Failure Happens

No matter what you do in life, failure can happen. Don’t give up!

I had probably my first big fail when it comes to creating soap. I share this with you because life happens. I don’t want to be one of those people that are all peaches and cream. Life Happens. Mistakes Happen. But you know what? I’m not going to give up! I’m going to do what I can to salvage my soap.

I bring to you this post as encouragement to not give up on the things that you want! Testing requires trial and error! While I’ve been exceptionally lucky thus far with my testing, I too have my own errors with to deal.

I decided to give a new recipe a test for my fall holiday fairs I have planned. And the first two batches I made just didn’t seem to work out for me. One stayed extremely soft. The other… Well, it’s a little bit more brittle than I would expect. Because I’m not too familiar with how this recipe sets up, I’m hoping that this isn’t a real problem.

Rustic Rebatch

Pictured above is the first soap of the new recipe I tested out. It stayed extremely soft after twenty four hours — think a fist full of shortening soft. I tossed that soft batch of soap into a crockpot to “rebatch” the soap by hot processing it.

Rebatching soap is essentially taking soap that has either cosmetic imperfections or technical issues that requires correcting. The soap is shredded down and remelted to allow remolding. This cooking process forces saponification to complete before the soap is remolded! That means the soap is 100% safe to use immediately after it has been cooked.

Rebatching does not create as pretty of a soap bar as the initial effort of the cold processing soap would have created. Cooked rebatched soap does not pour as beautifully smooth as freshly blended cold processed soap batches. The result of a rebatch is a more rustic look. That look can have its time and place. And thankfully the new recipe I attempted was with scents that were what I would consider more masculine. So a rustic look might just work!

Now, I have to wait to see if this rebatching worked. I’ve never had to rebatch a soap before. The small pieces I cut off seemed to crumble a bit. I’ll have to wait the four to six weeks to see if the bar as an appropriate hardness without the crumbling issues.

Brittle Shavings

The second batch of soap that I made with this new recipe hardened much better than the first batch of soap. I did not rebatch this soap. However, when I cut it this morning, I because slightly concerned that it seemed a little flakey and brittle. This isn’t a texture that I’m used to for my soaps.

So, I too have to wait the four to six weeks to see if this soap is OK to sell. For all I know, this soap had hardened fast (like I understand it is supposed to do) and I ended up cutting it a little later than I should have. I’ll be able to tell when the cure time has passed if this soap is appropriately hard or inappropriately brittle.

Mistakes Happen.

I will have to chalk up true failures from time to time. When I worked in a restaurant, things would burn. Things wouldn’t taste right. Measurements would be off. Too much of a product would be made. Mistakes and loss happened. While you generally want to avoid these things, it will happen.

Now I have to decide what to do with a batch of lotion I think I put a tad too much peppermint in…

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