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Angezzz

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What is everyone's experiences with vanilla stabilizer? I tried it today (CPOP). Just curious. I have read some pretty scary things about it.
 

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Ineffective over the long haul. It will delay, but not eliminate, browning.

Save your money. Embrace the brown. Use it as a design element by only scenting part of the batch.
 

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I agree with Susie. My experience is it doesn't last long term. Also, its expensive. Adds to the cost quite a bit. I do exactly as suggested and don't scent a portion of my soap and color that. However, if your FO causes a really dark brown, sometimes it can overtake you colored portion some
 

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You can easily work with dark coloring fo's by separating out batter and adding various amounts of fo the separated batters, leaving one unscented. It can actually make a pretty soap. You can also use some bright yellows, greens and pinks in a portion of the batter and they will stand out against the brown. Neons work great also for adding a bright swirl in dark brown
 

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I've had really good experiences with the one that I buy from Bittercreek North. Granted, I've only ever used it with 2 different FOs so far that only discolor to a medium tan/light brown color (Santa's Pipe from Sweet Cakes and Sugared Spruce from WSP), but my batches that I've made with the stabilizer (which I colored white with TD) have remained a stark white color for at least a year, which works out great if you know your soap will get used up within a year.

I use an equal amount of the stabilizer as per the weight of my FO, and I add the stabilizer in with my fats/oils (instead of mixing it with the FO first). I mention that, because that was the advice given to me from other soapers who had experience working with it. They said I would get the best results mixing it into the batch that way, and so far, their advice has worked out very well for me. One of these days I need to try it out on one of my FOs that goes really dark brown, and see how it fares.


IrishLass :)
 

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It has worked for a while for me, but the soap gradually darkens.
 
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