Now if you’ve been reading along for any amount of time, you probably know that I share my follies right along side with my victories. And as much as I am excited about becoming a soap-a-teer (yep I just made that up) it does not make me good at it 😉 This first batch was definitely a learning experience. It all seemed straight forward when I had Rene from Karma Suds at my side giving me step by step instructions. However on my own was a bit trickier
Now I had bought myself cute scale, and had all my new soap making ingredients set up, (if you want more information about how it all works click here) Spent a few days thinking about my recipe and what I was going to make. I decided on a coconut and olive oil based soap, with green swirls of olive leaf extract and blue swirls of organic colour. I chose the essential oils of neroli and jasmine – I know fabulous right ?!
Now one of the great things about customizing your own soap recipe is you get to add little extras, like shea butter or an exfoliant. For this batch I chose avocado oil, it’s so great for the skin and we are heading into those hot days of the beach where we might like a bit of vitamin A n’ E and more moisture. Great idea but also part of where I had my learning moment.
When taking the soap to “trace” I got a bit over excited and I think I added my avocado oil a bit too soon, my lovely soap stopped thickening. And was loosing heat instead of building heat in the reaction that takes place when you make soap – saponification
In a panic I reheated the batch on the stove. I was really worried that I had messed it up beyond repair and would have to start all over 😦
Bringing it back up to temperature did kick-start the magic again. I got it in my mold cleaned up and went to bed.
The next day when I removed my pretty cake of soap from the mold, it was so lovely to behold….But it was kinda soft and oily looking and well just not quite right.
After a few e-mails to my teacher and checking of my recipe, it was concluded that I over oiled (or under lyed) my soap. Its pretty likely that I went wrong with the math of my lye solution, or by adding my avocado oil too early I threw off the balance of the reaction.
The good news is that it will be usable but soft and possibly mushy if left in the kids bath. It takes about 6 weeks to cure all the way so I will soon know how usable this batch is.
Its all about the journey here in my lemony home, I’ve started thinking of the next batch already.
It took me a few weeks to get this out, and you know what? My weird soft soap is usable ! I think it would melt away quite fast if left in the shower, but its great for in the kitchen where I wash my hands like a zillion times a day.