Saturday, May 3, 2014

Jazzed about Gel Phase

According Anne-Marie (The Soap Queen), "Gelling" and 'gel phasing' in cold process soap refers to a part of the saponificaion (soap making) process where the soap gets warm (around 180 degrees) and gelatinous. If you are new to cold process soap making, this is extremely common and you most likely have experienced it. Gelled soap is more hard in the first few weeks after pouring because it evaporates its water a bit faster than non-gelled soap.  Gelled soap also has more transparent and shiny look than non-gelled.  Do not worry because non of these things affect the final outcome of the soap after a full cure.

So, are you are like me and want to learn more about this topic.  Anne-Marie has written an informative posting titled Jazzed about Gel Phase that tells you everything you need to know.  After finishing this I am going to read it all the way through.

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