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 Post subject: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 12:36 pm 

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Help!?
I have made 2 batches so far & they both have an underlying scent to them similar to ammonia :(
I did not use milk. They both contain olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil. One batch is 2 scents mixed 80/20 & the other batch is only 1 scent. Stumped newbie here. :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 2:03 pm 
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Which scents did you use and at what %?
Did the soap gel and is it possible that the soap overheated?
What type of a mold did you use?

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 5:13 pm 

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I used NG scents Bite me & Lick me at 5%.
For the first batch I used Glad containers & the 2nd I used a wooden mold lined with parchment paper & both stuck in the fridge to prevent gelling.

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 5:56 pm 
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WOW that's really strange........
I unmolded a BB Lily of The Valley today
from the 12 bar silicone mold...a basic
olive, palm, coconut, castor I always use
and I get a bleach smell. It doesn't smell
like that ootb.
What's going on?


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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 7:18 pm 
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birdies wrote:
WOW that's really strange........
I unmolded a BB Lily of The Valley today
from the 12 bar silicone mold...a basic
olive, palm, coconut, castor I always use
and I get a bleach smell. It doesn't smell
like that ootb.
What's going on?

Sometimes if you give it some time, the fragrance changes back.

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 8:43 pm 

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birdies wrote:
WOW that's really strange........
I unmolded a BB Lily of The Valley today
from the 12 bar silicone mold...a basic
olive, palm, coconut, castor I always use
and I get a bleach smell. It doesn't smell
like that ootb.
What's going on?


Very strange. Ootb the Fo's are so strong & the bar smelled great the day I got it out of the fridge and now its just...not.

soapbuddy wrote:
Sometimes if you give it some time, the fragrance changes back.


That is what I am hoping! *fingers crossed* I keep checking back hoping it will morph back or something. Thanks for your replies, even if it remains a mystery :)

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 9:38 am 

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The ammonia smell seems to be stabilizing/fading & the FO scent is faintly coming through now. I am thinking I didn't add enough FO. They have been curing for 2 weeks, is it safe to test a piece?

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 9:44 am 
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sweetasjam wrote:
The ammonia smell seems to be stabilizing/fading & the FO scent is faintly coming through now. I am thinking I didn't add enough FO. They have been curing for 2 weeks, is it safe to test a piece?

For fragrance, I normally follow the manufacturer or vendor's recommendations. You can test the soap after two weeks, but it will be much better once cured. So give it more time.

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 5:32 pm 
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That's good to know that it's fading.
Mine has a little less bleachy smell, but
not as it should be. I'll give it a full cure and see/smell.

Meanwhile I made lotion with the same fragrance and
it's fantastic!
Hope my soap works out.


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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 7:05 pm 

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soapbuddy wrote:
sweetasjam wrote:
The ammonia smell seems to be stabilizing/fading & the FO scent is faintly coming through now. I am thinking I didn't add enough FO. They have been curing for 2 weeks, is it safe to test a piece?

For fragrance, I normally follow the manufacturer or vendor's recommendations. You can test the soap after two weeks, but it will be much better once cured. So give it more time.


I thought I had added the recommended amount but I think since this was a larger batch than my previous one I may have missed increasing the amount of fragrance. I am so anxious to try it out lol but I can wait a bit longer :)

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 7:06 pm 

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birdies wrote:
That's good to know that it's fading.
Mine has a little less bleachy smell, but
not as it should be. I'll give it a full cure and see/smell.

Meanwhile I made lotion with the same fragrance and
it's fantastic!
Hope my soap works out.


Hopefully we are just being nervous newbies & are worrying for nothing :)
Sending good soaping juju your way :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 3:09 pm 
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I think I might be of help, Sweet...I used NG's Sea Salt and Lotus Blossom in soap a couple of months ago, smelled heavenly oob, but when I cut the bars I thought I was smelling cat pee! Ugh, I was devastated at the time but my swirl in the soap looked so cool, I decided to put it away for a couple of weeks, hoping it would change. 2 weeks later it smelled heavenly! A great lesson I learned here so take heart. :)

Hello everyone! I am new here, I have been reading this forum for a little while but I finally think I am learning enough so that I sound like I have a clue when I post...nice to meet all of you!

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 8:04 am 
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Welcome, Lovegreyhounds!
Do you rescue greyhounds? My BIL used to have several that he adopted after they were no longer used for racing. They're wonderful dogs. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:55 am 
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Thank you Linda! I do have one rescued greyhound, Jewel, she's my baby, I've had her almost 11 years. They are wonderful, sweet dogs.

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 Post subject: Re: Smelly soap dillemma
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 3:41 pm 

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Lovegreyhounds wrote:
I think I might be of help, Sweet...I used NG's Sea Salt and Lotus Blossom in soap a couple of months ago, smelled heavenly oob, but when I cut the bars I thought I was smelling cat pee! Ugh, I was devastated at the time but my swirl in the soap looked so cool, I decided to put it away for a couple of weeks, hoping it would change. 2 weeks later it smelled heavenly! A great lesson I learned here so take heart. :)

Hello everyone! I am new here, I have been reading this forum for a little while but I finally think I am learning enough so that I sound like I have a clue when I post...nice to meet all of you!


Well I am glad I am not the only one! Strange that completely different scents had this issue... Thanks for joining in on the forum with us! I find everyone here to be so helpful & can find a lot of answers to my questions by searching through the forums.

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