Why i have this huge uniform discoloration?

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  1. Oct 11, 2019 #1

    Abdel

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    I Used a lavender mica and a lavender EO. I gel it by wrapping it with a towel at room temperature(35 c). And this is the result, a huge discoloration. Is it mica, EO or geling to blame?
     

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    It looks like it only got a partial gel, but I'm not sure why the lavender would turn green like that. What brand mica did you use out of curiosity?
     
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    I take it this is freshly cut? Wait a few days. My guess is that the green will morph to the same pinky color that's on the outside edges of the bars as the soap reacts with air and/or starts to cure and dry. If I'm correct, let the soap cure for, oh, a month and cut a bar in half. You'll still see the green color deep inside the bar.

    This is not a partial gel problem. The physics that creates the partial gel ring doesn't create a rind (like this) that parallels the outside shape. The boundary between the gelled center and the outer not-gelled areas will always be an oval to round shape.
     
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    Wow that is unusual! It looks a lot like how the brown discoloration from vanillin in FOs starts on the outside and spreads in. Too bad - it would be gorgeous if it was permanent!
     
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    I had a green mica that morphed, but after a few days the color was back to what it should have looked like.
     
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    I think i will wait to see.
     
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    Good idea. Definitely give it more time. It may turn out much nicer than you think.
     
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    I have this happen with some of my milk soaps (usually uncolored, though, which makes your problem even cooler), they will be normal off white on the outside, but when I cut them they will be greenish inside with the off white a perfect rind around all four sides. A few days into the cure time the greenish color is completely gone. Let us know how things look in a few days.
     
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    Lavenders can do some funky morphing. What brand and color mica was used?
     
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    The soap is so nicely done. I hope the color morphs back for you.
     
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    I added finely ground lavender seeds to a soap once...just to see what would happen if the smell would be retained in the soap...and it had a muddy brown on the outside and a definite gray color inside, but with a rim like your soap. After a while...don't remember how long...all the soap became the same muddy color. I figured it had to be exposure to air.

    I love the two toned look of your soap but will love to see a pic of it a few weeks/months down the road
     
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    Cool....I'm half hoping it WON'T resolve! Very neat as it is!!
    (I make a lot of mint and lavender soaps, so am always looking for purple and green anyway)
     
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    Part of me wants like this color, but i think a uniform lavender color would be nicer
     
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    I have to agree with that! Am trying to figure out a way to dip a big mold of green into a lavender colored bucket....sort of like dipping chocolates! LOL
     

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