Too much Mica?

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  1. Feb 24, 2020 #1

    Frenchy-C

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    Hello fellow soapers,

    So these bars started crumbling at the edges where the Micas are more saturated. B831AB4A-2A31-4DC3-884E-CF72411877F4.jpeg

    It is not Lye heavy.
    There was a bit of Soda Ash, but this is different.
    Anyone had this happen before.
     
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    You might want to post your recipe and the measurements of the micas you used. It would make troubleshooting a little easier. Judging from the pic, the soap probably over heated a bit but I think a better experience soaper can confirm that. I am still learning micas.
     
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    Yep, I've had that happen. When I first started using micas I got a little over enthusiastic with them because they are sooo pretty! Where the mica was too dense in my swirls it would get crumbly. It took me a while to find the right balance for vivid swirls without the oversaturation of mica.
     
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    Thank you.
    Lesson learned.
     
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    Your soap is very pretty!
     
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    Such beautiful colors❤️.
     
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    I love the colors! They look great. :)
     
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    If only the middle colors didnt crumble...
    Will try it again...
     
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    It looks like stearic mottiling to me. What were your temps and what hard oils do you use? Usually I get it when I soap too cool for my recipe, or when I under blend. Your colors do not look that saturated that I would think there is too much mica in there. One thing you will notice if you use too much mica is that your lather will take on color.
     
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    I agree with Megan. I don’t think it’s the mica. it could be not mixing to a thick enough trace. The stearic spots and swirls require higher soaping temps to avoid.
     
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