Posts Tagged ‘crumbly soap’

A thin white film on soap can occur for many different reasons.  Complete a Google search, you will a bucket-load of (legitimate) causes:  goat milk, ash (lye), air, fragrance PH not geared towards the soap type.

What you do not want to see in a bar of soap:  large white blotches, white crumbly patches, large seeping holes, or a dry and delicate soap that crumbles easily.  All of these things usually indicate a problem with sodium hydroxide (lye) either not mixed properly in a formula of soap, or included at too high of a percentage.  Throw the soap away! Do not use it!

A thin white film on the outer surface of soap is not harmful.   Covering a freshly poured batch of soap with plastic wrap for 24-48 hours normally prevents the white film.  There are fragrances, essential oils, and soap formulas that are more reactive to air, and despite the soap maker’s best handling procedures, a thin white film can develop on the hardened soap (even after it hits the consumer’s soap dish).

When working with natural base ingredients, soap can be tricky, especially when goat milk is a part of the formula.  Milk that is produced from a herd of goats fed on grass, hay, and grain differs in both fat and sugar content from season to season.  For this reason, many of us treasure the subtle differences in our soaps.  It simply reflects handmade-from-scratch!

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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Troubleshooting Handcrafted Soap

You might be asking yourself what a soap doctor is.

Can you visualize a soap doctor? She/he would be wearing a white lab coat while checking the soap for thickness, hardness, lastability (is that a word?), or mildness.

Humor aside, soapmakers do become soap doctors.

What happens when a batch of soap doesn’t turn out as expected? The soap doctor steps in to diagnose the cause. 

In this case, a soap bar with a circular pattern (or “ring”)  inside, tells me that the room temperature when the newly made soap was poured into the mold was very cool and that the soap was not well insulated.

Sometimes the soap inside the ring is less solid, it can be crumbly.  The appearance of a ringed pattern in soap does not mean it cannot be used for bathing.  Rings can be a cosmetic type of thing, not affecting the stability or use of the soap at all.  As I prefer to do, usable (slightly flawed) soap can even be sold at a discount – with explanation, as it isn’t grade A+ soap.   Botched soap can also be donated to the Clean The World foundation, www.cleantheworld.org

P.S. Additional blog posts on troubleshooting to follow! Imperfect soap happens.

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