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 Post subject: gel stage?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:47 pm 

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Probably a silly question....I have been making soap for 11+ years, and I thought I had read quite a few books on the subject. But, after reading this EXCELLENT chat forum, I am wondering if someone can describe the gel stage to me? My soap always comes out just fine, but I am curious to know which part of soapmaking this is. Thanks!


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:o I am glad you asked. As a newbie, I have wondered the same thing when reading the "soap" books and websites and have no idea what they are talking about.

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Gel stage hastens the saponifying process due to heat. The interaction of the molecules creates friction, thus heat.
I don't gel, since I like the feel, texture and lighter color without gel.
In the end it's still soap. It's a matter of personal preference. I do let my soaps cure for 4-6 weeks.

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thanks! what does the gel stage look like? does it happen after trace? after pouring, i just leave it alone, so am i missing it? (gel stage)


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Here is some info and pics that I found regarding Gel Phase =)

Gel phase occurs after you've poured your soap into the molds (when doing cold process soap). The soap will become super hot (reaching temperatures up to a full 190 degrees F) and get a translucent, jelly-like look to it. This is a normal part of the soapmaking process.

However, gel phase is not necessary to make your cold process soap turn out. If your soap doesn't go through gel phase, don't despair. While the look and feel of non-gel phased soap is slightly different than soap that has gone through the gel phase, it is mostly a personal preference thing. Either type of soap looks and feels great once it is fully cured. Below are a few examples of the typical appearance of a gel phase:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:38 pm 

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thanks - i recognize it now! i only wish i could afford those beautiful molds.... :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: the gel stage
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 7:59 am 
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Bramble Momma wrote:
Here is some info and pics that I found regarding Gel Phase =)

Gel phase occurs after you've poured your soap into the molds (when doing cold process soap). The soap will become super hot (reaching temperatures up to a full 190 degrees F) and get a translucent, jelly-like look to it. This is a normal part of the soapmaking process.

However, gel phase is not necessary to make your cold process soap turn out. If your soap doesn't go through gel phase, don't despair. While the look and feel of non-gel phased soap is slightly different than soap that has gone through the gel phase, it is mostly a personal preference thing. Either type of soap looks and feels great once it is fully cured. Below are a few examples of the typical appearance of a gel phase:

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Thank you so much for showing these photos, because I really never heard of the gel stage, and apparently the photos I posted today entitled HELP, is my soap in a gel stage (I think), it has been over 24hrs, though and it stll is in the gel stage, what do I do. I did put it in the freezer.

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 Post subject: Re: gel stage?
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 8:26 am 
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If your soap is still in gel stage, it will be hot - I don't think it will be still ongoing after 24 hours. It sounds like you have some other problem there.

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 Post subject: Re: gel stage?
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:49 am 
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Should I just toss the batch, and if so how do I do it safetly


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