HP Soap Smells like Pickles!

by Mrs. Green
(Tennessee)

I just made my first batch of HP soap. I added Eucalyptis and lavender PEO at trace. It was looking beautiful and like custard and did the anticipated separating and rising and turned to a vaseline consistency as many tutorials mentioned but smelled vinegary like pickles.


I went ahead and molded it and I think the soap is fine but don't understand the smell and I am curious if the smell will go away.

Answer:

Sometimes during and for a while after the saponification process, the soap will have an odd strong scent.

This is usually just temporary and a result of the chemical reaction taking place. Before the soap has finished curing it will smell like the scent you added.

Cathy

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