Hello all, I've recently started soapmaking and run into trouble namely that I simply cannot get to trace no matter how much I try. I use specific recipe metrics with adequate lye and no saponification. I use an electric whisk rather than a stick blender but surely that would not be a cause, would it? It does whip up a storm in the container! The only other causes I'm wondering are the Lye solution which does mix and heat up but does stay cloudy no matter how much mix it, could that be due to hard water where I am? The recipe I use is 300g coconut oil, 700g sunflower oil, 135g NAOH, 300g water. I made an earlier batch minus the coconut oil which also did not seem to trace but i moulded anyway and it is hardened but still a very soft bar. Any help on getting to trace would be appreciated!