I was a bit concerned the day after I took the soap out of the mould to see that the top had a crust on it and was hoping it wasn't from using the wrong amount of lye as my scales are a bit unreliable sometimes.
However, I tried the soap today and it lathered up beautifully despite its appearance so I will definitely use this method again as it is so much quicker. Apparently I should have covered the mould overnight to prevent the crust forming.
As mentioned in the previous post I just mentioned... Learning a New Method of Soapmaking ...I used the following ingredients:
172g caustic soda/lye
1000g olive oil
I thought I might give the soap a pinkish tinge by adding Hibiscus Tea to the water first but that didn't work out in the end unfortunately.
I added the lye and the tea must have made it smell worse than usual. What a pong! :-)
Then I added the chopped up copha to the lye mixture and stirred until it melted...
...before adding the olive oil.
Then I used the stick blender to bring it to trace....
...before pouring it into the mould.
Today I watched the tutorial by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin when he was making Lemon Cream Pie Soap and he covered his mould overnight with a towel whereas Racheal didn't so I guess it is just a matter of preference. Gavin did put a top on his mould before wrapping it up by the way. Check out the video as it is very interesting.
I will try this method again as it is much quicker than warming up the oils even though I spilled the soap when I was moving the silicone mould onto a board as I had forgotten to do that beforehand and they are very wobbly and need to be on a hard surface. I made quite a mess and was hoping that the there wouldn't be any damage to the bench from the lye but it was okay...as was my track suit top, pants and T Shirt. LOL!
After the rain I have been checking out the garden and most of the lettuce, silverbeet and kale has gone to seed and it isn't worth planting anything at this stage as my son and I are going to the beach next week so it will all have to wait till I get back. I should have arranged for my trip to Mt.Isa and to the beach to be further apart but you just have to grab the QANTAS specials when you get the chance as the normal 'economy' price ONE WAY is now $361. Isn't that exorbitant?
There are few beautiful Orchid Cacti flowering at the moment and they are adding a bit of colour to the garden as the poppies are nearly finished and not much else is flowering at present.