Failed Hot Process Soap
(LA, California, USA)
I've been doing soap for over a year and never had any major problem, but I just made a honey soap that won't become soap.... It's just a pool of oil with crumbly things in the bottom of the crock pot.
The recipe is 75% olive oil, 15% cocoa butter and 10% avocado oil, with soy milk and I added raw honey to it.
It has been cooking for like 7 hours and still nothing!!!! I have no idea if I did something wrong.
I used the MMS lye calculator as usual and I think I did the measurements right.. Not sure if the problem was the honey, if it still needs more cooking or if it needs more lye.
Any ideas??? Should I keep on cooking? Or add more lye? Gulp.
During the cook of hot process soap, the base should not be oily at all.
Before the cook even starts it should be thick and creamy, having been brought to a full trace first. Later it becomes vaseline like in appearance and mashed potatoe like in texture.
Something is certainly wrong if you are looking at a pool of oil with crumbly things in it.
Unfortunately, I have no idea what. I can only suggest that it might be safest to dispose of the oils safely and start again.