I suddenly had all the motivation I needed and set about gathering supplies. The first few batches turned out very pleasing (even though a little light on the scent). Here are a few pics
Cocoa and cinnamon soap (I have actually raided this batch to start using, even though we are just at the 3 week mark. It smells almost yummy and makes me hungry to think about it. I used cocoa powder & cinnamon sticks ground up in a spice grinder and these add a scrubby exfolliating touch to the soap. My dry skin has improved 100% since using. I like it!!
Chamomile, Sage & Lavender soap (used a strong herbal tea infusion with herbs from my garden in place of water, added dried chamomile and sage at trace, along with lavender ess. oil. The scent is very faint, so will need to add more essential oil next time.
Coconut Cream and Lime soap (used a 440g tin of coconut cream in place of water, infused olive oil with kaffir lime leaves, added lime ess.oil at trace.
I'm really looking forward to trying this one, it looks so creamy!
Olive Oil, Tea Tree & Honey soap (this is more of a 'hair bar', as I wanted to try something to deter head lice when school starts up again. We had such an awful time last year, the youngest one kept bringing them home. This bar has 70% olive oil and 30% coconut oil, with 50ml tea tree ess. oil and 20 ml lavender ess. oil added at trace. It is setting nicely. I am assuming the honey colour is from the high quantity of olive oil.
And then.... I hit a hurdle! I had romantic visions of a creamy, smooth, olive oil and milk bar, scented with rose, and delicate petals scattered throughout. It was not to be. The batch was disastrous and I don't know if I can save it. Looking back, I can see what went wrong, when the recipe said to add the lye to the icy cold milk, I went ahead and added it! FAST! Now I read that you are meant to add it slowly..VERY slowly, and of course the milk turned orange, ok, I thought, that's normal (I think), so I just kept adding and adding and stirring. It turned a brownish colour and the milk actually curdled. The book I had said that the milky lye solution would appear 'grainy' and this would dissapear in the soapmaking process, so in it all went to the oil mixture, once they were the same temperature! What a disaster, there are lumps of curdled milk all throughout the batch (ack!), even though it has set nicely. I am wondering if I grate it down and melt and re-mould it if this will improve it. Or should the whole thing be tossed?
The offending botched soap #1