Weird things are normal with CP

As all soap makers know, you just never know what’s going to happen when you’re dealing with a finicky beast like cold-processed soap.  It can be nice and well-behaved one time and be Vesuvius the next.  The recipe can be one you’ve made a hundred times before but with cp, it’s all fair game for the gremlins.

The recent batch, a favorite of mine for its gloriously spot-on beachy scent of windswept waves, ozone & aquatic notes plus a hint of a light floral, is an example.  I’ve made this recipe numerous times, always using the same ingredients.  No alteration or deviation from the standard formulation developed years ago.  Yet for some inexplicable reason, the oils turned a weird greenish hue when the lye was added and stick-blended in.  Lye and oils

The light is a bit odd here with the window to my left but the actual color I saw was more towards that left-hand side. The more I blended, the greener it became, so of course, I stopped.  I added some Mad Mica’s Snow White to it to get it closer to a more neutral shade before splitting it into portions for individual colors, which seemed to help a bit but I was gobsmacked over this oddball occurrence.

This is a prime example of what a CP soap can throw at you when you think you’ve got this. Those gremlins will humble you in ways you couldn’t even conjure up in your wildest dreams.

The base color was to be a pale, powdery blue, but there was no way that would happen with a base of that drab olive green. The Snow White helped though and I was able to get a blue-ish hue. It just took more of the mica than I’d originally planned on using but still within safe levels.Base color, resized

It still looks a bit greenish there but some of that is the lighting.  The day was a bit cloudier than good photography would allow.  Once the other colors went into their portions, all looked well again. The blue is, in fact, blue and the white is a lovely bright white, as intended.Key West & Snow White, resized

That change in color was totally out of left field with this one.  I had not added anything other than the lye & water solution.  The coconut water and coconut milk parts went in much later, as did the FO.  So what caused this change, I may never know.  Put it down to one of soaping life’s little mysteries.

The fragrance called Mischief is from Fragrance Laboratory, a favorite supplier of mine for many years now.  The notes contained in this fragrance are listed on their site as being ozone, lime, salt sea air, dune lily, lychee fruit, sea moss, woods, and musk.  No doubt that’s a light musk in this one! I love the classic beach scent it brings to all the soaps, lotions etc I sell at my site.  They have another one, and yes, it too is gorgeous. A rich, heady beach scent but more defined as being one that reminds one of an indoor spa-like atmosphere with the windows open and the soft sea breezes blowing through. Its name is Mineral Salt Spa.

Ultimately the soap was finished up without any further issues and by comparison, this one was minor.  It did not accelerate the soap (make it too firm to stir, swirl or pour into the mold), did not rice at all, it never morphs into some hideous shade, but leaves the colors true to their intended hue, does not discolor at all as some can with odd ingredients that can turn some soaps yellow or brown. Best of all, it sticks!  Over time, it will fade as all fragrances do, but this one holds up like a champ in every batch for the long haul.  This fragrance is a fan fave and this maker’s fave as well!Boardwalk Cover labeled

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