Gel or no gel?

Discussion in 'Soap Making' started by Kalne, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Kalne

    Kalne New Member

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    Do you gel all your soaps? I use to not worry about it. But then sometimes I got partial gel and didn't like the look of it. Then I started gelling everything. But now I'm getting ready to work with color more and am thinking of proactively trying not to gel. If I oven process them they are definitely darker. I know some of it is my oils....RBO, OO, and palm I'm told tend to darken. BUt I can see a definite difference in the ones that gel from those with the same recipe that didn't gel.
     
  2. lynpea

    lynpea New Member

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    I gel. I use a heating pad set on high. I just did two loaves one with chrome green ultramarine with TD and the other with pink UM and TD. Both came out great and didn't darken. I also used to get the partial gel and now I don't. I did oven gel some OMH and boy did it get dark, I don't use the oven anymore. When I get to the point where I am doing alot, I will stack them and wrap them. Right now I am doing 6 # at a time and it fits perfectly on my heating pad.
     

  3. Kalne

    Kalne New Member

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    Hmmm, maybe it's the oven thing then. I think I'll try to gel another test batch and not put it in the oven. I was amazed at how light the ones that didn't gel were. How long do you let yours sit on the heating pad?
     
  4. lynpea

    lynpea New Member

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    Mine automatically turns off after 1 1/2 hours. so I turn it on high, lay a towel over it, put the molds on a cookie sheet, cover with another cookie sheet and cover that with more towels. It'll stay that way for 12 hours.
     
  5. I gel all of my soap. I hate partial gel. I have plenty of light colored soaps too that turn out fine.
    Becky
     
  6. GallopingGoats

    GallopingGoats New Member

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    I don't like to gel. I like my GM Soap to stay cold. Shannon
     
  7. NubianSoaps.com

    NubianSoaps.com New Member

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    I gell some, like Watermellon because mine will partial gel and it's ugly with a darker rim around the outside and white in the middle. Others I don't gel because they are soo much prettier light, especially those with herbs in them. So I keep notes, have started laminating my recipe and exact instructions for each soap I make, so I follow the exact thing each time. Vicki
     
  8. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    Ok so if you OP then you gel right??
     
  9. kidsngarden

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    Yes, OP is definetely gelling.

    I have some that gel and some that I don't just like everyone else. Mostly due to my colors morphing.

    Bethany
     
  10. beaglady

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    I always gel my honey recipe, sometimes not the other one. Like everyone else, it depends on the finished color I want.

    Diane W