The gel phase is a necessary phase for soap to go through if you want a certain kind of result from creating the soap. One reason you might want to rush the gel phase is if you want vibrant colors, another reason is that you might be in a hurry. There are also a few reasons why you might want to prevent gel phase, one of those reasons might be because you want a more matte color instead of a more vibrant color.
- If your soap looks like gelatin after a while, it is going through the gel phase.
- The gel phase is of most importance if you are wanting your colors to really pop.
- If you prefer soap that is matte, then you might want to prevent the gel phase altogether.
“Warm temperatures are key to forcing gel phase. Start with your lye and oils around 120-130°F. Once the soap is in the mold, cover it with a cutting board and then a towel or blanket.”