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Today I wanted to go over some terms that I have wondered about as part of my introduction to soapmaking. Now that I have quite a few batches under my belt I want to learn more about what I am doing. Since I am using the same recipe on all of my batches of soap I am not including it again in today’s blog. Some of these definitions are taken straight from “When It’s Good To Be In A Lather” by Tina S. Howard.Saponification
Raw soap is a mixture, often very liquid, that has not had the saponification process complete. This is what you are pouring into the soap molds.
This is a phase of the soap making process where you can actually see the result of an exothermic reaction. The soap will have a somewhat translucent appearance that starts in the center and grows outward. This is the heat working to help saponify the oils and fats in an exothermic reaction. (Look at me! I am using big words!)
Madea commented on yesterday’s blog that one of the batches of soap was going through gel phase, but the others had not yet started. This photo shows all the batches and the soap that shows gel phase is the first one I made that day.Trace
Have you noticed the color differences in each of the batches? These color variations are because of the fats being used. Sometimes olive oil has a more yellow color than other times. Many fats and oils have changes in color from lot to lot. I have two more batches to go and I will have made my first 20 lbs of fat into soap. WOW! On Friday I will show you a Cure Card we use here to help us monitor when the soap is ready for packaging.