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I'm curious as to what temperatures everyone soaps with. I personally soap at around 110 degrees and fully gel.

I wonder if the 10 degree rule is followed by everyone or is it a personal choice?

Would really love some feedback on this!
 

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My magic number is 115. It seems that the batches that I have had problems with are higher or lower. I also fully gel.
 

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I soap at room temperature and I also do thermal transfer soaping, where the I use hot lye to melt my hard oils & butters.
How you do find the thermal transfer method? I've not heard of it until today. It sounds really interesting. Any no no's with this method?
 

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My magic number is 115. It seems that the batches that I have had problems with are higher or lower. I also fully gel.
I like 115 myself and you're right now that I think of it - I've not had any trouble with the 115 batches. I find reaching trace is easier at that temperature too.
 

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How you do find the thermal transfer method? I've not heard of it until today. It sounds really interesting. Any no no's with this method?
I like it. My recipes are high in olive oil & I use close to full water, so my batches take a long time to trace. Usually that's what I want so I can play with swirls & such. But sometimes when I'm not doing swirls, I want it to trace quicker, that's when I do thermal transfer.

I can't think of any no-no's off hand, except that if you use palm or cocoa butters in your recipe, it might not work. My hardest oils/butters are just coconut 76 & shea butter.
 

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I like it. My recipes are high in olive oil & I use close to full water, so my batches take a long time to trace. Usually that's what I want so I can play with swirls & such. But sometimes when I'm not doing swirls, I want it to trace quicker, that's when I do thermal transfer.

I can't think of any no-no's off hand, except that if you use palm or cocoa butters in your recipe, it might not work. My hardest oils/butters are just coconut 76 & shea butter.
I started a new thread about Thermal Transfer. It sounds fascinating!
 

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When I first started soaping, one of the very first recipes I read said to go 113. I did that and it worked perfectly. When I'm feeling lazy I might have one around 100 and one around 115...still no problem.
 

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Room temp.
I've never taken temps. Even before I did the RTCP method. Before then, I would just leave the oils and lye to sit until they were just warm to the touch of the outside of the bowl and I'd soap.
 

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I soap around room temp, but sometimes I get impatient and soap between 85-90. It usually works out better for me to soap at room temp because 1) I have kids and pets and stuff and so I get busy and hovering around my lye and taking temps isn't productive; and 2) because I usually want to swirl and working at room temp definitely affords me the chance to play around a little.
 

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I soap as close to room temp as I can get especially with goats milk soap. I never go over 85 degrees and have never had a problem. Thermal transfering sounds interesting. I would love to learn more about that genny
 

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I soap as close to room temp as I can get especially with goats milk soap. I never go over 85 degrees and have never had a problem. Thermal transfering sounds interesting. I would love to learn more about that genny
Honestly, it's not as interesting as the name makes it sound.
It's really just laziness on my part & using my hot lye water to melt my hard oils/butters. Really, it should be called Impatient CP Soaping.
 

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Honestly, it's not as interesting as the name makes it sound.
It's really just laziness on my part & using my hot lye water to melt my hard oils/butters. Really, it should be called Impatient CP Soaping.
I didn't know it had a name at all :thumbup:

No one ever told me I had to be all scientific about soaping. Except for the
MEASURE EXACTLY and DON'T PLAY WITH THE LYE parts. :-D
 

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I like soaping between 80 and 90 degrees, any lower and I have issues with stearic streaks. I like to use milk and EO that tend to evaporate away at high temps, so I tend to soap cool.
 

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I thought I posted this already but I don't see it on this thread. So here we go again and my apology if it's a double post that my phone isn't showing.

I let my lye water cool while I get ready so I can let my oils and lye water get around an even temperature. I thought hot lye water on cooler oils can cause a lye volcano. Thoughts?
 

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I thought I posted this already but I don't see it on this thread. So here we go again and my apology if it's a double post that my phone isn't showing.

I let my lye water cool while I get ready so I can let my oils and lye water get around an even temperature. I thought hot lye water on cooler oils can cause a lye volcano. Thoughts?
It's posted to another rtcp thread.
 

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I thought I posted this already but I don't see it on this thread. So here we go again and my apology if it's a double post that my phone isn't showing.

I let my lye water cool while I get ready so I can let my oils and lye water get around an even temperature. I thought hot lye water on cooler oils can cause a lye volcano. Thoughts?
I'd love to hear about the volcano possibility too!
 

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I have not been soaping long enough to have a set temperature that I use on a regular basis. I am starting to get my process down and it seems like I will be soaping between 90-100 F.
 
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