In fact, this is probably the very first soap that I've made where I haven't had some sort of unexpected result or hiccup. I even planned for the fragrance oil to accelerate, but it behaved beautifully. I'm so proud! I think it looks exactly like the beautiful examples from Soapqueen, which is where the inspiration came from.
|Photo from Soapqueen.com|
I've found that it has taken me about 10 batches of soap (at least for me) under my wing to get my "groove on," but even still, things like additives, temperatures, and fragrance and essential oils can make soap behave badly. You just never know until you try it and keep notes on what worked and what didn't.
In the other corner, I made a batch of Orange Patchouli Castille Olive Oil soap where I was pouring the batter into the molds and realized that I had forgot to add the essential oils! ACK! What to do? Well, I then just portioned out the EO into each of the molds and stirred each cavity until incorporated and hoped for the best.
They actually turned out fine! And they smell soooooooo good! I tried to do a mica swirl, but think they would have been fine without it. Oh well, it gives them that "handmade, rustic quality". :-)
In other good news, I bought my first soap drying rack from Cosco...it won't be long till I fill it up with curing soap!