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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Brittle Soap To Make The Dumpster Smelly


I read all the articles and they all tell me I put too much lye in the batch, which I didn't, but okay, whatever. I was going to rebatch the brittle nasties, but I think I'll toss them. They'll just turn gray and get ugly and I am tired of them already. I don't even like the way they smell.

So it's important to share the crap mistakes along with the pretty stuff. I learn from others when they make mistakes and hopefully you can learn from mine, even though I won't admit to this one.

18 comments:

soapdeli said...

Grate it, add washing soda and borax, and use it in the laundry.

Teresa R said...

To my (perhaps untrained) eyes, they're still very lovely soaps. Sorry they were such a bummer batch. There's got to be one every once in a while, I guess. We love you anyway. :)

Michelle said...

Sorry about the bummer batch Joanna. You know if you used too much lye or not and I believe your right. I've had mishaps in the past and "troubleshooting" articles, books, whatever - tell u it is one thing when u as the creator you know isn't correct.

I think there are some mystery flops... maybe a scientist can explain but like you said... whatever - from where I'm sitting your soap looks great. Just toss it in the "oh well" pile and move on to the next batch :)
Thank you for sharing :)

Robin said...

it looks like a tasty treat of chocolate and peanut butter fudge:)

Epicure68 said...

Ditto what Teresa and Robin said. You sure you can't sell them on a clearance table or something? Remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder, just as long as it's not lye. :)

Carrie @ Under the Willow said...

Been there~ done that~ 12lbs in the trash because a phone call came in and I forgot ONE ingredient...

Ais' said...

Hello Joanna, thanks for dropping by my blog the other day :•)

These soaps look like chunks of delicious chocolate cookies!

Enchanted said...

I agree. They "look" good enough to eat.

I just had a batch that I had to cook twice! I was doing CP but it started to rice so I poured it out of the mold and into the pot and cooked it over a pan of water. It had some oil on top a couple days later so I chunked it up and cooked it again. This time it took but it has holes in it because it was so stiff when I put it in the mold.

Patrice @ The Soap Seduction said...

yeah, these look pretty good to me. i like the laundry soap idea though. i'm thinking of doing that with a couple of my funky batches.

The Dirty Business Bath Co. said...

Boo. That sucks. Sorry dude.

seifenlädchen said...

Could it be that you used to much hard oils? My soap looks like that when I used to much coconut and palm oil. But instead of my 'ugly'soap yours look like cake!

Emmy said...

Sorry your soap flopped. It looks like it would have been gorgeous. Soap Gremlins get us all sooner or later. Just remember what a great ratio of glorious vs. crumby you have! Glorious wins, hands down.

Amy W said...

That really is beautiful soap!! What does it smell like anyway? Not fudge, I'm assuming.

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

that sucks cause it sure is a pretty cool looking batch.

kat said...

I can empathize. You should make laundry soap from it. Wish I had thought of that when I had lye pockets a while ago.

SoapWithBalls said...

I've had this happen too. Your looks good though.

Maggie said...

Hello Joanna,

I love the way your soap looks!

The same thing happened to 2 weeks ago, and this is what I did:
I've read somewhere that loss of heat could also be the cause to brittle soap, so when the first cut appeared to be brittle, I stopped cutting it and sent the whole thing right back to the oven and "baked" at 200F for 2 hours. Let it rest for another day and cut again -- guess what? No more brittle soap!

The Secret Garden said...

save it till april fools! you could trick someone telling them it's chocolate ;)