Q – What is ricing and what do I do when it happens?
A – Ricing is when your soap separates to look like rice floating in a pot of oil. It is almost always caused by fragrance oils, but some other additives can do this as well. You can often save the batch by continuing to blend it until it traces again, which may take a good amount of time. Make sure you give the mixture a little resting time between long spurts of blending. If that doesn’t work, the batch simply can’t be salvaged.
To avoid ricing try one or more of the following tips:
· Test fragrances in small batches. If a fragrance presents a problem, you may choose not to use it.
· Add your fragrance with a whisk instead of a stick blender.
· Warm your fragrance to that of your oils before adding it to your soap mixture.
· Place a little soap in a separate container. Add your fragrance and blend, then add the fragranced soap to the rest of the batch.