People often pay lip service to “trial and error” and “learning from mistakes”, but the truth of it becomes so clear when making soap. I start out with a concept and a vision of what I want the soap to look like. My inspiration is usually the fragrance or a color combination that I find intriguing. I plan and design and execute and hope and wait. The result doesn’t become obvious until I cut the soap into bars, usually the next day. It’s like opening a gift – exciting, but not always what I was expecting. The color might be wrong, or the texture might be funky. But even when I get more “error” in my trials then I’d want, I can still end up with a fine piece of soap. Plus the lesson learned. It may not be what I wanted (or thought I wanted), but it’s still just fine.
So here are the results of my latest trials (check out this post for some background thoughts about the designs).
Pretty successful trials, overall. I’m already planning some more for next week!