Perhaps these pictures will help others identify what white stuff on soap is safe and cosmetic only vs what is very dangerous. I was trying to use up some oils that I'd had for a half year or so before they started to spoil, and I had gotten some Moroccan Red Clay in the mail, as well as some silk. I wanted to make something moisturizing and gently exfoliating for the dry Minnesota winter coming up, and I had the evening by myself, so it was a perfect time to get down in my "lab" and play around.
So, I'm still not 100% sure what went wrong, but I am worried that I mis-measured the lye. My husband helped me set up a soapy lab downstairs so I don't have to drag everything up to the kitchen each time I want to soap. However, the light in the basement makes the scale a little tricky to read, so I have a feeling I just misread my digital scale and had way too much lye in this soap.
Here's the soap I made with the lye crystals. It has also leaked lye-heavy liquid while it was curing, but that seemed to have seeped back into the mold by the time I took this picture. See how it looks kind of spotty and crystalized? Some of the whiter areas are where they lye liquid dried.
Here's a photo of some sample soaps I cut of a peppermint EO soap that had some pretty significant soda ash. See how it looks less like crystals and more of a uniform "ashy" kind of white substance?
Here's a photo of both together (pardon the mess of my soap factory (and the quality of my pictures - taken on my iPhone with the previously-mentioned terrible lighting).
|Here are the swirls from my caustic soap. I'm so bummed I have to trash this batch! The swirls turned out so pretty :(|
|At least I know the soap has great bubbles! Check this out when I was cleaning out the mold!|
|So, time to toss this batch and try again. I have wanted to play around with the BB Column Mold since my struggles unmolding my cream shave soap (I ended up hacking off the end with a small axe...). Maybe this will be the soap for my second go with the column mold?|
Happy Repeal Day! Hope everyone is enjoying a cocktail tonight to celebrate the end of Prohibition :) I am enjoying a Guinness and watching Bootleggers on TV!