Darn it, photos would have been brilliant to illustrate what I am about to describe, but I was too Â busy a) panicking, then b) setting things right. I spent the afternoon making Goats Milk and Honey soap, and here are the mishaps that transpired along the way to finally setting the soap in their molds to harden (with a HUGE sigh of relief!).
Accident 1: Knocking Over a Jug of Oil / Milk Powder Mixture
I had set aside a portion of my mixed oils to be blended with goats milk powder in my latest batch of soap. At that point I was also starting to feel hungry and a growing craving for something sweet — my hands were actually shaking! Eager to get through my session a little quicker than usual, I tried to speed things up a little. That’s when I turned and knocked over the jug, creating an oily, powdery puddle on one end of my kitchen worktop.
Thank god for my servant being on-hand to help clear up the mess in a snap! But I did have to guesstimate the amount of oil and milk powder to put back into the mixture, which was a little harrowing… Anyway, the jury’s out till tomorrow evening when I cut and test the soap.
Anyway, I sat down to a plateful of Nutella sandwiches right after I was done cleaning up. Feeling much less agitated now.
Moral of the story: EAT FIRST. Work can wait.
Accident 2: Miscalculating the Total Amount of Oil for a Batch
…and ending up with soap that’s almost overflowing out the top of the molds! It’ll be a great bargain for whoever buys the stuff though, since the bars will be heavier than usual. (Hint hint 😉 )
Moral of the story: It’s safer to underestimate the amount of materials required for a batch, and work in quantity changes by smaller increments.
Accident 3: Pouring Honey First BEFORE Adding Soap Mixture
I really should have known better than to do this! Unfortunately my soap mixture was already quite well-traced, which made mixing in the honey a lot more tricky than usual. I fixed it by plunging a rubber spatula right to the bottom of the jug of soap mixture to pull out the honey, then manually work it into the mix.
Moral of the story: Honey on top, and work at light trace.
So there you have it. Three things that you can avoid the next time you attempt a batch of soap.
Now please excuse me while I rest my achy hip and sore feet in time for dinner preparations…