Spiky Melt & Pour Soap Winners 2

Remember the Melt & Pour Soap that had those funny spikes on it? Some of your answers were so great, I found myself rolling on the floor laughing (quite literally).

How did these spikes occur?

The soap has just dried out. There is not enough water to keep the soap balanced, and the soap has started crystallizing due to higher concentrations of soap.

Nothing is wrong with this soap, it can still be used. I just wash the soap off and no one can tell it ever had spikes.

Here are the ideas that were given:

Dedrianne asked, “Would that not be oxidation?”

Sharon said, “I would think it could be a moisture reaction. Moisture beads and the soap swells in that area and then dries again, causing spikes.”

Jeanene said, “Glycerin.”

jaspersgarden said, “My guess is that it is glycerin leaking out – big time! Even though my soap was shrink wrapped, I’m pretty sure that humidity got to it and caused the glycerin to seep out.”

timtoys said, “I believe the crystals form when the soap has been in a humid environment. The soap sweats and then as the humidity drops the moisture dries up leaving the crystals behind.”

Julie Marcil said, “I would go with the crystal suggestion of Timtoys. Although, what the crystals are … I give my tongue to the cat! (French expression)”

thienkim said, “Maybe your soap had a big party while you were gone. Dressed up, drank too much and got some “body decoration.” otherwise, I have no idea.”

Zany said, “I’ve never done M&P so my best guess is that sad little soapie developed a rash from neglect. Bad Mommy! LOL”

As I promised, I will be sending all of you a prize. I have been working with several fragrances that are quite fun and I will be sharing the fun with you. I will send you your own bottle of fragrance oil to play with. I will be contacting you shortly for a shipping address.

I hope you enjoy!

Submit your photos and text for the guest written Embedded Melt & Pour Soap Challenge! Submissions will be accepted through October 18th at blog@thesage.com. The submissions will be released October 19th through October 23rd. Each guest writer will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Wow!


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About Andee

Director of Happiness. I'm a thirty-something soap snob. I've grown up with handmade soaps, and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps, and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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2 thoughts on “Spiky Melt & Pour Soap Winners

  • Julie Marcil

    Hi Andee,

    I just received the fragrance oils you sent me for the spiky melt and poor question. I don’t know what you used to make the “Endless Love” fragrance, but it smell divine! I can’t wait to try a new batch of soap or lotion.


    Julie ^_^

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  • Nina


    I submitted my entry for embedded melt and pour soap challenge but wasn’t sure where to send my pics and instructions. I send them to the “info@the-sage.com” email address. I hope this was correct!

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