Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Contenders in the ugly soap Hall of Fame (shame?)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I've had a tremendous problem with soda ash lately. No idea why. I've taken all the preventative measures. *sigh*

Also, some of the springtime scents I've received have caused lots of heat, therefore causing huge crater-ish cracks straight down the middle of my soap logs. Now, I COULD cry and say oh-why-me and throw them out, but I'm embracing the ugly. Wrapping my arms around it and calling it mine own. YES!!!

(And besides, they still smell good!)

So, without further ado, on the rack as we speak...........

DROSTA: A tempting brew of pomegranate tea, darkened by smoky wood, and garnished with a sweet mint leaf.


BAILEY: A complimentary soap for my Barnum perfume (of course). Blood red wine sweetened just a bit juicy berries, tobacco, spice, and a insinuation of pitch black.

VAUDEVILLE:  Sugary, honeyed black tea, infused with mint and lemon, on a base of musky polished wood.

MADELINE: The complimentary soap for my Delina perfume. Spiced merlot, a hint of cocoa, and a flowery moonlight path.


FuturePrimitive said...

the soaps look lovely, not ugly in the slightest. try soaping at lower temps, then the cracking should cease. i used to get it a lot, but started soaping cooler and now they've stopped. x

The Morbid The Merrier said...

I usually give the go ahead around 100 degrees now. Whadd'ya think about 90 degrees instead?

FuturePrimitive said...

hmmm. weird. 100 should be ok. but yeah, try 90 and see if it cracks. I must admit, I had more cracking when using Fragrances. I don't ever get cracking with essential oils...

Teresa said...

I think that all of the soaps are BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL!
The cracking, hmm?
The ash....sometimes too hot + soy - ash for me.
I would love to smell them!

The Morbid The Merrier said...

Thank you. :-)

Joanna said...

Hey lady!
My soaps cracked all the time because I was too impatient. My trick was premixing my oils in a vat. (after 2 years of soaping, I just started doing this). Now I just make my lye, wait until it cools to "very warm", stir my vat o' oils, measure and make soap. I don't reheat the oils again. Perhaps I am doing something wrong, but my soaps are coming out great! And no more cracks! My palm and coconut 76 are pure liquid when mixed with my olive and castor! I am loving it :)

by the way, I have embraced ash. I think it is beautiful. Especially in the soaps you are making. The dark, more mysterious ones. Adds character and mysticism. I like it on mine when it happens.

I wrote a book here! ;)

Joanna said...

Did I just make sense?
you can email me if I didn't.