HOBBY OR BUSINESS
Making colorful, patterned designed cold processed soap is a hobby for some. As you know, for me, it's my business. But unlike many people, who turn a hobby into a business, I STILL LOVE MAKING SOAP! I am on a forever quest to make soaps that are practical, effective, safe and stunning in appearance.
So sometimes, I'm just messing around (slang for "experimenting) to see what works...and what doesn't. Often I make a small 1 lb mold especially if testing a new recipe (common term for "formulate" that doesn't sound as intelligent).
SMALL VS LARGE BATCHES
What works for a small batch, often will not work for large batches. As a business, I need to maximize my time and make large batches. It's a balancing act to find a pattern and fragrance (that includes essential oils) that can be established before the soap has traced (thickened) too much. Once the soap reaches a thick trace, it can not be worked with. If the soap is not already in the mold, you can only scoop it in chunks. Sort of like blobbing it in. When that happens, you can have holes in your soap.
So, this batch was the second time I tried this method. What happened the first time? FAILURE! It set up so fast, I could not get the grid out. I had to wait til it saponified (turned into soap), unmold it and cut the grid off. Those bars were good and even pretty, but too short to sell. They are sitting over here in a box. When the box is full of my blunders, I will donate to a women's shelter.
This batch shown in the above video, I used a different fragrance oil...one that I knew would give me more time to work. But as you can see, I barely made it.
Can I make multiple batches at the same time with this technique? Not unless I find a fragrance oil that slows down the trace even more. As I note in the video, I am soaping around 80 degrees F. Any lower and I risk, no soap at all.
Hope you enjoy watching. Send me your comments, questions, etc...