Something I learned today....
Storing shrink wrapped soaps does not ensure quality, I guess unless they were hermetically sealed (aka, no sniffy spot)
i always yell at myself for not wrapping when they are ready, then having to do a bunch in a pinch. I have my first vendor event next saturday so I am getting all of my soaps in order.
I have a lot of both wrapped and unwrapped cured soaps. The unwrapped ones were perfect. I just needed to go over them a little with a beveler and microfiber cloth and stuff and blast with the heat gun. I put off the ones that I had previously wrapped, thinking that all I needed to do was hit with a heat gun because of shrinkage.
Those stored wrapped soaps are a nightmare!! I had to unwrap every single one of them. A bunch didn't look bad but smelled rancid. The "sniffy spot" on them got all weird shriveled up looking and the exposed spot attracted dust and dirt even though they were just tucked away in a box. Older soaps that I hadn't wrapped were all perfectly fine. I have soaps that I put in a soap box a long time ago because I was experimenting with packaging...those ones are fine. Its just the shrink-wrapped ones that I lost a lot of.
It might be my weather and fluctuation of temperatures..or maybe my tendency to look at unwrapped soaps more often to inspect them. I dunno. But definitely today I got a rude awakening that its best (for me anyway) to not shrink wrap until they are going to be sold.
I have two exact same recipes made from the exact same bottle of FO, On the exact same day...one I am still currently using in my shower, and the other batch just all got tossed because it smelled funky.
You might have all known this already, but I just figured it out.
Still going through the soap carnage. Its very depressing. I will still have enough to do the event on Saturday, but I just cannot believe how much I lost. Nothing is older than 6 months, but some of them look (and smell) like they have been sitting around for a decade. All the same recipe.
Now that I have decided to jump into the vendor events, this is going to put me back because I am going to have to get moving on making soap. Unless this week is a total flop and I don't sell anything, I won't have enough soap ready to do another event for at least a month, pouring every minute into making soap...not totally a bad thing per se lol. I guess I am going to have to tell the lady to take me off the list for now (it's a weekly event every Saturday, and you get a good spot and a discount for signing up for multiple events).
Anyway, moving forward. Back to thinking positive.... this saturday is going to be a good event. It starts at 4 and ends at 8. They are going to have alcohol vendors, which is always good for sales LOL. I had to pay $50 instead of the usual $35 for the morning markets. I bought solar string lights and a battery pack that I can plug things into (like electric lights and a cell phone, etc.). My table is probably going to be a little plain until I get some more decorations though. But that's ok, I never judged a vendor by their table before anyway LOL.