Here is a re-make of my favourite soap that I have made to date, except with a different scent because I was out of Patchouli EO.
The original was very similar to this just with an orange heart in the middle, and I had called it Roxana as it was a gift for a friend of mine. (Pictures posted in earlier posts) Roxana was my favourite soap because of the wonderful texture, hardness, the suds, the way it left my skin, it lasted for AGES, the colour (yes strangely enough, I loved the simple natural off-white) and the scent actually stayed on my skin for a long time, which I have found very hard to do. Maybe it was the patchouli. So basically, I have been using Roxana as a base recipe for a lot of my soaps. In this one, I was trying to come up with a way to use up the UGLY soupy greeny gray Lavender-goat milk-alkanet experimental soaps I have... so I cookie cut some hearts and stuck them in.
In this one, same batch, in a separate mould, I cut some ugly experimental soupy gray soaps up and chucked the pieces in.
Note the colour in both the pictures above. 100% of the liquid in these soaps is goat milk, adding the lye to frozen goat milk. Pretty nice off-white. I took advice when questioning my goat milk soap colour variations and the secret seems to be to keep it cool. So I did not let the lye get to above 32º Celcius and I mixed the lye and oils at 27º. Then I topped the mould but didn't put the blanket over it. I took the soap out of the mould 24 hours later. You may note in the first picture that the bottom looks whiter than the top... look closely! The only difference between the bottom and top is that I divided the soap mix in half and traced the bottom part thicker, so that the hearts would stay put, then the lighter traced mix, I poured on top. I wanted it thinner so that it would fill all the gaps and not leave holes or bubbles. But it looks like thicker traced goat-milk soap stays slightly whiter?
Here is a little peak at me making it! My husband caught me...Yeah... I know... notice the faults? Gloves but short sleeves? Goggles nicely placed not on but ABOVE my eyes? Oh well... who's perfect?...