Disastrous day! Made a batter which thickened quickly, but manageable, but just as I finished pouring the 3 colours I see the fragrance oil still on the bench. After that I didn't even bother with a swirl. I tell myself no matter, I will grate it. Rebatching might be tricky as the colours were Cocoa, Soft Green & Dark green, as the missing fragrance was Avocado & Mint. Indignant, I begin a second batch with Black Tie Fragrance. I've watched many You Tubers use this, but I would get cocky and branch to a 1400gm (49oz) batch. I now know what soap on a stick is. It was so bad my spatula broke in my attempts to stir it back to something recognizable & it got very hot. I managed to get it into a 2 moulds even though it was setting hard right in front of me. (Saving my big mould for something that works) So what went wrong? I mixed lye & water together at 78 degrees. My oils were 60% Coconut, 20% Castor & 20% Olive (first time I've used castor) & I used the Lye Calculator. Should I have had the lye & water hotter? Was it the fragrance oil or was it the quantity of Castor Oil? The photo on Left was me swirling & banging air out of it. I didn't try anything with the other as I knew that was fruitless. It looks hot processed & thankfully it passed the zap test. The 2nd lot of photos is a soap I made last week. My first attempt with colours & swirling, so was pretty pleased with myself ...... "Bad Mistake!"
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