Spring Breeze v1.0 (Superfat)
Contents | Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cucumber Juice, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia ternifolia), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Mugwort Powder, Yogurt, Goat’s Milk Powder, Fragrance.
Sample bar weight: Approx 48 gms (start of curing)
Full bar weight: Approx 87 gms (start of curing)
Curing completion date | 8 March
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* Ingredients sourced from sustainable and/or organic farming.
This is the failed Spring Breeze rebatched (read: cut up, melt and pour into a mould). I did the rebatching this morning and the loaf cooled down pretty fast. My house is not very warm – about 20°C at most so that’s probably why. By evening, I could unmould and slice up the loaf. I took a lot off the edges as I used my silicon mould which didn’t give a perfect rectangular or nearly square shape that my previous couple of soaps have. As a result, the full bars are a little lighter.
I kept the trimmings in a separate container, all roughly chopped up as I’m planning to use them in my next soap (hush, cannot tell!). I did get the hubs to try out a small cube and he thinks it’s nice, although a little light on the lather (that will fix itself up after the usual curing). The fragrance isn’t too overpowering but a smidgen of cucumber coupled with some mint.
In terms of ingredients, I used cucumber juice and some yogurt to give it a creamy feel. In the rebatch, I tossed in some mugwort powder and goat’s milk powder to give it a bit of colour as well as smoothness. Cucumber is a natural astringent whereas mugwort is known for its healing properties and it is said to help tackle skin conditions like eczema, acne and psoriasis. It also helps reduce abnormal cell production and promote healthy cell growth.
Although I like how this rebatched soap looks – rustic and very handmade – I will give this recipe a go again in the future just to get a hang of what went wrong and how to fix it (I have my ideas and a strategy on this). It won’t be any time soon thought as I think the hubby is starting to give me the evil eye! Plus we are running out of curing boxes (and I’m swamped – have to do some read-up on pentair heat pumps)! Gah.