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pacmarrin

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I just made a 5-lb CP batch: Olive Oil (20 oz), Coconut Oil (25 oz), Avocado Oil (8 oz), Castor Oil (5 oz.), Distilled water (18 oz.), 8.1 oz lye (5% superfat), and at the end, just before pouring it in the mold added 4 tablespoons of honey and a splash of anise essential oil. Anyway, the only thing different on this recipe from the last time I made it is the addition of the honey. The last time came out quite well (if I do say so myself, lol). This time, I did a "touch of the tongue" and got quite a zap, again just before pouring it in the mold (wrong time to "taste test?) One other thing, the oils were 110 degrees and the lye/water about 100 when I mixed. Any ideas what went wrong? The only difference was the honey. I'm still pretty new at this. Thanks in advance! Dave :?:
 

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For cold process soap, wait until you unmold the soap and cut the bars to do the zap test. Some people wait a couple of days.
 

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I do not gel my soaps and they will zap until the magic 72 hrs is up, then they just stop zapping! Never test when just poured, even gelled soap will still zap
 

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Yes, you will always get a zap on CP soap before molding. Like others said it takes a couple of days for zap to disappear (if all is well in the recipe). HP soap should be zap tested before pouring as it is a different creature.
 
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