Soap today

Got a couple of batches done so far: GMS and Chocolate Raspberry Ice. Bit of a disaster with the CRI. Read more below, if interested in glop, soap prayers and notes to self about switching recipes in the middle of making them.

Good Morning Sunshine (reformulated):  heavy EO use: Orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, lemongrass,
litsea, pink grapefruit.  5% usage rate, because the scent throw
just hasn’t been strong enough after cure with 3%.  Color pastilles to get the right yellow and orange, the dioxide yellow
was too “mustard” looking. 

Raspberry Chocolate Ice:  Apparently, I’m insane, and decided to
layer this batch to keep the chocolate from turning everything
brown..  Standard oil/H20 weight. 

  1. Pulled 30 ounces out and added the chocolate.  Set very
    fast, hand stir.  Poured easily, but only had about 3 minutes
    total to get from pull to pour. 
  2. Pulled 30 ounces out  and added raspberry and color. 
    Color disappeared.  Not a trace of it.   Er?  Soap
    starting to set, soap in pot also starting to set. 
  3. Panic. 
  4. Calm down. 
  5. Add raspberry pull to rest of pot, stir in to try and stop
    instant set, while mixing more color.  Here’s where things got
    crazy.  Adding color to do pot swirl.  Remembered that I
    forgot the wintergreen oil.  (Mistake:  making a tricky
    recipe with oils I’ve never used in CP soap.  Oops.) 
  6. Added Wintergreen EO.  Soap seized instantly. 
    Crap.  Swirl the color in as best as I can, into a gloppy batch
    that has started to resemble mashed potatoes. 
  7. Pour, if one really stretches the definition of pour, into mold
    on top of chocolate layer.  Cover mold, move to gelling station,
  8. Pray.  (Oh gods of alkali, hear my prayer…please let the
    sap and gel of this soap work, because it’s such a cool idea, and it
    smells so very good.  Please do not make it hideously ugly and
    lava like.  In Saponification’s name we pray…” )

So, what did I learn today?

  1. 5 kilogram containers of essential oil should probably be put in
    smaller bottles, rather than trying to pour an ounce from an 11 pound
    bottle.  Just saying.  Common sense, really. 
  2. Wintergreen is a very testy oil when it comes in contact with anything alkaline.  Good to know. 
  3. Test batches exist for a reason…deciding to modify a recipe in
    the last 5 minutes of making a batch by switching from a known
    (peppermint) to an unknown (wintergreen) is a particularly insane thing
    to do when working with normal batch sizes. 

On the plus side, some of my greatest recipes have come from batches
that I thought were never, ever going to work, so I’m not terribly
discouraged.  Also, wintergreen is such a desired oil for foot and
skin products that it’s probably best, considering its cost, to save it
for lotions, balms and whatnot and continue with the known qualities of
peppermint and spearmint, which are genius in soap. 

I was going to make another big or double batch of pumpkin, but I think
instead, I’m going to watch NASCAR, and make pumpkin tomorrow. 

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