Yes, we are still in the middle of winter but when you make cold press soap you are a season ahead. Especially since you need to allow your soap to cure and get nice and hard which can take from 4 weeks to 6 months depending on your soap recipe. So here I am thinking of floral scents and pretty nervous since I have not done so good in the past with floral fragrances.
I have also been having such a hard time controlling the temperatures for my oils and lye water. I used to be able to mix my lye and water and while it would cool off I would melt my oils, and all the temperatures would be perfect between 100 to 110 degrees when I was ready to combine them. Well with the house being much colder, and since I usually soap late at night when the kids are finally put to bed, my mixtures are dropping down in temperature pretty quick. The last soap batch that I made the temperature dropped pretty quick and as soon as I added the Lilac fragrance oil it started getting lumpy on me. I tried to smooth it out with my stick blender and pour it in the mold but when I was finally able to unmold it I ended up with lye pockets. That was pretty frustrating!
So I asked from some advice from my fellow soapers in the TeachSoap blog and decided to follow some of their suggestions. This time I mixed my oils first and then my lye water mixture. Placing the lye pitcher in ice water bath to gently bring down the temperature as that of the oils. It actually worked. Only problem was that I had to monitor it more closely.
I decided to try "Spring Rain" fragrance oil from Nature's Garden. It is described as the following:
A musky accord enhanced with a fresh floral bouquet of carnations, tiger lilies, alyssum, orchids, and roses, with hints of fresh greenery
Here are some pics:
(Yes, I know...no floral pastel bouquet colors...I actually ran out of my pinks and yellow and had green and blue in stock to play with)
I have been stressing lately with all my failed soap batches and trying to plan out my blog when it occurred to me that the reason why I started this blog was to share my little successes and failures in this soap journey. I have learned much in the past year and continue to learn and have my "Aha!" moments.
Later this week I will share my next little "learning" experience. Got to tell you...never a dull moment when you find me making some soap :)
Thanks for checking out my blog! Happy soaping!!!