There has been quite a few inquiries on how one can deal with fast (aka accelerating) fragrance oils in cold process soap so here’s a quick post sharing some tips on how can you do so 🙌
Note: Each fragrance oil is made of different ingredients which means that each unique blend has different effects when used in cold process soap. You can view our Fragrance Oil Trace Test in Cold Process Soap here for a general guide on which fragrance oil will accelerate trace or not.
1. Use more water in your lye solution.
When more water is used in the lye solution of a cold process soap recipe, the time it takes for the soap batter to reach trace is longer. You can slow down an accelerating fragrance oil with more water in your lye solution.
2. Keep Other Accelerating Ingredients to a Minimum
Hard oils (ie: coconut oil, palm oil) and butters (ie: shea butter, cocoa butter) will give you a harder and more long-lasting bar of soap, but also a faster trace. You can slow down an accelerating fragrance oil by using more soft oils (ie: olive oil, jojoba oil, rice bran oil, etc) in your recipe, though the soap bars will be softer.
Be careful when using honey, milk or other liquids as a water replacement in your lye solution as they can speed up trace. Also, keep in mind that some clays can also cause acceleration so it’s best to turn them into a paste/liquid with water or oil before adding to your soap batter.
**To find our more about hard and soft oils, you can check out our post on carrier oils and how can choose the right one for your DIY personal care product here.
3. Make Soap At Room Temperature
The colder it is, the longer it takes for a soap batter to reach trace. Ensure that your oils, butters, fats and lye solution are at room temperature before you blend them together into your soap batter. Try not to make soap at a temperature lower than room temperature as that may cause your butters and fats to harden which then, leads to false trace.
4. Stir In Fragrance Oils with a Spatula, Not an Immersion Blender
Although immersion blenders are helpful in speeding up trace, it’s best to avoid using them when you’re dealing with accelerating fragrance oils. When it is time to blend in your fragrance oil, simply stir it manually with a spatula. This will help you avoid over-mixing and having a too-thick trace by accident.
If you’re facing a different kind of cold process soap making issue, we might have the solution for you here at our 5 Common Cold Process Soap Mistakes and How to Avoid or Fix Them post!
Want to know more about making your own soaps at home? Check out these posts of ours!
For Cold Process Soap
👉 Get to Know: Cold Process Soap
👉 5 Common Cold Process Soap Mistakes and How to Avoid or Fix Them
👉 Cure in Candle Making VS Cure in Soap Making
👉 Testing Every Craftiviti Fragrance Oil for Acceleration in Cold Process Soap
Some Recipes for Cold Process Soap
👉 Basic Cold Process Soap Recipe
👉 Cold Process Dish Soap Using Premium Extra Red Palm Oil
We hope this helps! ❤️