A Soapy Disaster – The Week in Soap: 3rd Sept, 2017

The last week of the school holidays didn’t give me much time to devote to the business.  I made some soap, wrapped a few bars and uploaded a few items to the pending website and had one, massive, disaster. But more of that later.

I didn’t make a lot of soap this week but I did make a double batch of Tutti Frutti. Here it’s in the mould, before and after the top swirl:

Tutti Frutti Pre & Post Top Swirl

Tutti Frutti Pre & Post Top Swirl

And the cut.  I think I tried to be a bit too clever this time. I wanted the colours to more strictly follow the order of the colours of the rainbow (so how did I get red next to green lol?) but to do that I had to be a little more ordered in the pouring. I think I prefer the more randomly poured swirl so. Apologies for the rubbish photograph…

Tutti Frutti just cut

Tutti Frutti just cut

I also learnt my lesson and made a TEST batch using a new fragrance. Warm Gingerbread FO is one I’m hoping to use for Christmas, and I planned small batch with a simple design just to see how it handles.  I’m glad I did – the website testing notes said it would accelerate, and accelerate it did.  This pic is immediately after the cut – the two bottom layers should turn a lot darker over the next few weeks because of the vanilla in the fragrance oil.  I left the top layer fragrance free:

Warm Gingerbread Test Batch

Warm Gingerbread Test Batch

It smells delicious, and I really want to use this FO to make a drop swirl bar for Christmas, so I’m going to have to use all the acceleration-reducing tools in my arsenal – and keep my fingers crossed!!

As I’d already made a start on the Christmas bars during the previous week, Candy Cane, Star embeds for the Christmas Tree bars, and a couple of batches of Dinosoaps, I’m confident that I’m on track time-wise.

And that disaster. Urgh… I was making more of the Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) soap.  The last version was ok, but the bars weren’t uniform enough and the mountain itself didn’t really reflect reality.  I intended to use the sculping soap technique (I was recently reminded of it by the incredibly creative Danica of Seife und anderes – if you like soap blogs you really should check it out), but the soap batter riced on me in seconds. I’ve used this fragrance before (and besides, the testing notes say no acceleration) so I REALLY wasn’t being reckless.

Anyway, just for the giggles :-/ I decided to try to squish it into the mould anyway. I actually had to get my hands in there to mix in the colours and colour squishing IS now a technical term.  Was there the slightest possibility that it would come out acceptably rustic looking? NO. No, no no NOPE!!  The soapy gremlins were well and truly esconced in my kitchen that day lol:

A soapy disaster

A soapy disaster

No, I didn’t rebatch it. Yes, I trashed it.  I know, I know, one of these days I’ll have to give rebatching a go but I don’t currently have spare a slow cooker that I could do it in, and, really, I just don’t feel the rebatching love…

Thanks for reading, back very soon!




16 thoughts on “A Soapy Disaster – The Week in Soap: 3rd Sept, 2017

  1. Hahaha!! Shame about the mountain – more of a landslide, yeah? All you need is a fancy name and sell it as a one-off special!! We were growing and selling vegies once (in another life), and had to move from the land we were on before the garlic had “set”. My (now ex) pulled up the half set garlic and sold it at a premium price as “garlic leeks” – being in Wales, you’d get the leek thing(!).
    The customers couldn’t get enough of it and kept asking for more!!
    Sell it as a “volcanic rock special” – LOL!!!

    • Hahahah that’s fantastic – a born salesperson obviously!! (And yes, I LOVE leeks!). I’m not sure I’d get away with that with this pile of horror though 😂

  2. Also – I did a small rebatch by just a little (short, it gets hot quick!!) zap in a glass jar in the microwave – all you need is heat. Or put in a pot in the oven – slow cooker not needed…

    • Hmm ok that’s something to think about 🤔🤔 It’s currently sitting in the corner of the room in a (clean!!) plastic bag – I might just give that a go. Does it make your oven smell of the FO though?

      • I did a little batch of my odds and sods in the microwave just to see if it worked – looked ike salami 😂 – and was zapped for such a short time. Also I use EOs so possibly less persistant! What about putting a plate ( or something) over for a lid to stop smell escaping? And / or wipe out with bicarb / vinegar after? Sorry – not much help really as I dont know how strong your soap fragrance is…

      • You could always cut a bit off the end and try 😂 – or just cut into smallish pieces and donate to worthy cause (I saw a video about a young boy donating soap to the homeless). Such a shame to waste it… Probably if you cut it and ran each piece under water the edges would smooth?

      • Trust me, this one has holes like Swiss cheese 😂😂 but I’m going to experiment a little with the microwave and oven, see what happens! Thanks so much 😊

  3. I just love your soaps so much … I understand you had a plan, but to me the soap really looks cool and wonderful. And love the gingerbread one! That must smell amazing!

    • Oh you’re so kind, thank you! The warm gingerbread does smell gorgeous! I wouldn’t normally persevere with an accelerating fo but this one’s too good to give up on 😆

  4. Hmmm – if it really does look like swiss cheese, I wonder if it’ll float! I once used an electric handwhisk ( don’t ask!) and ended up with such a light soap that it just bobbed along on the surface. The kids loved it ! Or could it be re-purposed as embeds? Though I think the microwave idea is a fabulous one – it’s got to be worth a shot. Good luck

    • Lol, thank you – I will report back 😆. I’ve seen whipped floaty soap somewhere before and wondered about giving it a go – it’s definitely a thing so you were right on trend!

  5. Vicki:
    Lovely Gingerbread – even in layers it’s beautiful, so maybe you don’t have to fight it and keep it simple instead. (I just did that with one of mine and dusted gold mica in between the layers, which looks nice.)
    I’m not one for re-batch either, and never heard of the microwave method, but would love to hear how it turns out. I agree with others to use it somehow – grade it up for Confetti soap; cookie cutter and use the cut outs, or a sales gimmick/ donation.
    Keep me posted!!

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