how important is insulating your soap?
Posted 02 August 2011 - 04:19 PM
Posted 02 August 2011 - 07:41 PM
I am fairly new to soapmaking and have been making soap for a little over a year. I made a batch of CP soap today (I normally make HP) and I have read on many websites and in books that either you should insulate, or that insulating your soaps doesn't matter. Then today on a different forum I read that somebody made CP honey? soap and put it in the freezer and it didn't gel. So I guess my questions are, does soap have to gel in order to become soap, and does CP soap need to be insulated? I've already made some beer soap and goatsmilk soap that I put in the refridge for a while to keep the color from getting dark. But didn't notice if it reached gel stage. I'm guessing not? I"m just confused. Please help!
I'm not totally sure but I think they said they put it on the freezer. The top usually gets warm. Maybe someone else can answer this.
Diane B jr.
Posted 02 August 2011 - 10:58 PM
Posted 03 August 2011 - 01:45 PM
1) causing the molecules to expand through freezing and damaging the crystal structure of the soap, as happens with MP that has frozen, or
2) making the soap so cold that the saponification process can't be fully executed, leaving active lye in the soap
But lots of people do try to avoid gel phase by not insulating for a number of reasons, most notably to avoid browning, to achieve a different look to their soap, or to avoid damaging delicate, heat sensitive ingredients.
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 03:58 PM
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