Have you ever had soap seize up on you when you added a certain fragrance oil or additive?
Have you ever had soap separate when in the mold due to not enough stirring?
I think every soapmaker at one time or another has experienced one of these issues. I had something happen just the other day and I wanted to share it with you.
I was making a beautiful layered soap using fresh avocado. I divided my soap out, colored each container, grabbed my mold and BAM! Each of the containers of soap got super thick!
My essential oil blend included some spice essential oils. I knew it would move quickly, but didn’t anticipate that it would move this quickly.
I managed to get the first layer poured, then the second…then went to pour the third layer. It was instant soap on a stick.
I added a bit of warm water and tried to stir into submission. It help to loosen it up a bit. I glopped it into the mold.
A few minutes later the water started to come out of that last layer. I soon had a soupy mess! What to do?
I grabbed my Crock-Pot and dumped my soap into it.
So I want to encourage you to never throw a batch of soap out if something happens when making it. As long as you have the correct oils and lye, you can dump it into a CrockPot and hot process it.