Ashing on soap

by simplysoap

I’ve been asked quite often recently how l stop my soaps from getting the ‘ash’ on top that often happens.

Truthfully, l don’t have a clue. Sometimes l do get it, and sometimes l don’t. There’s nothing l do to prevent it, it’s just the luck of the draw for me. And it does happen occasionally, although thankfully not too badly. The soap above – there’s a little bit on the top left hand side.

The middle lavender topped soap in this picture has it too. Again, not too badly.

And this lime soap has some ashing also. This is probably the worst it’s ever been.

Probably my only non-ashing technique is to NOT photograph it LOL!!! Just remember that what you see here in the blog is not always what goes on behind the scenes. For every pretty, posed and photoshopped photo l post, there are probably about 50 crappy, out of focus soap shots that got dumped in the recycling bin for a multitude of reasons. Anything from a breakfast crumb on the corner of the soap to a badly placed fingerprint. And there are plenty of ashed soaps in my soaping history ;-)

If there’s anyone out there who can assist with some non-ashing techniques, post them here in the comments, enquiring minds want to know LOL!


3 Responses to “Ashing on soap”

  1. I cling wrap all my soaps while they harden. It doesn’t even have to touch the soap, for my decorative tops it sits up to 5cm from my soaps and then the warming blankets go on top. I tape wood or plastic around the sides of my molds so the cling wrap has something to lie on and cling to and doesn’t touch the soap. I never get ash, but do get condensation sometimes if I forget to unwrap for a day or two. A light spray of alcohol will get rid of ash on soap too.

  2. Anne-Marie at Brambleberry has been mentioning to lightly spray the tops of your CP (before insulation)soaps with 91% Isopropyl alcohol to prevent ash. I knew it worked for MP and I keep meaning to try it with my CP. Ash is a hit and miss for my recipes but has been happening more as of late. I think I’ll try it out today!:)

  3. I usually put some plastic cling wrap on top of my soap if the tops are flat and that seems to work well. If you do get ash, steaming works well to remove it. Some folks use a tea kettle or a clothes steamer. I don’t have either one, so I just simmer some water in a pot on the stovetop and then hold my soap over the steam. Works great!

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