Check out her TIPS & TECHNIQUES too.

We would need to see a printout of your formula (please) before troubleshooting.
 
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