Attaining Trace – In this case- Heavy Trace

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Heavy Trace (Pudding consistency)

Trace is the sign that the oils and other liquids (the lye mixture) have emulsified- a critical step towards saponification. Saponification indicates that the lye has been changed through the chemical reaction creating soap.

But this “trace” is not the conclusion of the saponification. Rather only about 90% of the saponification process has been achieved at trace stage.

In cold process soap making, saponification is not completed until after you’ve cut your soap bars and left them out to cure.

Thick trace as shown here with a consistency of pudding is best used for layered soaps, but you must work quickly. Lighter trace is more like cake batter- light trace to be covered in another post. I’ll link here once complete.

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