Isn’t it funny how the best laid plans go a bit skew whiff every now and then? With the case of this soap, they went both good and bad, but l’m very happy with the end result. Well, except for a few mega air bubbles!
It all started well with a bottle of Sandalwood fragrance. But l’m a bit ‘over’ sandalwood, it doesn’t do much for me, so l had the bright idea of adding some rose fragrance oil. And it smelled divine.
Except l forgot that l’d added a floral fragrance to the mix….
The oils were probably a little too warm … the water discounted a little too much, and the pink, white and red cosmetic clays needed more blending in than l thought they would. It was after 11pm by this stage and l was dog tired but determined to keep going and fit a soapmaking session into my day.
Seized. Soap. On. A. Stick. To be exact, three different buckets of it, all coloured beautifully and setting up hard, not even anywhere close to being placed in the mould yet. That fragrance moved fast. Arghhhh! Armed with spatulas galore and needing another 13 arms, l scraped and slammed it all into the mould, dropping huge scoops of coloured hot soap on top of each other and hoping for the best. By the time l finished the kitchen looked like a soap factory had spontaneously combusted somewhere nearby. Oh hang on…it did!
Anyway, l got it all in the mould, sprinkled pink cosmetic clay over the top (so much for my elegant swirling plans!) and dropped it on the floor a couple of times to settle the mixture in. l should have taken a photo of the kitchen at this stage but was too tired so just covered the soap, cleaned up, tossed everything in the laundry and fell into bed.
And woke up this morning and discovered that it actually hadn’t turned out too bad at all, and it really does smell very, very nice. lt’s actually quite a strong fragrance, and could do with fading a little bit, so it will be interesting to see what the next few weeks bring. And as for my ‘scoop swirl’, well, l kinda like it, and might make plans to do it a bit more deliberately next time.
Fragrances still to soap: Magnolia, French Pear and Lavender & Cucumber. I’m trying to use up some of what l’ve got before l’m allowed to buy more fragrance oils.