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What's up with Soda Ash?

Soda ash, though harmless, it can be a soaper's annoyance. Soda ash forms when unsaponified lye reacts with naturally occurring carbon dioxide in the air, It does not affect the product in anyway except more of a blemish and of course annoying when the soaper is trying to make a beautiful product and the ash blankets its skin like a kid in puberty. Of coarse I am gonna blame the 'rona for lack of finding alcohol on the shelf this past year. After the soap is cut, it needs to sit on the shelf for 4-6 weeks to completely cure and balance to the correct ph level. (side note- if you lick the soap before it cures it has the same zap as a 9 volt battery!) While doing so, I usually douse the soap twice a day in alcohol to prevent the ugly blemish of soda ash. Unfortunate I had to spare what alcohol I had and now seeing a bit more of it on my finished products. There are a few ways to take it off the soap like a good ol' wash or steam, but I have decided my puberty blemished soaps can keeps its po-tinaed looks. I don't mind the imperfections. It's a little reminder that it's still can be wonderful without being perfect...


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