Well it’s been a while since I had one of my little “soap challenges”. When I first started soaping I use to find myself in some pretty sticky situations. From failing to add a butter, to soap seizing, soap not setting fast enough to pipe, to accidentally pouring soap in an unlined wooden mold.
Yes, some of you have been there with me.
I can still recall the day that I decided to use my column mold and when I picked it up I failed to hold the bottom part and my soap ended up pouring out. I had soap all over my table and floor. I have freaked out at the moment and laughed about it weeks later. Thankfully I have not had a volcano episode (knock on wood!). But I have had raw soap jump up and splash my nose and cheeks when I tapped my mold to get rid of bubbles. I have never ran so fast to wash my face! That is why it’s always so important to wear some type of eye protection. Little accidents like jumping soap can happen when you least expect it.
I started this blog to share my little soaping adventures. I have certainly grown over the years and have gotten more comfortable and smart with my soaping. Always so conscious of the soap I was making and those that may be using it, it took me a while to finally feel comfortable enough to sell to the public. It’s important to gain some experience and respect the soap making process before you decide you are ready for public to use. At least that’s what I think. But going back to my comment at the start of this paragraph. Starting this blog to share my soaping adventures…
I think it’s important for me to share those times when I did not have such a great experience. Whether I forgot to add an ingredient or for whatever reason my soap turned out lye heavy, but know that these soaps will not be made available for public use. I find it important to share as it’s part of what happens at times when you soap.
So today I share one of my little experiences…Lilac Heavy Soap
You are probably wondering what I mean by “Lilac Heavy Soap”. Did I use too much fragrance? well…no. The fragrance is actually perfect. What I did was go a little heavy on the color.
My soap started to set faster than I wanted (as you can see by the lack of swirls that I usually try to make in my soap). I did not prepare enough purple mica to mix in with my soap. What I had on hand was barely coloring my soap, which pretty much annoyed me, and while I tried to add more color to my rapidly setting soap, I grabbed the container of Mica and proceeded to “sprinkle” color onto my soap. As you can image my “sprinkling” ended up being a little heavy and I dumped half of the contents on my soap. As I stood there in disbelief on what I had just done, I rapidly thought it may be a good idea to shake some of the mica from the top. By doing this I managed to dump part of my soap in the garbage.
Pretty disturbed and frustrated by how I was just going from bad to worse, I decided to mix in the mica as much as I could. I was surprised that my stick blender did not burn out since my soap had already started to set.
I managed to do some type of spoon swirl. By this time I knew that this soap was going to be for me and only for me. Probably to decorate and refresh some linen closets, and not for the shower. All I could think of was purple color running down my shower drain. Not a pretty sight.
I must admit that the color is very pretty. It’s a very nice deep purple/violet. I guess that is what you get when you dump half of your stock in mica 🙂
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