Soaping with a deep water discount. So, for the first time ever I soaped at a 1:1 lye water ratio. I was a bit scared after reading about it,but decided to take the plunge. Probably the most notable and scarey part is handling such a concentrated lye solution- as always you don't want to splash it in your eye or spill it on yourself. The other troubleshooting issues are really the usual-the possibility of acceleration or volcano. I view these issues as something you should ALWAYS be prepared to handle when you make soap. I used an eo blend I knew would not cause me trouble with acceleration to begin with(a blend of peppermint and spearmint) and just went for it. I was a bit concerned because I was using Extra Virgin OO which can accelerate even without such a lye concentration. Upon reading about using this sort of lye water ratio with my particular formula I found that it is in fact desirable to have a very hot gel-this aids the molecules into laying down once the soap is at the cooling stage + creates more glycerine. The results of this should a be a harder bar sooner(due to the lesser amount of water),however this does not mean the ph is settled sooner so a cure of 4-6 weeks is still recommended. I will keep you posted of the results as soon as I unmold.