Spearmint Soap Problems
Hello everyone! As you know, I’ve recently been making many different soap recipes and learning more and more about the soap making process. We posted a blog about the wonderful Spearmint Soap I made using our Spearmint Fragrance Oil, and now I’m back to tell you all about some of the problems I had making that gorgeous gray and green soap. That beautiful soap was actually my second time making this recipe, and as I’m sure you’ve figured out, the first time didn’t go so well! In the first recipe, instead of doing green and gray swirls, I instead tried out just an all-over green base.
One of my first problems was with my white topping for the soap. I had researched so many different pictures and had seen so many lovely whipped soap toppings that I thought this was one soap I could easily whip up and create myself! However, once I had prepared and poured my green soap base, I was waiting for my white topping to set up to a frosting consistency so that I would be able to fluff it all over the top of the soap. However, while I was waiting, I panicked and poured the white on top way too soon. This caused my top to not be able to peak as well as not being fluff-like. Because I poured too soon and my topping was still not fully set up, this also caused part of the white to sink into the green soap since the green soap was not fully set up either. You can definitely see the sinking after the soap was cut, there were no straight lines and you can see the spots where the topping sank right in! So for all of you other soap makers out there, always make sure to give your topping enough time to set up, or else you will end up with your topping sinking into your base! You also won’t be able to peak the top like you want!
Another big problem I had was using way too much green colorant for the base of my soap. Instead of coming out with a beautiful mint green color like the remake, the green of my first Spearmint Soap was a dark hunter-like green. While there is nothing wrong with a hunter green, this color did not go with the Spearmint theme. Once I completed the remake, this soap turned out absolutely beautiful! Have any of you experienced soap makers out there had any mistakes like these? I would love to hear about them! Please contact me here at Nature’s Garden, or you can always contact us here with any thoughts, concerns, or questions that you may have! Make sure to check out all of our wonderful free recipes and classes! You’re sure to adore each and every one of our recipes! Make sure to check out all of our Soap Classes as well to help you along! Make sure to keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!
Swirl Soap Problems
I have recently been experimenting with making all kinds of soap, but I had quite a few problems making my first batch of in-the-pot swirl cold process soap. I was attempting to make a soap with the signature colors of Nature’s Garden swirled into it. Wouldn’t that be so cool? We thought so, and I was so excited to try it out! However, as I’m still a newbie to the soap making process, I had quite a few problems!
One of the first problems I had was getting my colors to thoroughly disperse in my soap mixture. After having completely mixed the oils and butters with my lye water and pouring into separate bowls to mix colors, I was having problems with getting my colors mixed thoroughly. Especially the blue. As you can see in the picture below, my blue pigment ended up not mixing completely, which left little blue speckles throughout my finished soap. This is possibly caused by the color separating within its bottle. Do you know what to do if this happens to you? Deb has taught me that if I notice my color has separated, that it can be fixed by mixing it with vegetable glycerin and agitating.
See all the blue speckles?
One of my other swirl soap problems was that I did not mix my colored soap batters long enough. While this does coincide with not mixing my blue thoroughly, it did cause a completely different problem apart from the speckles. When the colored batters were still in their separate containers, I should have kept mixing them until they came to a slight trace. (Trace happens when the batter has begun to thicken. If you hold your spoon or mixer over your bowl with some batter still on and it leaves little trails on top, then it is at trace.) Instead of bringing each colored bowl to trace, I only brought them to the emulsification stage. This caused my colors to dissolve into each other while they were in the mold instead of producing an actual distinctive swirl.
There should have been a swirl instead of how the colors have just blended into each other here.
I would love to hear about any problems you’ve had with in the pot swirl technique, or just soap making in general! I’m just a newbie at this, so I am actually glad that I have been having these problems so I can learn from them! Soap making is so much fun! I’m getting ready to remake this recipe so I’ll be back to let you all know what happens! Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns!
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