Mildew soap smell after 3 weeks

I have made goat milk soap using the same oil base recipe. Some batches after three weeks have the scent of the EO that I used on the bar, but once I use the bar my hands are left with a mildew smell. Like a dirty dishcloth. Sometimes, I've used EO sometimes no scent.


I have experienced this with a couple of different soaps. I wanted to know if this could be the curing time. Do I need to let the bars cure longer? It is a distinct smell and it is the same smell with the different batches that it has happened too.

I alway freeze my goat milk too and am very careful not to curdle or scorch the milk, so I don't believe it is that. Also other batches have turned out fine and when I use the bars they don't leave that mildewy smell on my hands. The only difference would be the superfatting oils, like avocado oil. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:

Not sure why you would be getting a stale wash cloth smell.

I would recommend taking detailed notes of every batch you make to see if there is a common element to the batches that smell off.

As for the cure time...it is best to let soap cure for at least 4 weeks before use.

Always store your soaps in a cool, dry location as well. Standing the bars on end on drying racks (or cardboard beer/pop flats) allows the air to flow around the bars.

Good luck,
Cathy

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Mildew soap smell
by: WendyB

I have made several batches of goats milk soap, freezing the milk first -
I am wondering on the freshness of your Avocado oil perhaps, has it started to turn slightly?
The only other thing I can come up with, is it taking on the smells of something it is near?


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Mildew smell in soap
by: Lela

Thanks Wendy,

I hadn't thought about the Avocado oil. I did just purchase it
about 1 month ago and it has an expiration date of 8/2011.
But sometime things can go bad sooner.
I just made some Lavender soap with the Avocado oil last Saturday.
I will see if this batch ends up with the same smell.

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