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Why did my soaps have a white dusty appearance when dry?

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pilatesmum

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Hi

I joined this forum so that I could have another try at making soap!

I made some soaps with a kit from a local store. They looked great
when they were made but after about a week they looked 'dusty'
on the top. My kids helped me make them and wanted to give them
as teachers gifts :(

Can anyone shed any light on this for me?
Thanks in advance!
 

IanT

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it might be ash that is a biproduct of the saponification process when the soap comes into contact with air....you can deal with it either with a small amount of alcohol diluted in a little bit of water and sprayed on it from a bottle or rub with felt gloves to smooth off the dust :)
 

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Is it M&P? I am guessing it is since it was a kit from a store. If it is M&P you can mist the bars w/ rubbing alcohol to clean the surface. This helps remove finger prints & minor imperfections too. When they are dry you should wrap them in saran wrap or place them in air tight cello or ziplock bags.
 

pilatesmum

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Thanks

Ok thanks guys! I did not know that I needed to keep them wrapped up and that the air would affect them. We had them out on a wire cake cooling rack.

I can see that I need to check out the forum for more tips and advice before I have another go :D
 

Tabitha

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M&P should be kept airtight, it will shrink/shrivel if yo don't.

Most people do not wrap CP airtight.

It depends on which type you are making.
 
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