Hot Process Soap Problems
(ILION, NY USA)
I made HP soap base 2% superfatting, solid cotton oil, soybean oil blend, I added 4.51 oz to account for the M&D as palm oil premixed into my recipe. I know I had problems with the batch in the pot, it never looked like vaseline after 3 hours of cooking on low heat like the instructions I was following said and I was so tired I just figured I'd 'missed' seeing that stage and molded it anyway because it was starting to look chalky and hard.
So I stuck it in molds and found all of these oils at the bottom of the pot so I put the oils on top and hoped would absorb and went to bed.
2 days later I unmolded because it looked done, this was my 3rd batch, but not with this recipe. Water, or oil, or lyewater, that's what it smelled like dripped out all over the table and I didn't notice until it was all over my clothes so I ran to change and get those in the wash before ruined. The top of the soap looks brown and properly cured but underneath it's pure white, pasty, waxy, and kind of reminds me of cottage cheese, a little crumbly.
Soap also failed the zap test horribly.Answer:
When hot processing soap
, it is important to cook until your soap reaches a full gel. That is the stage that resembles vaseline mash potatoes. It is impossible to miss.
Recheck your recipe for accuracy and make sure to throw out the failed batch. It doesn't sound safe to use at all.