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Need help! - 2011/05/19 08:50 Hi dear soap making friends that have helped me before with a problem. The soap fairy visited my house the other day or I am just getting old and forgetful. I forgot to write down one of my oils on my recipe and when I calculated for lye I ended up short by 1.8oz. I want to rebatch this mess but how do I add the extra lye? Help!!
Oh by the way How are you guys? Doing any fun soaping?
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Re:Need help! - 2011/05/20 16:51 I don't know how large your batch size is, but what I have done before is: rebatch the soap, before it's completely melted, make a half batch of the same soap and add the additional lye to the half batches water, blend to trace, add the rebatched soap to the new one blending well and hurrying to get into the mold. The trick is to really blend well, even if you bump up the water, or add milk to make it more smooth. I have saved several batches this way, and the soap turned out nice. I once added the additional lye+ some water to the rebatched soap, and it just didn't turn out as well as just making a half batch of new to add to the rebatched. Clear as mud? Hope all goes well. If your soap batch is small, this ounce+ is significant, but if your batch is large like mine (24lbs) than an ounce just creates a little higher value of super fating..and I wouldn't worry over it. Just use/sell it first.

Doing ok.. need to make some soap myself. Haven't lately, and am almost out. I opened a place where I do facials (I am an Esthetician.) and sell my wares.. wish I were busier, but where I live in Florida is a dinosaur grave yard... old retirees, don't part with money....and a quarter is still a good tip.. (lol)..
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Re:Need help! - 2011/05/20 16:51 I don't know how large your batch size is, but what I have done before is: rebatch the soap, before it's completely melted, make a half batch of the same soap and add the additional lye to the half batches water, blend to trace, add the rebatched soap to the new one blending well and hurrying to get into the mold. The trick is to really blend well, even if you bump up the water, or add milk to make it more smooth. I have saved several batches this way, and the soap turned out nice. I once added the additional lye+ some water to the rebatched soap, and it just didn't turn out as well as just making a half batch of new to add to the rebatched. Clear as mud? Hope all goes well. If your soap batch is small, this ounce+ is significant, but if your batch is large like mine (24lbs) than an ounce just creates a little higher value of super fating..and I wouldn't worry over it. Just use/sell it first.

Doing ok.. need to make some soap myself. Haven't lately, and am almost out. I opened a place where I do facials (I am an Esthetician.) and sell my wares.. wish I were busier, but where I live in Florida is a dinosaur grave yard... old retirees, don't part with money....and a quarter is still a good tip.. (lol)..
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Re:Need help! - 2011/05/21 06:06 Thank you Debbie, I cant believe I forgot to write that oil down on my list. I used up all my oils before they went bad and was hoping I wouldnt have to order any new until Fall. You said your rebatch didnt turn out as well without the half batch, but was it still usable? I sure hate to have to order more oils right now. I have nothing to lose I guess by not trying. I hate to throw the whole mess out. There is some nice oils in there.,


Sorry to hear your busness is slow, but you are right, we seniors tend to hang onto our money. We havent had a raise in two years so we dont have as much to spend. Where in Florida are you? Would love a facial.

Thanks so much for your help!
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Re:Need help! - 2011/05/21 06:22 It just didn't blend as well. You could use a kitchen oil, such as olive oil, something you can get at the store, and would still make a nice soap. If you add too much water and stir too much on a rebatch it can turn out spongy. It's usable though.. You have been doing soap a long time, we call those, Limited Editions.. lol.. The sooner the better if you decide to rebatch.

I live mid-Florida and my office is in Weeki Wachee, near Spring Hill, Florida. The people around here are so old they refer to this area as, "Gods waiting room.".. LOL... I am getting up there (58 next month) so I better not complain too loudly.. Wish I could give you a facial!! I have Mo on my Face book, and exchange chit chat every now and again. The old Soap Exchange was so much more active than now..I don't always check in often so if you need to get a hold of me, my web site is: www.jeunepeau.com
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Re:Need help! - 2011/05/21 10:12 Yup your right its pretty dead out here. I check in maybe once a month just in case the old spark is back. Take care and thanks so much for your help. I,ll give it a go and see what I come up with.
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