What on earth is this you might ask. A fancy dessert? Nope. It's the mess I made trying to portion out the hard butters I use when I make soap.
I bought a bag of hard cocoa butter wafers and I love them. They make measuring so easy. I thought I could do the same for the big bags of shea and mango butters but it didn't work out the way I'd planned. They just didn't pop out cleanly after I melted them and poured them in a mold. I should have known better.
Although it was a big mess to clean up it was actually a good thing. I just dug it all out and made up individual 1 ounce containers. It's the way I pre-measure out my lye. The less I have to fool with the lye the better and this lets me just grab it and go. Now I can do the same with the hard butters.
The Aleppo soap is doing some weird things too. It seems to be changing colors in an odd way and this morning it's all covered in a fine layer of white soda ash.
I've never seen soda ash on the cut sides of new soap before. The top always has some. It's not harmful it just makes your soap look powdery. This is some very strange soap. Every day it looks different.
If all that wasn't bad enough look at a loaf of Plain Ole Goat soap I made on Monday. Brown spots. I thought I had that all figured out the last time I made it but no. I forgot all about keeping that batter cool. I let it get too hot and the sugars in the milk turned spotty on me. Ugh. Again it's not harmful. It's just ugly. I just gave it another try so maybe I will get a decent loaf next time. Maybe.
Even though it was so far not a good soaping day, I went ahead and tried a new pouring technique I saw on You Tube with this loaf and then fretted all night that I had ruined it. It's my Olive Leaf & Fig scent and I really wanted this one to turn out. After cutting it the next morning I decided it's not too bad after all. A little busy maybe.
All this drama is what I get for not just sticking with what I know so I gave up and made the Just Peachy soap just by dumping it in the mold the way I always do and letting gravity do the work.
Keep it simple.