The recipe called for avocado butter and that's what I used.I too think it looks like it overheated on the bottom. Did you use Avocado Butter or Avocado Oil? Which did the recipe call for? Also, as others stated, you must run all recipes throught a lye calculator regardless where you got it from. Errors can happend. Welcome to soapmaking!
I am positive now that overheating is my problem. I have the 12 cavity silicon mold. The bars that were in the middle all have the burned bottoms and up the sides so I'm expecting that when I cut in to them they will be overheated all the way across but will stop about 1" from the top where the outsides look smooth. The 5 that I had in the outer cavities only have the messy stuff on one side and the outer side is smooth and pretty. I might be able to salvage them with a shave. Thanks for the advice on what to use!!! I am not sure if the blade of my veggie peeler is SS or not. If it's not caustic any more do I still need to worry about that? I guess it still could cause DOS right?
Well thank you ALL so much for your input!!! I am quite confident it's the heating pad I used and next time if individual bars, I won't heat at all but will cover and try that, or maybe the just 100 degree oven. Your tips have been soooo helpful!!!
Thanks for the welcome and hopefully my next batch will be totally right! I did calibrate my scale last night and it was dead on so I also know that was not my problem. I need to work harder at mixing my colorant, esp. the rose clay in water mixture, the all in all, I'm thinking this batch wasn't as bad as I though!