4.04.2013

simple is best...for me

Last week was very frustrating.  I soaped a new fragrance and had disastrous results...three times!  The second time I rebatched...and after doing some research, I think it was a waste of time.  I still need to work on that post, so that will be soon to come.

I began the new week with a new fragrance (Lemon Verbena), and decided not to use any colorants or techniques...just wanted to keep things as simple as I could this time!  I haven't made round soaps in a long time either, so I dug out my pvc pipe mold, which had been packed away. 

 

I'm happy to report that everything went smoothly...phew!  This batch also has high oleic sunflower oil in it, so I can't wait to see how it feels.  Also, this fragrance is amazing!  I've been searching for a good lemon scent, and I think I've found it!

15 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your frustration Kalla :( The Lemon Verbena soap turned out so pretty though...the sides of your soap are so smooth, like glass!

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    1. Thanks, Christine...I hope the soap gremlins stay away because I still have some new FOs to soap! :) It was a breeze to unmold the soap...it just slid right out, and the soap log was so smooth. I put it in the freezer first for a couple of hours, though...that helped.

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  2. Simple is the best! And you got beautiful round soaps.

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  3. I understand you are sad because of the fragrances you were trying( I had a bad time in December also because I was trying some fragrances and I know how it feels to invest time and good ingredients without having a nice result), but this soap looks so beautiful, Kalla, love the fragrance too.

    Simple is the best for me too!
    Wish you a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Natalia...it's such a bummer to have all those good ingredients go to waste. Glad to hear you haven't had any more problems since December! :) I love this scent..it's so fresh and uplifting. You have a great weekend too! :)

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  4. I also went through a phase of soap not turning out, seizing, etc. I realized it was my soap recipe and sometimes the fragrance, but ultimately both combined. Your soap looks so beautiful. Simple is pretty.

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    1. Thank you! Mine was a combination of things too. I adjusted, but it still didn't work out. I don't think I will be ordering that FO again, lol.

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  5. I love the natural beauty of your Lemon Verbena bars, Kalla! Sounds like a lovely scent, too. I know what you mean about wanting to make a simple soap after a mishap. I had a couple of soaping sessions in a row that were disasters due to seizing. After that, I just wanted to make a simple, single pour soap with no fancy techniques. There is something soothing about making a simple batch, especially after a string a frustrations.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Everything you just said, I agree with 100%...it's so relaxing to just make a simple batch!

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  6. Is the lemon verbena from Rustic? I have it in my cabinet, waiting to use it; I have so many from them just waiting! Was the seize soap FO also from them? If so you can email tech there and let them know so they can add appropriate notes for CP on the website. I had a batch seize with vanilla lace; it smells so wonderful, and I hate vanilla -- but now the note is there for future soapers. :)

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  7. The lemon verbena is from Rustic...love it, and it soaped just fine! Yes, the one that seized was also from Rustic...Childrens Room. The notes on the RE website say no A and D....but mine seized. Then I soaped at a lower temp and same thing..also riced on me. I also checked on the SSRB and no one seemed to have any problems...just me. :/

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  8. I think that the worst soaper nightmare is seizing. I still have almost 0,5 l on stock of FO which I still can not use in CP soap. I had several trials with different recipes but all of them were disaster. Although I use it for HP soaps somehow I still did not give up. I am now wondering if castile soap recipe would be good one for this FO. I plan to try it soon… Simplicity is best for me also! Those round soaps turned perfect. In addition you took really nice pictur, which is also not easy, when you have to capture simple designed soaps. Grate job!

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    1. It's frustrating, isn't it?! I hope your castile recipe works out and doesn't seize. Round soaps are a little challenging to photograph...it seems like you have to get just the right angle, or they look really "weird"...and thanks so much! :)

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