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I master batch oils and butters in the same way. I tried with lye but find it is then too cold and I get stearic spots. I warm the oils in the microwave but what to do about cold lye?
I would say to put your measured lye in a bowl or pan of water at the temp you want it to be. Or maybe a few seconds in the microwave though I have NO CLUE how benign or dangerous that would be...maybe others could chime in.
 

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I actually tried for a specific outcome instead of a happy accident, was very scientific and focused and disciplined (very against my nature) and I got the color I was trying for: pink. It is colored with rhubarb root infused oilve oil and has 9 oils in all, everything but the olive is one of the whiter ones. I reduced the infused oil to 10% of my last try and put it in the fridge to get a lighter color. Such a departure from my throw-it-together approach. Thanks everyone for the inspiration. I used a Tea Tree/Geranium EO blend at 2.5% usage. Oh, and a new mold, took out the silicone and lined with paper. Yay, I want a brownie button.

Added cut photo the next morning, was so afraid it would morph or partial gel or something like that, but it is OK!
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Wow, truly a stunning color! Very pretty.

I have been working with chocolate for my Christmas recipes. Here are chocolate mint and chocolate orange (uncut).
They look fabulous! 🙂
 

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I made my first (and only) Pine Tar Soap. I say only because im allergic to pine. But it was a special request from a friend. So i risked my life and made it lol.

Added pine fo, pumice, and AC. I think it looks pretty. I love black soap. I used @DeeAnna method of splitting the oils in half...one just for the lye solution, and the other half got all of the other stuff before i combined the two. I cant wait to cut 044776A0-9DB5-4E86-B562-22B95CEE5438.jpeg
 

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@Jersey Girl thank you, I am better. I’m pretty sure it was usual leaf allergies. Hubs had just come in from blowing off the roof and gutters, and then mowing up all the leaves to dump them in the compost. Gets me every time!

Re: master-batching lye - do it! Changed my whole soaping game. I soap more and enjoy it more bc I don’t have to plan around the lye.

Since I almost always use a 40% lye concentration, that’s what I mix up, and that’s what I put in the soap calculator. No math to do other what is needed to make the big batch (which, as you can see, is more than enough for me). 😅
Hope you feel better soon! Allergies are no joke.
I feel like I can’t master batch my lye because I add sugar to my water. It really helps with the bubbles because I use very low CO.

I didn’t plan on making soap tonight. I was supposed to be packing for a trip. But I got into my stash of soap dough and did an experiment, then i just HAD to see how it worked. I had all the ingredients prepped and went ahead and put the embed into a loaf. We’ll see if it looks silly, or if it resembles what I hope it will.
Got a new anti fatigue mat. Yay! Carpet in a soaping area is a BAD idea!!! Also, going to try the blue shop towels. They “absorbe oil”! Also, a big bottle of lavender EO. Yay!
 

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@TashaBird doing better today, thank you!

Part of the reason I do such a strong lye concentration is that I do like to add sugar to all my soaps. To do that with master-batched lye solution, I use 2 T hot water to dissolve every 1 T sugar that I'm using for my batch. You could probably do less, but that works for me. I add my clays to the now-warm sugar water, and then add EOs to that. Stick-blend it all into the oils before adding the MB lye solution.

You can do it that way, or you can do the 50-50 master-batch, so there is always more water to add, so you can always dissolve your sugar. Hope that makes sense?
 

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@TashaBird doing better today, thank you!

Part of the reason I do such a strong lye concentration is that I do like to add sugar to all my soaps. To do that with master-batched lye solution, I use 2 T hot water to dissolve every 1 T sugar that I'm using for my batch. You could probably do less, but that works for me. I add my clays to the now-warm sugar water, and then add EOs to that. Stick-blend it all into the oils before adding the MB lye solution.

You can do it that way, or you can do the 50-50 master-batch, so there is always more water to add, so you can always dissolve your sugar. Hope that makes sense?
This part still boggles my mind. I may revisit this when I’m not so tired.
 

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Well, I'll simplify it and say that you can MB your lye at any concentration you like.

Using a little extra water to dissolve some sugar is like adding a little extra oil to disperse your colorants. Ain't no big thang. ;)
 

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I feel like I can’t master batch my lye because I add sugar to my water. It really helps with the bubbles because I use very low CO.
I use sugar, too, and use a 50/50 mb lye concentration as well. Here's my process:
*measure out liquid
*add sugar to liquid
* measure out necessary 50/50 mb lye solution
*add lye solution to liquid/sugar solution
*stir to combine

The whole solution will heat up so plan ahead.
 

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Made three batches of soap, including Try #3 for this month's challenge. My hand bobbled on two of the colors, so I'm expecting to see some drop-swirl action in between the shimmies. Ah well. The other two were confetti soaps with a fruity FO. They are all tucked in for the night, and I'm looking forward to some cutting fun tomorrow. :)

I also sorted and organized my soap cabinet and the FOUR de-stash boxes from @cmzaha. To summarize, my soaping supplies are no longer limited to the big soap cabinet; they can also be found in the big entry credenza, the spare bedroom closet, and some of the garage shelving. That doesn't include the slab mold, grid cutter, and single-wire cutter that are sitting out on the table waiting to be listed for sale. 😆
 

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Made three batches of soap, including Try #3 for this month's challenge. My hand bobbled on two of the colors, so I'm expecting to see some drop-swirl action in between the shimmies. Ah well. The other two were confetti soaps with a fruity FO. They are all tucked in for the night, and I'm looking forward to some cutting fun tomorrow. :)

I also sorted and organized my soap cabinet and the FOUR de-stash boxes from @cmzaha. To summarize, my soaping supplies are no longer limited to the big soap cabinet; they can also be found in the big entry credenza, the spare bedroom closet, and some of the garage shelving. That doesn't include the slab mold, grid cutter, and single-wire cutter that are sitting out on the table waiting to be listed for sale. 😆
I will buy the slab mold if you ate selling it 😊
 

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Forgot to mention earlier that I was actually conducting a soaping class for some very interested students. As you can see from the pic, we observed all COVID safety protocols by having them remain behind a thick glass shield.




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I would say to put your measured lye in a bowl or pan of water at the temp you want it to be. Or maybe a few seconds in the microwave though I have NO CLUE how benign or dangerous that would be...maybe others could chime in.
Thank you for your reply. Yeah, I figured microwave would be dangerous. If I need to wait for it to warm up in a bowl of water then I can just as easily wait for it to cool down if I make it fresh.
does cold lye work for you? Any problems with stearic spots?
 

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Holy soap on a stick. I just had the craziest soap experience in my life. I have had some batches go bad but this just went totally tits up. I was making a custom batch for a customer that wanted honey and beeswax added and a custom scent I had to design. They wanted two colors, blue on the bottom and orange on the top. Everything was going ok until I split the batch and added the color and suddenly both batches just seized like an engine out of oil. I threw both batches each in a pot and added some water and was trying to stir both soaps and suddenly the blue batch starts erupting out of the pot. Hot soap all over the stove. I got the orange off the heat and the blue over to the sink and blue soap is bubbling everywhere. I beat it into submission and then put it back on low and stirred til my arm almost fell off and it finally came together enough for me to pour it in the mold. Then I started on the orange one which did fine until the orange turned brownish orange so no brilliant sunset color. Then when it was ready I poured it into the mold but it pushed the blue up the sides but I did get it all in. I definitely can't give this to the customer but maybe someone else will want it. It's definitely a rustic looking soap now. I've used honey before but never beeswax. I don't think I will ever do that again.
 

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Thank you for your reply. Yeah, I figured microwave would be dangerous. If I need to wait for it to warm up in a bowl of water then I can just as easily wait for it to cool down if I make it fresh.
does cold lye work for you? Any problems with stearic spots?
Don't microwave the lye. It will make a mess in your microwave and possibly melt the container.
 

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