Friday, April 21, 2006

Floating Soap

Well after many requests from my neice over the years, I've attempted it. Floating soap. I think the first time Hilary asked me to make a floating soap, she was about 8 years old and she's finishing high school this year. I wasn't sure if it actually will float, but I tried anyway. I've thought about it on an off over the years, but just never got at trying it.

It's probably one of the ugliest soaps I've ever made (because of the floating requirement), but the other goodies I've put in it fulfilled another request from her. It's an acne soap. It's a pinky-beige colour with lots of specks of ground comfrey root, which is really healing. It has lavender, petitgrain, geranium and patchouli essential oils, all wonderful for acne and skin care. It smells terrific.

What I did was made cold process soap, then after it was finished its 24 hours in the mould, I rebatched it in the slow cooker. When it was heated up to a gel, I added my essential oils and stirred them in, then took my mixer, not the hand blender and whipped it. Then when it was puffy, I put it in the mould again. It's been out of the mould for a couple of days now. It's not pretty ... no, definitely not pretty, it's downright ugly. But it floats. I couldn't believe it.

I think I'll try it again, but make it hot process and see if it turns out prettier. Hopefully it won't ruin my mixer either.

Happy Soaping.


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