So my first blog post was supposed to show my intricate 6 colour drop/hanger swirl but my FO had other plans! I wasn’t planning on posting this soap on here but not_ally from SMF (Soap Making Forum) requested it so here it is!
I had big plans for this soap – it was to be poured into my log mould with a divider in place so the base soap would be pale pink and pale blue. Then I was planning on removing the divider and doing a drop swirl followed by a couple of sweeps with my hanger.
This is the recipe I used – one I’ve used before and know is slow moving.I also added 2 tsp sugar, a small ball of tussah silk and 0.5% of my total batch weight of EDTA. The FO is Yuzu from Gracefruit.
I like to soap at room temp as I find it (usually) gives me more time to work – I also always add my FO to my melted oils once they’ve cooled for the same reason (that and so I don’t forget it!!). I mixed my lye water with my oils and used my stick blender for just a couple of seconds and I could tell straight away it was going to accelerate – it got thicker but grainy not smooth like you want it to look when it hits trace. Within seconds I had a bucket shaped bar of soap – no soap on a stick as I got the SB out in time! I’d love to show you a pic of the soap at this point but I just wanted to get it out of there and into the slow cooker to melt it all down again.
As I was using a 30% lye solution I knew I would need to add some extra water to get the soap fluid enough to do anything with it – I added approx 90g of water and left it on low in the slow cooker to melt down the chunks.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to use all the colours I’d planned but was determined I was having at least 2 out of the 6! Split the batch into 2 jugs and added my micas (mixed with a little of my melted oils), mixed the colour in then warmed both in the microwave to loosen up again. I spooned (drop and plop) the soap into my mould, banging on the counter as I went to avoid air bubbles.
Here is it in the mould – not the refined soap I had in my mind when I started but it was soap and it was in the mould!The good thing is it was ready to unmould the following morning and that meant I got to try out my new multi bar cutter!
Using the cutter was a dream – sliced through the soap like a hot knife through butter! And it was so nice to have 9 totally even, straight bars!!
And here it is – the finished soap, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome – not what I expected from the disaster I had.
And there it is, my first blog post, thanks for reading!