Share your “Perfectly Imperfect” soap!

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  1. Mar 11, 2019 #1

    hungryhawaiian

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    As some of you know, I’m fairly new to SMF and soaping in general. I learn fast and improvise even faster, but that doesn’t mean I’m a master at it, especially since I’m sure I haven’t even begun to pay my dues to the soap gods/goddesses.

    Up until now I’ve been embarrassed to post a lot of my soaps. I see all your posts and I just dream to be even half as successful as you all. I can’t get swirls right. My micas didn’t mix all the way. My batch seized. It only partial gelled. Too much coconut. Not enough castor oil. I forgot to put fragrances. The oil to butter ratio is way off. The list goes on! Why would I want to share my failures?

    Well, a wee little voice told me that I should post my soaps, even if I feel they’re failures. Who knows, maybe I’ll learn from others mistakes? Maybe avoid mistakes altogether from someone’s comment? And I got to thinking. . .

    . . . Are they really failures? I mean, technically they’re all soap. Oils/fats mixed with lye = soap. And remember, I’m new, so maybe it’s perfectly fine to make mistakes. Maybe it’s Perfectly Imperfect!

    So here’s my latest Perfectly Imperfect soap: IMG_4224.JPG

    Show me your latest Perfectly Imperfect soap!!
     
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    Did you hand mold that one? What's in it?

    I have quite a few batches that are ugly as sin BUT they're still soap. In fact, a number of those are awesome soaps with great lather and are very non drying. One example is my first "acne soap" and it was DeeAnna who told me this:
    I've not had a truce with micas yet. I'm too scared to try complicated swirls. I have one stinky soap where I probably burned my cocoa butter, if that's even possible lol. A lot of my soaps look like stone instead of soap and even the baby calls them "tones" haha

    You want only recent? Fine lol otherwise I'd have to take n post loads of pics haha
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    One of two sunflower oil test bars. Don't even know why they're so crumbly, and no this isn't a rebatch. Nor is it overcooked haha. I also used a recipe that I've used before, just switched 60% of the called for olive for sunflower. It lathers well, it's not drying, it smells of soap and not burned anything. Maybe it is perfectly imperfect :)
     
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    IMO and experience, there is no such thing as a "failed" soap, unless 2 things happen. 1 - a lye heavy soap with no way to "fix" it by rebatching, and 2-a DOS ridden soap (which technically is still usable soap, but BLEH!!)

    I don't have one to show at the moment as all my pics are on my home computer and I'm at my day job. :) (But I have plenty that aren't necessarily fails, but just not at all what I wanted!!)
     
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    [​IMG]My attempt at dancing funnel did not match my fantasies....
     
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    Thank you all the responses! I don’t know why but I wasn’t able to access this thread until today, since I created it.
     
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    It’s OO, CO, castor oil and shea butter. Oh and it has a fruity FO that I swear makes it smell like Hawaiian Punch (a popular drink in the US). After reading that a batch can be poured after emulsion, and not necessarily trace, I decided to try it out. Everything was great until I realized I didn’t tighten my hdpe mold properly and some of the batch leaked out the bottom of the mold. It was a slow leak so I just let it sit and do it’s thing. It saponification quick enough to stop most of it form leaking out. What did leak out I balled up and made a literal hand made soap bar. lol
     
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    What’s a dancing funnel? I rather like how your batch looks. It reminds me of a childhood candy my grandmother always had a stash of. If you had cut them up into small squares and wrapped them up in plastic, I’d probably eat a few! lol
     
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    Dancing funnel is a design technique that make a really beautiful soap...and I cant do it either...
     
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    I will have to consult with the great Google on this. lol
     
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    I hope this is the link, youtube video
     
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    Looks like Neapolitan ice cream, what did you scent it with?

    I believe soap is only a failure if it can't be used. Ugly is just fine, I made something that looked like a cross between spam and zombie flesh. I have no pictures lol.
     
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    my worst was one that I thought would be the best--my first swirl on top was very nice---during the gel the swirl kinda disappeared and when I cut it there was nothing but a few little blobs of color. I still growl when I see the soap and its been months since I made it--it smells nice though. my saying is "its always something"--I have had a total of one soap out of ALL the soaps I have made that I liked everything about it
     
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    The scent was peppermint. And we used it, it just wasn't up to my standard to give to friends and family. The one good learning was I like the shade of brown -- cocoa powder -- and now rely on that ratio.
     
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    I think I assisted in hijacking my own post, but I’m **** happy it happened! Dancing funnel technique is going to be my next thing to try! I freaking love the way it looks!
     
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    hahaha I was thinking I have done a couple funnel soaps and a fake funnel and before I watched the video I thought I maybe needed to try it but it looks way to putzy for. it is pretty awesome isn't it. good luck and let us know how it turns out :)
     
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    When I hit my "right recipe" I'm working towards, I'm going to celebrate it with my first-ever large batch so I can try this Dancing Funnel. Honestly, it looks pretty easy-peasy -- is it not? Does Holly just make it look easy???

    @Zing I KNOW you can do this!! Maybe you went past emulsion and ran out of time?
    Something happened, you know what it is (don't have to tell us) -- try this again, please. :D
     
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    I’m definitely trying it this weekend.
     
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    It isn't difficult but you do need a recipe that doesn't accelerate. Make sure your fragrance is non-accelerating and use a slow to trace recipe. And start with a small batch.

    Just a few things I learned from the Dancing Funnel challenge.
     
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    I definitely didn’t read this comment soon enough... lol
     
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