Well, that was a first. I have never before had to put on gloves and goggles to unmold a batch of soap. But as soon as I saw this batch, I suspected that it was going to be ugly.
Quick recap: yesterday I was just minding my own business, making a batch of soap with soy milk. I’d done it before, except not with this particular brand of soy milk. So this time, the soap did not behave as usual, and instead refused to really blend together. I poured it anyway (into a 3 pound mold and a 1 pound mold) and waited until today to see what happened.
What happened is that it separated. That is, not all of the oils and lye blended together, so not all of the mixture became soap. It’s like mixing oil and vinegar to get salad dressing. Except I got mostly salad dressing, with a bit of oil and vinegar left over. I mean, a bit of oil and caustic, nasty lye where it doesn’t belong!
Click on any image to see it up-close and personal.
I’m not really too upset about it. I have to admit that I was a bit curious to see what it would end up looking like. That’s the scientist in me. But my curiosity is satisfied now. I’d rather never see that again, thank you very much.
So, do any of my soapmaking readers think that if I had hot processed this right away I might have saved it? I’ve never tried anything like that before, so I’m not sure.
That reminds me that I should really get a crockpot for soapmaking. 😉