I've had the most disastrous month of soapmaking. Serious.
Overall, I've lost 5 batches due to seizing, oils sitting on the top of batches, crazy chemical reactions and scent loss (F.O's).
First up, I was to make a coconut scented soap with mini coconut balls inside it. I wanted a really nice infusion for this so I used real Mysore Sandalwood, Galangal, Patchouli leaf & Oak Bark. I placed these ingredients into my lye and left them to infuse before straining through muslin. The smell was really good too...even in lye.
I made my soap base, cooled both mixtures to my usual temp. Soaped. Added my fragrance oil (coconut) with some patchouli oil & orange oil and BAM. NO GOOD. The mixture curdled, seized, riced. All of it in one hit. Into the black bin liner it went.
Second up was another attempt with a coconut fragrance from another supply. Same infusion again. This time, soaped beautifully. Even the woody scent from my infusion was in the background...but no scent of coconut whatsoever. Fail. Into the black bin liner.
Now I could've re-batched and Sharon from Morgan Street DM'd me on Twitter with instructions. It would've been a simple task, but you know when you're so mad at yourself and at the damn supplier of the seizing/non smelling oils that you just can't even look at the sorry mess you made....well, that was me.
Next up was a mango soap, which I wanted for a quick summer line. Again, no scent, seizing and another load of £££'s down the drain.
3rd batch fail.
Next failures were this weekend.
I have made 'Sandal Scandal' soap just once before and I brought it to the line as a summer soap treat for your feet. The first time I made it, it came out perfect. No issues at all.
No fragrance oils, just Tea Tree, Lemon & Clary Sage oils with a pumice/oatmeal base and an organic shea topping.
This time, it just went plain wrong. I really don't know what to blame here. It was certainly one of the oils. The 1st batch I made this weekend contained essential oils from a different supplier. When I added the lemon oil to the blend, the mixture went cloudy. The oils smelled like my usual essential oils...some differences but nothing too noticeable.
Well....this seized like you've never seen before! In the pot. Like a rigid soldier.
I attempted the mixture again (Matt said 'bit risky isn't it?...but I ignored him!).
Again, seize! But I did manage to get it into the mold. Then yesterday when I unmolded it, ouch ouch ouch. Caustic nightmare. I only touched it with my hand when unmolding and my hands were stinging! WTF?
So...that went into yet another bin liner.
The 1st one I salvaged and made into balls for other soaps so all was not lost.
ONE LAST TRY was a batch of the newly named Geranium & Patchouli (the white one with the line).
This went absolutely perfectly. Beautiful flowing soap.
Its new name is 'White Witch'.
After all that, I could use a good witch to come to my house and wave a magic wand.