Hello all, I have not posted much lately as I was busy putting the finishing touches on my 2nd soap e-book. Now that is behind me and I can catch up on a few posts I have been meaning to get to.
I recently made a batch of Patchouli, Grapefruit & Peppermint soap with a combination of oxides, micas and natural activated charcoal. My vision was to have a swirled pink white and black soap. Well, I sort of accomplish that goal, but the activated charcoal migrated and ruined my swirl.
It all started out OK and I got my colorants all mixed and ready to go.
Next I made the soap batter and mixed in the colorants. Still going fine.
Then I got all of my colors poured into the mold and swirled. Still OK.
Then when I tried to texture the soap top, everything fell apart. All I did was spoon texture this and the black colorant decided to take over and create a gray sludge.
Ok, whatever, right? So I covered the top with Snowflake Sparkle Mica and decided that this might not be my most beautiful soap on the outside, but maybe the inside would be great.
Not! I cut the soap and the black had migrated everywhere. So I decided that I am not going to use the activated charcoal anymore in anything that requires swirls. It worked fine when I did a plain black anise soap, but there were no swirls. I think I will remake this recipe with another black colorant like Luster Black Mica.
I am not heartbroken over this anyhow. Patchouli is an acquired taste and I guess I never acquired it. I wanted to try it since it seems to be a popular scent with people, and I thought that maybe it would be OK if I just used a tiny amount of it and let it mellow out as the soap cured. I think just the peppermint and grapefruit would suit me just fine next time.
Now, what do do with an ugly soap batch that I don’t like the smell of very much? Usually I just keep the ugly ones for personal use, but I usually like how they smell. I am not sure what the fate is going to be for these little ugly ducklings.