Seeing as how my Sincerely Vienna
(lavender) has been flying off the shelves, I've been making a lot of it lately. So when I poured my latest batch into the mold something seemed different, it didn't fill up the mold like it usually does, but of course I didn't think too much about it. Until.....I was un-molding and cutting into bars. It was much whiter then usually and it had an almost crumbly texture to it. Normally when I cut the soap is still a little moist (I'm impatient) this was almost opposite to what I normally get.
|That's not mouse poo on top, it's Lavender buds! |
I could snap the little end cuts in half! Now I had a problem....I had NO IDEA what I had done wrong. I knew it was lye heavy, my tongue is still tingling, completely forgot about those PH strips I have....Doh!! I didn't want to have to throw it out, but I wasn't sure how I would go about rebatching it when I didn't know what I had left out.
So, after some hair-pulling and a little whining and crying on a soap forum....I figured out what I did wrong! I had left out over 500 grams of olive oil! How? A little while ago my lovely husband made me a bigger mold and I in my infinite wisdom decided not to print out a new recipe but to just write the increased amounts beside my smaller recipe. My recipes are printed with pounds, oz, and grams, but I only wrote down the oz. But half-way through my recipe, while measuring the olive oil, I decided to switch from oz. to grams, because it is such a large amount. I didn't even clue in that I was using less oil, grrrrrrr!
So, now I was a little bit frustrated but also happy because at least now I knew what had happened and I could rebatch with no problem.
There you have it, my little 'Soap Drama'. Would you like to see the end result?.......not too bad after all.