||[Sep. 20th, 2008|05:11 pm]
I tried to make soap this afternoon with disastrous results.
20 oz castor oil
24 oz cocoa butter
81 oz fractionated coconut oil
84 oz olive oil
32 oz palm kernel oil
15 oz beeswax
29 oz palm oil
44 oz lye, mixed in 41 oz water
after trace (which was nigh immediate), mixed in a small tsp of honey, 2ish oz fragrance oil, and 50 oz of half & half (slightly frozen)
First, it chunked up immediately upon mixing in the lye. There wasn't trace so much as there was suddenly solidness. I added the honey, which I've done a few times in the past to success each time Then I tried adding the fragrance oil and the half & half, and it *exploded*. It at least doubled the volume of the stuff, to the point where it overflowed onto my stove and burnt me and I ended up putting half of the mixture into the sink. Whenever I stirred, it expanded further.
WTF? Please help me understand where I went wrong. The dairy didn't burn. That part ended up fine -- not even a singe scent. The results of this experiment are cleaned up from being all over my stove and sink, and what I salvaged looks like vomit, frankly, from having the early yellowish chunks mixed in with the later red molten part of the mixture. Obviously I made a larger batch than I should have, since I couldn't handle the stirring fast enough, but that wasn't my only mistake. What made it explode?
Also, given that it's cold process soap, can I reheat & remix it as I've read others do? I've never done that with soap before.
SOOOOO sad. :(