I have been saving all of my cold process soap scraps from 2011 and finally decided to make use of them. I was surprised myself by the quantity and total weight of all. Overall, I had almost 400 grams of unused bits.
|soap scraps and bits from 2011|
|Total weight of 2011 scraps|
After weighingall this, I decided to substract the 390 gr from my usual recipe and add the srcaps at trace. I wanted to make the base soap with coconut milk instead of purified water which I usually do. I had some coconut milk in freezer, but something went wrong when I added the lye. It never happen to me before with milk soaps. I got separated sour milk.
Although technically you can use any liquid, I wasn't really prepared to experiment this time with such a large batch. Finally, I decided to toss away the substance and use green tea instead. Bearing in mind that any other type of liquid appart from water can morph your fragrance and alter the soap color, I decided to play it safe. Or at least, safest I could get. That's why I decided to color the soap in light green wth a mixture of titanium dioxide and green chrome pigment. I have not used green tea before, only chamomille, and the solution was quite dark. I was wondering how will it affest my fragrance combo.
As for the fragrance, I decided to use up some leftowers. At first I thought I'll try to mix up only complementary fragrances, but later on I thoght to give it a try to some crazy mix. After all, if you don't dare to risk, you may never end up with a masterpiece. On the other side, the chances that you will fail miserably and end up with a stinky smell that resembles the bottom of a swamp are equally high.
In my FO line up were: black tobacco, strawberry, peach, mint-rosemary, zucchini flower and daffodil. I usually put 28 grams of FO's per 500 grams of soap and this was a 2 kilo batch, so in total - 112 grams. I know that it seems like a fruty punch, but I could not reallydistinguish specific notes within the mixture at the end.
The whole batch did seize up quite quickly. I soaped this time on room temperature. It is my favorite since the beginning of these cold months. It makes the whole process a bit longer and my time spent in our cozy kitchen, more enjoyable during cold and gloomy days.
The thing that struck me the most when I cut off the first slice was the inenssity of mint that was breaking through all the scents. It gave it a sort of zesty sharpness that I quite like. I appologize about the light, it is quite off here, so I will still owe you better photos.
You can see the random shapes and dots from the inserted soap bits and scraps. The sliced dollops look quite strange, and I belive I could not guess the origin of the shapes like this from the looks of it it myself if I have not known what I put.
|the morning after|
I am curious to see what my friends will say about this one. I decided to name it Carneval 2012 as it is a noisy, colorful celebration of soap art and an ode to creativity in general. This soap is unique and due to its versatile origins it cannot and will not be duplicated in the future. Nevertheless, I will continue collecting all my soapy scraps that will be passed on into a new creation in the future. Maybe Carneval 2013?
I will be back in few days with updated photos in a proper setting.
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