I like to experiment with soap. New techniques, colors, designs, you name it and I want to try it. But sometimes things go wrong and I love to write about what I do when that happens. This is in part because those tales are more interesting that success stories, and this tale reminds me of one of the things I love about soaping. With very few exceptions, there is always a a way to fix a soap gone wrong. Here is one such tale.
Part 1. Tried new technique using hot process where I did a two color gradient and put a charcoal pencil like in between each layer. However, after I was all done and cleaning up I noticed the fragrance still sitting in its little bowl. Hhmm, a yellow and green unscented soap? I thought long and hard about whether this soap needed a new plan but I did not rush to make a decision.
I thought maybe I could fix this by cutting up the soap and using that as embeds. it worked, but I did not love how it came out.
I was going to call it a day but every time I looked at this soap I thought “so not what I had in mind when I made this soap”. *SIGH*
Part 2. I attempted this neat technique that I read about on the soap queen’s blog only I my soap looked nothing like her soap. Not only did I have a dreadful time getting the pipes out, I put them too far apart, and the filler soap I made traced way too fast (aka became very thick which made it hard to pour). So, another soap that I was not happy with.
I decided to shred both part 1 and 2 and combine them into a brand new soap, and you know what, I LOVE the new soap. The scents of both go so well together – a lightly floral and a citrus scent. And the pattern in this soap would be impossible to make from soap batter.
If you have a food processor with the shredder attachment, use it! It saves an extraordinary amount of time vs. shredding by hand. I decided to re-batch (or french mill – a fancier term!) a few other soaps that did not come out as expected, and now I love them!
The lessons I learned:
1. Re-batched soaps are not any lesser in quality or coolness than soaps made via other methods
2. This technique can save the day when one has a soaping failure
3. Never be afraid to take a chance and experiment because if it does not work out, there is always re-batching
4. I am going to refer to re-batching as french milled from now on
Have you ever made french milled soaps?