I have been wanting to soap with Brambleberry’s “Berry wine” fragrance oil. It reminds me of this mulberry fragrance that I just to store in my first car to make it smell nice. oh the memories 🙂 LOL!
So I got all my oils and lye ready and proceeding to mix my colors for my color scheme. I decided to use a recipe that produced a light color bar the last time I soaped with it. Olive Oil, Sunflower, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter and Castor Oil to help with suds 🙂
I used my column mold once again and decide to split the batch in half to color. One side with titanium dioxide to make it much lighter and white and the other side a dark pink. I poured them at the same time (making sure that my flexible divider stay put). I then removed the divider, twisting it side to side to add some swirl and then using two skewers taped together to swirl it some more. I was pretty happy with my results. I liked the color 🙂
So I safely put it away and let it do it’s “thing” 🙂
This time I was patient and waited an additional day to try to unmold it to make sure it was ready. I also added some sodium lactate to the lye mix to help make it a harder bar. It unmolded pretty well and it smelled greattttt!!! I started to cut it and imagine my surprise when I noticed that the white side looked a little weird. I got worried because I thought maybe the lye did not dissolved correctly. I tested it for zap (that’s when you rub some water on the soap and then touch your finger with the soap to your tongue. If it’s lye heavy it will feel like you are liking a battery! 🙂 Lucky me it’s only happened to me once 🙂
No zap, which meant it was OK…So off I run to my favorite Soap Forum “Teach Soap” and ask the question? ” What did I do wrong?”
Well so far I have learned that the titanium dioxide did not mesh well with the soap mix and with the soap gelling as well that may have taken it a step forward. I can still use it…it just looks weird…not so pretty 🙁
Well…I guess it’s part of the learning process :o)
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