My soap has white spot
i am new in soap making. i do not know who to ask and i found your website :)
i have read up on the similar scenario on your web. but i am not sure if it is the same problem. I have attached a picture with it.
It has been about 2 weeks since it is out of the mold. The white spot is only on 1 surface but not the other. There is no air on those spots. It is just flat white dots. And i have tested with a tissue dab with water and "rub" on the white spot, there is no brown color sign.
Is it because i am using a hand blender instead of stick blender? Could that be 1 of the cause? (stick blender over my place is very expensive.. so i am still thinking about that)
So i really do not know if this soap is ok to use? or do i have to throw it away? (i just throw 1 batch away just now. but that is because the soap has DOS and is only 2 weeks since it is out of the mold. I am not sure what is the reason.. so i am getting a little frustrated..)
Your advice is greatly appreciated... :)
It's hard to tell by the picture but it looks like water has condensed on the soap while it was insulating and left marks.
Next time keep an eye on the soap until it has fully gelled. Then open the soap up to breath and cool down. I like to direct a fan to the top surface of the gelled soap so that all the evaporating water is blown away from the surface. This seems to also help with reducing the bloom that can occur.
Since Malaysia has such a humid climate, you may need to store your soaps in air tight containers that have silica packages in them. Silica gel is a desiccant which is a substance that absorbs water and water vapour from the air. Keeping the soap cool and dry is a must since warm humid air shortens the life of homemade soaps drastically.
Store your oils for soap making in a refrigerator as well. Oils will also be affected by hot weather making them decay much faster than in a cool climate.