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  1. 5 stars
    This has been on my to-try list! I made soap with a friend a few years ago, but want to make it myself. Your process makes it super simple and I can see exactly what I need at a glance. Thank you! I’m going to try it for the #handmadehomechallenge.

  2. 5 stars
    HI, Im rating this a 5 because i messed it up. you might find amusing. i don’t know why, but i left directions away from working table and ran back and forth. i used coco butter, coconut and shea. i totally goofed not using olive. i didn’t realize it until they were melted. oh well,, i said, it’ll work. well, it didn’t.. when i added the lye it reached trace in 10 seconds, the blender wouldn’t even work. it was strange, curdled cheese looking. i also realized i used the wrong pan so it may not have been stainless steel. anyway, i went back in the other room to get molds and when i came back a minute later,, i saw it had exploded. i’m thankful i wasn’t in the room. i sstirred with a spatula, what a waste of time and money… we’ll see what happens.

    1. oh dear! Yes having soap seize like that is very frustrating. It’s best to make soap with no other distractions and just really focus on what you have going on with it!

  3. Jenn – I had an explosion too but think it was because I didn’t allow my oils to cool enough prior to mixing the lye. What temperature should the lye and oils be, prior to mixing? Room temp?

    Because of the explosion, I used my immersion blender on high to try to salvage the excess bubbles. It worked, I think. I was able to cut and start the curing process earlier because my soap was so rigid going into the mold.

    1. The recipe states that they should be within ten degrees of each other. Usually around 100 degrees. I’m not sure what you mean by explosion…I’ve never had that. Perhaps it was overmixed and seized up?

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