One of the newer members suggested a soap swap and a long-time, experienced soap maker offered to hostess and walk us new folks through it. It operates on the same premise as a cookie swap: The hostess invites up to a certain number of people to sign up, in this case it was 10. Everyone will make a soap to send to each person. We're making 9 soaps (since we won't be sending one to ourselves). Instead of meeting at the hostess's house we smail her the 9 bars and she then distributes one of each to everyone. I think we're all looking forward to some unbiased feedback on our creations.
I made a batch on Friday and was disappointed with the result. Not only did I not have enough essential oil to make a large enough batch, but I subbed another oil and wasn't happy with the results. On top of that, the batch gelled partially, which left a darker ring at the center of the soap. It's still perfectly usable but oh, the embarrassment of having to send a "flawed" soap to other soapers! Horrors.
My mom suggested using a fragrance she is particularly fond of, Lilly of the Valley, for a new batch. She's brilliant! I made the batch yesterday and was quite happy with the results. I even attempted a swirl on the top, something I'm not at all confident with, and luckily it came out fine. I haven't cut the bars yet, I'll wait another day or two when the soap will be a firmer. There's a lot of pressure here!
The soap is white with a dark yellow swirl on top. The scent is Lilly of the Valley and it's very pretty, if I do say so myself. I can't wait to see what everyone else has made.