Soap process question..

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Badhbh, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got "Soap and Other Obsessions" yesterday, and I'm on the goat milk chapter. Has anyone tested this? I believe her, but i just can't see how it's possible.

    Stir the oils as you slowly add the milk/lye solution. From here on it is just the same as you would do any of your soap recipes. Only difference is you put it in the refrigerator so that it will not gel. If it gels, it turns darker. If you've used a fragrance oil that turns dark, there is no reason to put it in the refrigerator. Leave in the refrigerator for 24-36 hours. 36 hours gives a little harder bar as the refrigerator takes a little of the moisture out. There will be no active lye after 48 hours.

    Now, does that mean that it's usable after 48 hours??​
     
  2. TM Chickens

    TM Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Alabama
    Mine always is. I don't make milk soap though.
     
  3. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really? I thought that it needed weeks for it to be safe? Or is that just for it to harden?
     
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Yup, the weeks-long cure is to harden the soap.
     
  5. Morgaine

    Morgaine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Texas
    I haven't read her book, but I think all she is saying is that enough of the lye has saponified with the oils that there is no active lye after 48 hours. I have experimented with non gelled soaps and yes they do take a couple of days to stop zapping vs gel soaps which for me don't zap as soon as it gets hard.

    Now, I have to say that I don't think the soaps are their best after only 48 hours. Not to say that I havn't used soaps that soon, but they only get better with age and if you plan on selling them, I personally think you need to wait a minimum of 3 weeks depending on your water discount. JMO
     
  6. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i've got a batch in the fridge now, so we shall see.
    It's a COMPLETELY bungled batch. Forgot the castor oil, didn't get the colour right, all that because hubbs was trying to help and spilled an ENTIRE BOTTLE of Blue Mix LabColor on the counter [​IMG]
    So yeah, we'll see what happens.
     

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