Hi All! As I mentioned in a previous post (Mom Soap) I am making soap for Christmas presents this year. I received my order from BB and has a soaping extravaganza this past weekend. Oh, and thank you again for everyone who sent me recipies to try out! The wife and I had a ball trying them all out and formulating some of our own. She had such a great time helping me that she's decided to make some lotions and lip balms to go with the soaps LOL. Anyway, I made 8 batches of soap using 6 different formulas and a bag of BB's Basic Quick Mix. Some came out awesome, some very good, and some OK. Surprisingly, my most disappointing batches were the BB's quick mix! I used their suggested mixture (33 oz mix, 4.7 oz lye, and 11 oz water). They say it will make a hard bar in a few hours, but 24 hours later and they were still too soft to unmold without deforming, and once out started ashing up. I'm thinking that their recommended amounts are too generous with the H2O. Any thoughts? Also, how long do you usually leave you soaps covered to keep ash from forming. I sprayed my molds with alcohol and covered with plastic wrap, but for the batches that take longer to harden enough to pop out of the molds, when can you uncover them to help them start drying out? OK, now for the fun stuff - the pictures! Batches are all natural with ghost swirl (back right, tan soap), Grandma Soaps (Lavender and Rose scents in round mold, these are the BB mixes), Men's shaving bar (forest green from Tamanu oil added at trace for superfat), Ginger & Green Tea bar with turmeric and green mica (front), Beaches (front left blue bar with indigo and clay with ghost swirl technique), Lisa's bar - the wife's (Large black bar with green mica top scented with Peppermint with sea clay and charcoal - her recipe), and the large block is the Man Bar - 1/2 with Beau Brummel, 1/2 with Shave and a Haircut with Charcoal.