The answer to the guessing game was guessed by Mika at
I was making soap with Wine and it accelerated too fast.
(New batch of Red Wine Soap - I am so pleased with this one!!)
I am still trying to come up with something to do with that big batch of wrecked wine soap I made earlier this week... i will most likely be cutting or grating it up for a potpourri Christmas soap.... then if there are left overs, I grate it into my laundry soap but onto the happier story....
I continued with wine soap and bravely made another batch that turned out wonderfully. I used to make wine soap but in smaller batches and had no problem, did not need to boil the wine down as seems to be recommended. This is a private label soap, that I had been making for a local Winery. I tweaked the recipe slightly this time, adding a little silk, and new essential oils.
Curiously, upping the batch size, changed everything. heat heat heat. So, I made a new batch, this time using red wine that I boiled down and reduced first.
It still accelerated, but was managable. This time trace took 5 minutes instead of the distaster batch, which didn't even let me get the stick blender into it before hardening in Globs.
The scent? I added a blend of Essential Oils of Cedarwood, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, May Chang and Vetiver... but it still smells more like wine than of Essential Oils.
This batch also got ash on the top and this is a first for me. I always thought that ash came from sunflower oil soaps and as I don't use sunflower oil, I had never had it before.. But this appeared out of nowhere and I like it. I know that sometimes ash is undesirable, but I like the way this top turned out - kind of romantic.
So pleased with my new wine soap. So pleased that I am sorry to be handing this entire lot over to the winery.... I think I will be making another batch to sell in the shop!!