The process of turning oils and lye into soap can be mysterious. For example, once a batch of soap is mixed and poured into a mold in the cold process method, it just goes on its merry way, turning itself into soap without any more help from anybody. It even gives off heat as it goes! Isn’t chemistry wonderful?
But every cold process soapmaker at some time will have the experience of a batch of soap getting VERY hot while it’s sitting in the mold. Sometimes it’s caused by the fragrance that is used. Sometimes it’s because the oils and lye started out pretty hot to begin with. And when the batch gets too, too hot, it can start to crack, just like a banana bread baking in the oven. It doesn’t hurt the soap per se, but it can make for an unattractive bar once it’s sliced.
If this ever happens to you, try out this technique demonstrated by Bonnie of the Good Earth Spa blog. Super easy, and it works! Thanks, Bonnie!
(Even if you don’t make soap yourself, check it out and see what soapmakers are willing to do to make our best soap possible!)
Thanks for featuring my video on fixing soap crack! =)
You’re welcome, Bonnie! I really enjoyed watching it.
Very cool video! And I like the narrator 😉 Thanks for bringing our attention to such awesome tips, Ruth!
My pleasure! I love ways to make soapmaking more successful!
Wow, that’s good to know! So, Everclear, eh? Do you happen to know whether you use it full-strength or diluted?
My guess is that she used it full-strength. That way it should all just evaporate once it’s done its job of helping the soap smooth out.
Thanks for sharing Ruth I’m always learning new things from you. Bonnie did a wonderful job with the video
I’m glad you found it helpful, Deborah! Sharing things like this justifies all the time I spend online! 😀
Just finished my first batch of a TD white soap. Came home to unwrap it tonight only to find a big crack right down the middle.. Ohh Noo!!! I haven’t tried the everclear yet but I will go out to buy some tomorrow. Thanks Ruth and Bonnie for the tip. The video was great.
It happens to everybody sometime, Tara. At least it’s still usable and really great soap anyway, I’m sure. 🙂