This started as a pretty cool looking batch of black activated charcoal soap with white and crimson red swirls inside. The top was textured all nice and then, I go to cut the bars. I did a water discount on all 4 of the batches made that day, but this one was waaaaay harder than the rest and just a bit crumbly when sliced. (It smelled absolutely divine by the way: Cherry Fizz). So, I do a quick zap test and got zinged. Yup, lye heavy. I wracked my brain trying to figure out what went wrong, then remembered: as I was finishing up with pouring the oils, my friend called needing some "urgent" relationship advice. So, while I'm yapping on the phone, I forget to add the Rice Bran oil.
I actually considered throwing the whole loaf in the trash. I was that
pissed mad with myself. Then, reason returned and I decided to pull out the crock pot and do a re-batch.
After shredding the bars, I added the missing Rice Bran oil plus a bit of glycerin. The glycerin wasn't really necessary but I figured why not. At this point, it can't hurt anything. The bars still had enough moisture in them that it didn't take long to cook down at all and the scent was actually strong enough, that it wasn't necessary to add anymore fragrance.
I glopped it into my mold and smoothed the surface out with some plastic wrap. A few hours later, the bars were ready to cut.
Ugly, right? Yeah, I know BUT the lather is wonderfully creamy and the bars still smell yummy. My boys love them. The bars sort of look like shiny granite when they're wet. These will sit for a few weeks and then we'll use them here at home. Fortunately, this was only a half of loaf made with leftover fragrance oil. Not too much of a waste :0)