today I made a bit of soap...this is Cedar and Sage sitting nicely in the mold. I will unmold and cut it tomorrow. The recipe behaved beautifully. The specks are parsley...I thought they would give a good look to the soap. Parsley is one of the very few things that retains it's color in the saponification process. Most other botanical items turn brown.
I also made a small test batch for a customer. He wants a more moisturizing soap, so I cut WAY back on my coconut oil, used both cocoa butter AND shea butter (in higher percentages) and superfatted a bit. This second batch overheated and grew out of the tube.
You can see that it even cracked on the top. I stuck that baby in the refrigerator to cool it down and it stopped growing at 1" above the disposable mold. I have to admit that I unmolded this one WAY early as it was already pretty hard at 6 hours and I wanted to see what was going on inside. The plastic lining on my disposable soap mold (AKA Pringles can) bubbled with the heat and left me with moon crater soap that smells lovely and I'm hoping will be delightful on the skin - so who cares how it looks?
I miscalculated on my test batch and so I will have two weird shaped soaps...should have put some rope in them so The Army Guy could have soap-on-a-rope. These are 3oz bathroom cups that I had handy when I realized that I had too much soap :)
A Quilter who designs and teaches quilting. My children have all graduated from our homeschool and the Army Guy is getting ready to leave Army life behind on the way to a civilian career. I dabble in other crafts, teach homeschool art classes and a bit of gardening ...
Psalm 5:11&12 (KJV) But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: let them also that love Thy Name be joyful in Thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.