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It's the next day. The soap has set...and as you can see...there is a layer of oil....and the lovely curdle! lol
As I said in the previous post, this is the 4th, 8lb batch that failed. I will have this figured out Friday. I think the culprit is a lovely coconut milk FO. We shall see......
I will whip up a small test batch and see if it curdles.
Well.....today was yet ANOTHER attempt at copacabana (my pineapple & coconut) lovely that use to work. But the last 4 yes, FOUR...8 lb batches curdled!
At first I thought, maybe I just got mixed up and mis-measured. Tried it again. Same outcome...
Then I thought, well, maybe I mis-measured again?! (blonde) So I tried it again. Same outcome...
THEN I thought I'll have someone else measure and I'll fragrance.......SAME OUTCOME.
So today, was the fourth attempt. I ran the recipe thru the soap calc, carefully measured, fragranced and yet again......Can I just throw it out the window?! lol
Seriously. 32 lbs of soap. Makes me crazy!!
Apparently it's an additive. I must have fragranced with a mix of pineapple and coconut and then I found a lovely blend of the two (a different fragrance oil) and have been using that. I suspect it's the culprit.
Tomorrow is festivities with the family...and stuffing ourselves with turkey and the trimmings and ending the night by playing a card game called GUTS. A family favorite! hee-hee
So Friday will be test day. A small batch I'm switching out the suspected FO and see if it curdles.
I will keep you posted!
Happy Thanksgiving! Eat, drink & be merry! :)
peace~love and thankfulness,
Maybe you've seen these before, maybe you haven't. I ran across them on etsy, so this is definitely not my idea, but who ever thought of it first...all I can say is.....GENIUS!
What better stocking stuffer than a sack of COAL? Or soap, that is! ;)
Handmade soap made to look like coal. hee-hee I LOVE this idea!
And the smell....well, like Christmas of course! It's a cute gag-gift....but in the end, it's still yummy soap, so the smell had to be the blend of the holiday tree, smelling fresh of Balsam Fir...and gingerbread men, hot out of the oven, with grandmothers pumpkin pie looking sweet on the counter, with a few cranberries & figs thrown in there somewhere. It's luscious and makes me smile ever time I smell it.
Each sack holds roughly 4 oz of soap. The roughly chopped pieces are placed into the bag and cinched at the top. It's stamp reads: been a little naughty? Sack of COAL.
I can see these in many a stocking...so get to makin' some lumps o' coal soapers! It's fun, pretty easy and will make those that receive it, smile.
I first saw these adorable soaps at jabon-soap blog. They are cute little coconut milk based soaps, set into pastry paper and topped with calendula flowers, rose petals and coffee beans.
And so, I'm sharing my, albeit, not perfect, attempt. :)
I'm posting the recipe found on Nuria's blog
800 gr Olive Oil
150 gr Shea butter
50 gr Castor Oil
225 gr Coconut Milk
122 gr lye
I doubled the amounts, for a double batch.
First I chilled my coconut milk in the freezer until it was almost frozen, but still in the slushee phase. I slowly added my lye.
Measured out my oils- added my lye mixture and stirred into the oils....until incorporated.
I put out 4 Rubbermaid bowls, to pour off a bit of raw soap into each container, to scent.
I decided to scent with lavender EO, rose absolute, vanilla absolute and a lovely EO blend that I make called zen blend.
I then chose my botanicals or toppings for the soap cakes.....I went with rose petals, coffee beans, calendula flowers and lavender.
Ok, first thing I realized is, you want to put these in the paper, AFTER the soap has begun to set up a little. Where it starts to thicken and you can scoop it like thick applesauce....if not, you end up with too runny, raw soap, that wants to leak out of the papers. You can see how loose the soap cakes are with the lavender on top...
As I plugged along, I realized that thicker soap was important, and thankfully, soap thickens on it's own- so this problem took care of itself and I was able to spoon out portions of soap and top with the botanicals.
In the end, they started to look more like what I had seen, although Nuria's soaps are far more beautiful!
And of course, I wouldn't be me if I didn't flub something......I happened to grab the vanilla absolute and add it to the soap that I had already dropped a few drops of red colorant into..which was supposed to be the rose....but turned out to be a vanilla rose. :) These things happen. A lot....... To me. ;)
Also, I asked Nuria if the soap would stick to the paper, assuming it would. She said they would stick, but that she uses two papers, when she fills the soaps. After they set, the next day or so, she easily peels off the paper that has stuck to the soap and replaces it with a new paper. Easy peasy.
Try these adorable little soaps yourself. Wouldn't they be fabulous on a cake pedestal? I'll take more pictures tomorrow after these set.
peace~love~and sharing the knowledge,
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Lots of things in the works for yummy. Oh, I can't WAIT to show you what we've got cooking in the soap kitchen. So cute for the holidays too. You'll have to wait for it...I'm still waiting to get it finished. Adorable really...and I'm sure will be in many a stocking this year. I'll get it posted soon so you guys can make some! You'll love it!!
Also the yummy website is being revamped as well. As soon as that's available I'll show it off baby!
Do you like FREE? Yes, of course you do....well, be sure to visit Tammi at myorganizedchaos and see what she's saying about little ol' me! Plus you get to register to get some free goodies......which as Martha would say, is "a good thing!"
The holidays are coming and that means PUMPKIN BREAD! Yay! I've blogged about this scrumptious bread and even shared the recipe.....so be sure to get that! ;) Making that this year to bring to our families festivities. Yum. It's sinful and fat free! hee-hee NOT! REALLY not. Like 3 cups of sugar, NOT! :) But hey, it's good and it's Thanksgiving, which is a time we all stuff ourselves like turkeys! Or maybe that's just me...
Ok dahlings. I'm SOOOO excited to share the latest, albeit novelty item, but still...so cute!