Hopelessly Devoted to Soaping

Hopelessly Devoted to Soaping

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Still Learning


Guess what I learned to do today?  Yes, I made myself a light box for photo taking!  I've been pretty slow in studying up on picture taking, but now am making up for lost time.  These are my very first attempts and I'm pretty pleased.  And it was easy - even for me.  YouTube is amazing and I so appreciate all you smarties who are willing to take time to show some of us slower models how to do things!

This is a custom order of Honey Soap that's now curing.  I love my logo stamp, but I tend to try it too soon after cutting.  These were cut about four days ago, and I stamped them yesterday.  I should have stopped at one or two...sigh.  I'm pretty sure my customer will be ok with it, though.  

On a technical note, this batch was put in the fridge after pouring.  I wanted to prevent gel, due to the honey I was afraid it would get too hot and crack or creep up in the mold.  I kept it refrigerated for 24 hours, but as you can see, it looks like it still gelled partially, creating the darker center.  Am I correct about this?  Would keeping it in the fridge another day have stopped this from happening?  I love this wonderful soap bar, and I'd like to make more to sell later this year. Any advice about working with honey fellow soapers?

 

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful soap! Looks like it did go through a partial gel, but I think it just makes it more unique. I love your soap stamp!

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    1. Thank you Emily! I agree that I like the less than perfect look myself. That's part of the beauty of it to me.

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  2. I usually gel soap with honey in it because you are right, it gets really hot, and if you don't gel it, you will likely wind up with a partial gel. The trick is not to add too much. I usually max out at 1 teaspoon per pound of oils. The only time I had a problem with honey was when I added too much (I think I used 2 tablespoons for a 3-lb. batch).

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    1. Well that's something to think about. I used 3 tbsp in 2 lb batch! I will take that into consideration next time....On the other hand, the soap is awesome, but I can make some adjustments.
      Thanks for your input!

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