Bummer...this batch didn't turn out the way I wanted it to, but at least I was able to save it. I wanted to try out a new "mold"-a plastic organizer tray I found at the hardware store. Everything was going good until I added the fragrance oil...then things started to accelerate (I soaped warmer than usual, too). Anyway, got the soap poured and sprinkled the top with poppy seeds, checked on it about a half hour later, and it was going through gel stage..things looked good!
The next day, I took it out of the mold and noticed some darker yellow areas. Hard to see in the photo below, but it's around the edges. I wasn't going to rebatch...no way!
What I ended up doing was cutting off all the edges and also the top layer. Then I checked for zap, and there was none. So here are the finished bars...just not with poppy seeds!
Each bar is over 4 ounces, which was what I was hoping for..even with all the trimming I had to do...but they varied anywhere from 4.15-4.95 ounces (I just eyeballed it when cutting). Next time I'll put a little more effort into making more uniform bars!