Tea Tree Soap Failure and Lesson Learned

I was so excited to make my soap with silk and almond milk in it only to have it fail!  Four pounds of soap!  My soap was extremely brittle.  So hard I couldn’t even slice it it just split into pieces.  I wasn’t sure what I’d done wrong.  So I did some research and discovered that brittle soap means too much lye.  This is a first for me.  I’ve had grainy soap, liquid goop soap that never turned into anything (I had too much water in it) and all other variations of failed soap.

These pieces are big enough that they can probably be used for something...not sure what. They're lye heavy so you can't use them on the skin and I'd wear gloves when using them for whatever else.

I think I’ve just about had experienced it all now.  Anyway I went back to my recipe and reran it through the lye calculator and realized that somehow my lye calculations were off.  By over 2 oz!!!! No idea how I messed that up, but I did.  I will probably give the soap another go cause I was so excited about this facial soap!

The soap just flaked whenever I tried to cut it.

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3 Responses to Tea Tree Soap Failure and Lesson Learned

  1. Kristina Hess says:

    I think it would be good to use in the laundry…Just a thought. I have been checking into making my own laundry soap and your soap could probably be used for that :)

    • Barb R. says:

      That is what I plan to do with my recent lye soap failure. It is so crumbly that It would not be hard to grind for use as laundry soap. All that is needed is borax and soda ash!

      Barb R.

  2. Barb R. says:

    I also had this very thing happen to me yesterday!! Your flakey soap looks exactly like mine. I mixed coconut oil, palm kernel oil, olive oil, rose essence and tallow together. It never did reach trace even after an hour of mixing, but it set quickly so I thought nothing of it. When I went to cut it, it did exactly what your pictures describe. I could replace your pics with my soap and they would look identical!

    How could 6 oz of lye be too much?

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