I am trying to be patient, but I'm wondering where I am going wrong. My natural colorants are beautiful powders, but I'm having lots of trouble with my soaps coming out very soft, and I wonder if it's because of the added colorants? I have been adding them directly into my soap batter, versus using the colors that I am steeping (which I will be trying out in the near future. I'm not sure where I am going wrong. My oils are 55% Pomace, 5% castor, 20% coconut, and 20% palm. I have been sf at 7% lately, which I never used to before, but would the 2% difference really be why it's softer? :sad: It's so soft that once I cut them, I can take the trimmings and squeeze them into a nice squishy ball (I'm on my lunch break so I can't post pictures). Perhaps I need to water discount, I am using the regular 38%.