Soaping gone wrong!
Making soap is a lot like baking. You measure out your ingredients, mix them together in a specific order and then bake. However, in the soap recipes, the baking step can be done a few different ways. I learned recently that temperature matters, just like in baking, and that letting the soap cure at the wrong temperature can be a disaster. I was so excited about the colors and fragrance I had used (blood orand & goji berry) that I redid the batch right away. Fortunately, the second batch came out much better!
So, what to do with the first batch? well, I had heard about "rebatching", which is essentially melting down a batch of soap and trying again. However, as you may expect, the cool swirls will get lost and the soap will end up a more uniform color. That is ok because at least the soap would be usable.
The standard process for rebatching suggests that you shred the soap with a cheese grater but I was short on time and just chopped it up into small chunks with a knife.
Well, the rebatched soap came out nicely. It certainly is not in the league of what I intended, however, it is usable and the fragrance survived the rebatch process.