Lye Heavy Soap
|What does lye heavy soap look like? I want to show a photo from a well known book.This is Norma Coney’s book, The Complete Soapmaker. You may have a copy. The photo on page 32, as shown here, is the perfect example of what NOT to make. This soap is crumbly, chalky and has an uneven color in specs or flake form throughout the soap.
If your soap looks like this, STOP! Go back to your recipe and re-work it through your mind. What happened? Did you weigh the lye twice? Go to 2.4 instead of 2.2? You need to review, step by step, what happened in the soap and making process.
Overall, I don’t recommend this book. There is no point in reworking soap unless you have to. Want proof of our reasoning? Please give us ONE example of a cake that gets made twice before you serve it. Not formed into another dessert like tiramisu, but a cake that is baked, wetted, remixed, and rebaked. We can’t think of a single one.
A cake? A cookie? Not even biscotti has a double mixing. A salad?
Our feeling is: if you can’t do it right the first time, why waste your time doing it over? You will never get those life minutes back.
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