- Sep 29, 2015
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I made coconut oil soap with 277g of coconut oil. It's so white but it doesn't zap. The joys of virgin coconut oil.
navigator9, I think they are lovely!
Thanks for the kind words. All I can see is how different they are from how I imagined them. And not in a good way. :Kitten Love: Dibbles, because I seem unable to make pretty soap by swirling, I can at least pour them into pretty molds. I have lots of them! Oh, and they're unscented, so there's not even that to save them!!! But I will check again in a week. Maybe the sting of disappointment will have softened by then. Thanks.Navigator, your soaps are beautiful. Truly. It happens more often than not, for me, that I have an idea in my mind of what I want the soap to look like. It rarely happens to turn out the way I have it pictured, and am disappointed. But when I go back to it a few days, or weeks, later I can appreciate it for what it is. Usually I find that I actually like it quite well. Look at your soap again in a week, and appreciate the soft colors you achieved, the pattern of the swirls and how different they are in each bar, and how it all seems to work together with the scent you created. Then try again.
I love your individual molds, BTW. They are so elegant.
I know that feeling! I am an artist in my mind!I cut a batch of avocado oatmeal soap today. It's supposed to have an AC swirl, but it just looks muddy to me. Once I made a batch and was actually happy with the swirl, deep black and just a bit of a swirl. This batch, not enough AC, and I'm just not happy with the swirl, as usual. I think my frustration with my swirling keeps me from doing it more often, and that's probably just the opposite of what I need to do...practice more! You know how you hate it when you can see the finished product in your mind, and what you end up with is nothing like that. That's what always happens when I swirl. Oh well, it's still really nice soap.
I did use the SB, but obviously what I thought was plenty of AC, was not enough. The nice AC swirl I got before was with thicker batter and less colored with AC. I did a spoon swirl. Why didn't I do that this time? Why? Why? Why? LOLI know that feeling! I am an artist in my mind!
AC is tricky. Do you know (you probably do) that if you use 3/4 tsp pre mixed AC ppo and SB you get a black batter but if you hand blend the exact same amount it turns out grey?
You still have to experiment with the exact amount to get the colour you want that doesn't bleed in the small amount of batter you swirl but at least this eliminates one huge variable that took me a while to discover.
I rushed out to tell my DH (scientist and paint chemist) when I discovered it because I was so excited and he said of course it does...and gave me this great explanation as to why. Something about shear force...all I know is that it works!I did use the SB, but obviously what I thought was plenty of AC, was not enough. The nice AC swirl I got before was with thicker batter and less colored with AC. I did a spoon swirl. Why didn't I do that this time? Why? Why? Why? LOL
I didn't know that about AC and hand mixing though, so thanks for that.
Not related to this post but you were looking for a car mold.It's a fun way of doing soap.
Soapy heartI have never had to rebatch a soap before, but if I ever need to, I agree, I think the fine one will make it "melt" easier.
I like both effects for different reasons. I think the finer shreds can be made to look like sand, without having to use additives like oatmeal.