Help! Liquid CP Soap

by LaKeshia
(SC)

I'm new to soap making and think I have a problem. After 48 hours my soap batch is "liquidy" in areas. Will this solve itself in a few days or is all lost?


My recipe:

28.8 oz Olive Oil Pomace
28.8 oz Palm Oil
9.6 oz Palm Kernel Flakes
4.8 oz Jojoba Oil
24 oz Vegetable Oil
10 oz Goat's Milk
24 oz Water
13.50 oz Lye

Thank you for any help and/or advice.

Answer:

Your soap should not be liquidy at all. Something has definitely gone wrong.

I was going to plug your recipe into SoapCalc to check the quantities but I'm not sure what oil you used for the vegetable oil. Did you mean Crisco (vegetable shortening)?

Cathy

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by: LaKeshia

Hello Cathy! I used Great Value (Wal-Mart) 100% pure vegetable oil. Also, I forgot to mention I used 2 oz of eesential fragrance oils. Thanks again.

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What I meant was...what type of vegetable oil not the brand but the vegetable.

For example is it made with soya bean oil, palm oil, etc.

Cathy

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by: Anonymous

It was soybean oil--sorry about that. :-)

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I put your numbers in SoapCalc and found the water/milk amount to be fine but your lye amount seems to be quite high. At 13.5 oz. of lye you do not have any superfatting in your soap. For this recipe, I would suggest using 12.5 oz for a 5% superfat in the future.

This unfortunately doesn't answer the question of why the soap is liquidy is places! My best guess would be that you either had a false trace and the soap was poured too early or sometime during the measuring stage there was a mismeasure.

I'm afraid I can't see how this batch can be saved. You may want to leave it for a few weeks to see what happens with it. If it hardens up, you could test it to see if it is skin friendly or not. If not you might try using it as laundry soap.

Since you are new to soap making, you may find it beneficial to make smaller batches to start. 96 ounces is quite large for a new soap maker...only because if something goes wrong, you are throwing out quite a large portion of supplies.

Cathy

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by: Anonymous

Hello again Cathy.

I threw the batch out last night. I didn't want to take the risk. It was weirdly liquid oil and solid at the same time. This batch was a double of one of my recipes and I was trying out one of my molds that I hadn't used yet.

I made another batch last night (in the smaller mold) and it appears to be fine so far. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question! :-)

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