Sometimes the best of intentions don’t always turn out as well as planned, which is pretty much what happened yesterday when I tried to create a picture tutorial of soap making just for my blog readers. I discovered that I have a harder time than I thought doing more than one thing at a time, and making soap is one of those things, while certainly not technically difficult, demands complete focus for the brief time it takes to make it. Anyway, the pictures turned out, unfortunately however, the soap did not. The mistake I made was adding the lye/milk mixture to the pot of melted oils…which were still sitting on the fairly hot burner, at which time while I was trying to get pictures, I discovered that my memory card was full, so I had to change it and my hands were oily, so I had to wash them first…meanwhile the lye/milk mixture is sitting on the bottom of the pan turning GREEN! This was to be a swirl, but it set up in the pan and then wouldn’t take the colors, hence a really ugly, manly smelling, layered soap.
These are all the oils in the pot melting together. The exact recipe is my own formulation.
These are the mica’s I used to color this batch.
This is the lye I am getting ready to pour over my frozen milk cubes.
Here I have just poured the lye crystals over the frozen milk cubes.
The cubes are melting nicely. Notice they are staying all white and not turning yellow at all.
The solution is just about ready to pour. At this point, you DO NOT stop stirring for any reason.
This is what the lye/milk/oil solution looks like right after pouring the lye/milk solution in. There are still a few unmelted cubes but they will melt shortly. This is where I ruined the soap. My camera disk was full and this pot is sitting on a burner that I turned off, but it is still hot, and the lye/milk is burning on the bottom.
This is the stick blender I use to blend my soap.
This is the soap in the mold. Normally at this state it has a pretty swirl on the top and looks lovely. This log looks beyond bad.
A big bucket of coconut oil. This coconut oil is solid at below 76 degrees. Hence, it has a 76 degree melt point. In the summer I sometimes don’t even have to melt it unless I have the airconditioning cranked up.
The finished product. Black Sandalwood for men, layered soap.