First, I'd become enamored with the solid sugar scrubs over at Rebecca's Delicatessen. She's one of my favorite soapy bloggers and has a great, well informed site. I didn't have the ingredients that her recipe called for, so I used the recipe at Soap Queen, substituting crafter's choice Mango Butter base and rice bran oil and adding a bit of shea butter. It didn't emulsify. I ended up with a layer of scrub and oil floating on top.
- I used a cheaper base.
- I assumed that rice bran was a good substitute for sweet almond oil but maybe not.
- The air conditioner is not on upstairs here, so they were sitting out at 85+ F.
I got a new box of goodies from Brambleberry! Including my first wooden soap mold. I was super excited to try it out and picked this recipe to try. I loved the colors. I received a free sample of coconut lemongrass fragrance in the box and figured that would be a great summery, beachy fragrance.
What went wrong:
- I substituted Lots of Lather quick mix for Basic Quick Mix. This was not a good substitution for this recipe.
- Brambleberry suggests using an olive oil free recipe for this soap to avoid the yellow green color of olive oil. Lots of Lather has lots of olive oil.
- The recipe calls for 23 pounds of the quick mix. I had 33 pounds of lots of lather mix, and decided to use the whole bag. I did run in through the lots of lather lye calculator, but did not anticipate how much extra I would have. This probably influenced my colors as well; the olive oil and greater amount of oils. I had extra molds but not enough and had to grab more.
- I mixed with a stick blender until I got an emulsion, not a light trace.
- I hated the fragrance. I'm a big fan of Bath and Bodyworks' Coconut Lime Verbena and expected the type to be more similar. I hope that the soaping process will improve the fragrance.
- The sea clay did not play well with the fragrance. It kind of appeared ricy. It might have been ricy.
- The sea clay colored soap was not contrasted well with the plain soap, due to the olive oil in the base. Instead of three, separate and intentional colors, it appears [to me] that the colors were mistakes.
- Finally, I had my first lye burn. This was either from removing my gloves (which were a size too small) or reusing my lye water container to mix colors. It was a small burn, luckily, smaller than a dime. I noticed that there was a shiny patch of something on my arm, and it started to burn. I rinsed it with water and it still burned. So I rinsed it with vinegar, which I should have done first.
|First three color soap|
The soap looks prettier on screen than in real life.
In happier news, a trial batch of these dishwasher tablets worked great. I used a little peppermint essential oil, but not enough to leave a peppermint residue.
My color fails led me to research color mixing in soaps and I found this series very helpful.
I have so much that I want to try and being patient is hard. /end grump