And here we have yesterday’s batch of soap. These are the soap logs, just popped out of the molds with the paper lining stripped away. The golden brown mid section is the portion of soap that contains honey. The entire soap base has powdered goats milk in it (this is premium stuff, mind you, all the way from the Netherlands!) giving it a nice, warm creamy colour. You might notice that the surface of the soap is cracked in some places–this is because my oil and lye mixture was a bit on the warm side when I poured it into the mold (thanks Melissa for pointing out this reason).
After the bars were cut, this is what they look like on the curing rack. I’m pretty pleased with the colours! The black lines you see running across the soap were made with cocoa powder, a technique I picked up from Tiggy Fiander of Future Primitive, a lovely soapmaker who not only makes amazing soap, but also sells really pretty plants online.
Since I used less water in this formula, these bars should be ready for use in about 2-3 weeks’ time. Will be keeping a close eye on these. My nose will be quite happy to sniff at the honeyed portions every so often. 😉