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Spicing Things Up!

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

Ever have one of those days where you just seem to fumble your way through everything? Yeah, that was my day today. Last week I finally received a new fragrance oil in the mail that I have been waiting for and have been looking forward to using in my soap. I have been playing with more artistic aspects of soap making, like adding layers, swirls, and more dynamic colors. For a while now, I have had this plan in my head to create a bar of soap with an oceanic theme, since I love the ocean of course. My idea for an oceanic theme works perfectly with the new Bay Rum fragrance oil I received in the mail.


Today was the day I finally had time to create my beautifully planned ocean soap. Or so I thought. The entire experience was one fumble after another. There I was with my two double boilers, my soap ingredients, my three mixing containers for the colorants I planned to use, and a soap mold all ready for the soap to be poured in. The ingredients were all blending nicely and things were going great, then just as I started to pour the first layer of soap into the mold I realized I forgot to put in the fragrance oil. No problem. I caught it in time to fix the near mistake. I got all of my colors mixed and my first layer was cooling to the temperature I needed before pouring on the next layer. When I went to get the second batch I must not have had a good grip and dropped the mixing bowl, accidentally pouring hot liquid soap all over my granite countertop. Grrr! If you’re not familiar with soap making, it is an utter mess to clean up when spilled. No worries. I just kept going. 


Between each layer of soap, you need to mist a lite layer of Isopropyl Alcohol to reduce bubbling. When carrying the alcohol bottle from one counter to another I didn’t realize the top was loose. The entire bottle dropped out of my hand spilling all over the floor. No worries! I told myself to just take a deep breath and keep going. I had my dark indigo layer. I had my deep blue layer. I had my white layer. Things were layering pretty well. It was almost time for the final layer when I realized my first misstep of spilling some of the hot liquid soap on the counter left the batch slightly short to fill the entire mold. Rather quickly I threw what I needed in the pot and got it ready to add to the remaining liquid mixture. Boom!! Finally, all of my colored layers were in place in the mold where they would sit for the day to set up. All I could do at this moment was take a deep breath, cross my fingers and hope everything would come out okay in the end. 


 I was eager to take the soap out of its wooden mold to see what it looked like. I had to remind myself numerous times throughout the day to be patient. All good things come with time. When the right time finally came I was so excited to see my new artsy oceanic creation. The colors and their blending looked great! I instantly became thankful that soap is forgiving and does not hold our mistakes along the way against us. I made three mistakes while creating the Bay Rum Bar, but those mistakes, in the end, didn’t matter and did not impact the outcome. What I did discover though is I prefer making soap that is less artsy and more natural. Sometimes though, it's fun to spice things up.


Between each layer of soap, you need to mist a lite layer of Isopropyl Alcohol to reduce bubbling. When carrying the alcohol bottle from one counter to another I didn’t realize the top was loose. The entire bottle dropped out of my hand spilling all over the floor. No worries! I told myself to just take a deep breath and keep going. I had my dark indigo layer. I had my deep blue layer. I had my white layer. Things were layering pretty well. It was almost time for the final layer when I realized my first misstep of spilling some of the hot liquid soap on the counter left the batch slightly short to fill the entire mold. Rather quickly I threw what I needed in the pot and got it ready to add to the remaining liquid mixture. Boom!! Finally, all of my colored layers were in place in the mold where they would sit for the day to set up. All I could do at this moment was take a deep breath, cross my fingers, and hope everything would come out okay in the end. 

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