- Nov 14, 2013
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Wow- that sounds very unusual for an all-olive oil soap. At least compared to the slow way my own all-olive batches behave. Were you using pomace olive oil by any chance? I've never used pomace olive oil myself, but I've heard it can make things move much quicker than other olive oils.
Thanks for your reply. The olive oil used was good quality from a reputable soaping supplier in New Zealand. I did discount the water to 35 instead of 38, and the superfat from 5 to 3. It was a cold damp day, but I had my heaters on inside and it was warm.
The only thing that has crossed my mind is maybe the lye water was still too hot, maybe (I forgot to take the temps of oils and lye water before adding them together). But it sure was a surprise!
i did castile with pomace a few times, and all went normal, no funky stuff, no surprises. another time was the "super lye castile" with -40%SF, the lye water was stinking hot and also there was no curdling whatsoever.
was it the lye? did you do any other batch with the same lye?
a 35 water discount is not that steep, so i don't think it's the water.
hmmmm... i'm confused myself..