Sunday, April 24, 2016

Good, Bad, and Ugly

About a month ago I made blueberry soap.  I used a fragrance oil I had in stock.  It tends to turn soap a little brown and some of the blue micas will morph when used with it.  It turned very ugly.  The swirls were great, but the it almost had a greenish-brown film on the outside.  When the film is removed, it appears again.  This soap was requested and I couldn't sell something that looked like this mess.  I made another batch of blueberry soap last week.  I purchased a new fragrance oil and coloring.  Instead of micas, I used pigment.  Pigment tends to hold up better when soap is acidic.  There is a tiny bit of darkening, but the blue is pretty.

New batch of blueberry soap: 

Old batch of blueberry soap after curing a month.  Yuck!:

You can see the big difference.  Even seasoned soap makers make ugly soap on occasion.

Plain Jane soap without color or fragrance.  Colloidal oatmeal is on on top and in the soap.
New Christmas Holiday soap in the mold.

Grand-baby and her chicken.  She isn't quite 2 in this pictures and she goes out to the chicken coop with her daddy and helps with collecting eggs and feeding the chickens.  She will also pick up chickens and give them loving hugs. 

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