3.23.2012

using steam to remove ash, take 2

I wanted to try the steam method again on some soap that developed a more noticeable layer of ash...which just happened to be my grapefruit lavender bars.  These were the bars, freshly cut:




A week later, with a layer of ash.  Here are a couple of different angles showing the ash:






Again, I used a tea kettle to steam the tops.  I took pictures of  me steaming the bars, but the steam didn't show up in any of the pictures...they looked fake, like I was just holding a bar next to a tea kettle, lol...so I left those out!  Here are some close-ups of the tops after they were steamed and dried completely:

no visible ash!

ash is gone!

6 comments:

  1. Great experiment and great results!! Do you have an idea why ash occurs? I don't get it for the moment but now and then it does creep onto one of my experiments... xo Jen

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    1. No, but I wish I knew what causes ash! I try to be consistent with every batch too...sometimes I get it and sometimes I don't.

      Take my last two batches for example (the grapefruit lavender and the fruit slices)..I used the same oils, soaped at the same temps, and sprayed the tops with alcohol. The grapefruit lavender went through gel stage..I read on a forum that lavender can cause ash..so maybe the fragrance caused it? Then the fruit slices..it did NOT go thru gel stage. It's a mystery to me...you're lucky you don't get it very often! :)
      Kalla

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  2. It's fantastic how you managed to get the ash off your soap. I don't mind ash if it is consistent, like yours here. I hate when it is patchy and looks like a fungus is starting to spread (so not a good look when you have a purple soap lol).

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    1. I don't know why ash bugs me but it does, lol..and bugs me even more when I have textured tops! Yep, I've gotten the fungus look too before..not pretty! ;)
      Kalla

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  3. Looks like the steam trick worked like a charm! I don't like ash, either, and it's great to have a way to get rid of it without marring the soap. Your Grapefruit Lavender bars are lovely!

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    1. exactly Jenny...nice to have a way to remove ash now. Before, if I couldn't wipe the ash off, I would cut the tops off..didn't like the waste!

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