Soaping in hot climates

by Anonymous
(India)

I live in Patna, India and our summer temperatures are 40 degrees C and above.


Our winters would be app. 8 degrees centigrade.

How does climate affect tracing or curing time?

Should I be covering after pouring when the weather is hot?

Answer:

Climate can affect tracing...especially if it is damp. Excess water is pulled from the air and can lengthen the amount of time it takes to reach a trace. If the environment is dry then trace time is usually shorter.

Since it is quite hot where you are, you probably can avoid using blankets for insulation while the soap sets.

Good luck,
Cathy

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by: Anonymous

thanks so much for your reply.

i made a batch and put it in individual small moulds. i took them out after about 14 hours. they came out crumbly. what couldd have gone wrong? too much lye, putting in small moulds, unmoulding too soon?

hoping to make a perfect batch soon.

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by: Anonymous

thanks so much for your reply.

i made a batch and put it in individual small moulds. i took them out after about 14 hours. they came out crumbly. what couldd have gone wrong? too much lye, putting in small moulds, unmoulding too soon?

hoping to make a perfect batch soon.

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by: Cathy

Sorry, but I didn't realize you would be using individual molds!!

With small individual molds you will need to insulate since they cannot generate enough heat alone to reach the gel stage. Crumbly soap usually means that they cooled down too fast after pouring into the mold.

I would suggest stacking the molds....ie. place down a few individual molds, then plywood or cardboard on top, and then another layer of molds.

Then wrap the lot in blankets. Keep peeking every couple of hours or so to see if you have reached the gel stage and then you can start to take off the blankets.

Good luck,
Cathy

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by: Anonymous

thanks so much for your prompt and useful reply. shall make fresh batch as per your suggestions. hoping to perform the happy soap dance soon!

olive oil is very expensive here and i cant get palm oil. can i use equal weights of coconut, veg shortening and soyabean/peanut/corn oil?
THANKS SO MUCH.

varsha

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