As soap makers, we've all had at least one batch of soap that came out completely different from what we intended, but were pleasantly surprised with the outcome. So this week's challenge on Soaper's Retreat (SR) was to post pictures of surprise soap.
Summer Rains, a member of SR, is responsible for this challenge idea. "Fun!", I thought. Thank you, Summer, for the suggestion!
Here are a few that caught my eye:
Joy Barnes, "The Blob - Planned orange with a black swirl. I added all of the EO to the orange and by the time i got through my 2nd layer the orange had formed a large thick blob, with the black still very runny, so I grabbed my spatula and started slicing through the orange to break it up a little, to let some black run in...was sure it would be a horrible grey mess" Looks like hot lava. I think it came out great!
Nat Kinlay: "I made this one the other day. Its Rose Jelly. I rarely get air bubbles. Not sure why this one is positively filled with them but there's so many it kinda looked like it was meant to be. Perhaps I should call it Rose Jelly Soda Pop." Looks like a fun cocktail! :)
Barbara Potter: 'I used nettle-infused oil in one part and charcoal in another for an in the pot swirl. I got a partial gel that created a very eery soap! Surprise!" A Halloween full moon with branches. That's what that reminds me of.
Marianne Rice: "...it was my most troublesome batch to date. Yuzu & Coconut . . . not sure if it was the coconut milk or the yuzu fragrance, but it seized up on me, I had to push the soap into the molds with a spatula, and bang it on the floor until I thought I would break my molds (also waking up the kids:), it had a few air bubbles, but all in all, the marbled look (caused because I didn't have the usual fluid movement of the batter) and tops turned out great! It was a total relief to see how it turned out . . . the downside, it was one of my favorites soaps and I'll never be able to recreate it!" Absolutely love it!
I also want to thank everyone for being a part of the Soaper's Retreat on Facebook. We opened the group 8 months ago and we just hit 1,000 members! Woah! Let us remember to always put ourselves in other people's shoes so that we can act respectfully to each other. The group is meant to be a place for us to come for support and guidance. Treat each other the way we want to be treated.