Here is so far, the ugliest soap I have ever made! Wow! Smells DEVINE, reminiscent of those lovely candies - Humbugs - but UGLY. I probably shouldn’t be posting ugly soap photos... but if it helps us learn I am willing to share.
This was going to be a Honey Coconut-Milk Shampoo bar, but 2 little things went wrong and I got this!
1) I miscalculated the honey and put in almost double what I should have...
2) I was trying The Soap Pixie’s advice on adding honey to water so that it is liquid when adding at trace... However I didn’t let the honey-water mix cool down enough so after all of my work getting the coconut milk and oils to the same brilliant temperature of 32º before mixing, then mixing and bringing it to trace nicely, when I added the honey-water mix it set so quickly that it almost froze and went bright orange! I had to scoop, pat, push, coerce the mix into the moulds... then thumped the moulds a little hoping the mix would settle but NO. I pushed & poked some more...
So, if this one cures nicely, I will have a bunch of UGLY but deliciously smelling Shampoo Bars LOADED with honey. ALL for my own personal consumption!!
I will make another attempt and maybe post pix so you can see the difference a little temperature can make!
PS. I have since cut this soap into bars and it crumbled at the bottom... can all this really be down to temperature & over doing the honey?