Some oil/ honey pooled on top I hope will reabsorb before I cut. Soap in cupcake mold is sweating honey too. Partial gel and oily, OK, I can bear with that but what are those rough white blotches on the sides and bottom of the loaf??
...I wonder if that's what is happening in the soap. Could the heat be causing the sugars to crystallize and then they reabsorbed as the soap cures?
Exactly the same for me, Susie. I get them on every batch of OMH soap I make and have always scratched my head over it. But like you said, those areas are zapless and fade a bit with cure.I get those white spots on my honey soaps, also. Usually on the bottom. I have no idea what they are. But they are zapless, and usually disappear during cure for me.
i do a water discount for this soap so it is likely the sugar in honey causing the sweats. i didnt zap test the droplets since the sweat/ oils reabsorbed after a while. otherwise i would have (thought it would be sweet!)I sometimes see droplets like this with high doses of fragrance, with soap that contains more fluids (watery additives, higher water recipe), and with soap that's gotten pretty warm during saponification. IMO, it's more a result of the extra fluids and warmth than it is the sugar (honey) specifically.
Be careful folks -- the droplets are lye heavy, so don't zap test or handle with bare hands. You're better off just letting the droplets evaporate or reabsorb. The white specks show up where the droplets were because the active lye in those spots is reacting with carbon dioxide in air to form sodium carbonate.
I get those white spots on my honey soaps, also. Usually on the bottom. I have no idea what they are. But they are zapless, and usually disappear during cure for me.
Same situation here, more on the bottom, less on the sides. after the sweat/ oil reabsorbed, they look somewhat like empty "pools" (as if the oil pooled there and then dried up). they're whitish and a bit rough on touch. hope they disappear soon.Exactly the same for me, Susie. I get them on every batch of OMH soap I make and have always scratched my head over it. But like you said, those areas are zapless and fade a bit with cure.
On the other hand, I've gotten them too with accelerating FO's that didn't mix in well enough before I had to quickly mold. On those occasions I know it's FO because of the look, smell and icky taste (zapless too). I usually shred those and use for confetti in a different batch.