So, in my last post, I mentioned that I've been doing water discounts in my soap. That's my new thing. Tiggy from Future Primitive gave me a few tips (Thanks Tiggy!) and I've been rolling with it since. A water discount is simply reducing the amount of water or whatever liquid you're using, to make soap.
The percentage that I discount depends on the fragrance and other ingredients being used. Sometimes it's as low as a 5% discount. The highest I've gone is a 30% discount and honestly, that's as high as I'm comfortable going.
Cider Barrel is an apple cider type scent with some little secrets thrown in to make it extra yummy.
I did a 30% water discount on all 3 batches. They were made in the morning and two of the batches were hard and ready to cut that evening. I personally don't feel that water discounts cut down the cure time, but it certainly makes it easier to get the labeling and shrink wrapping (I use open ended bands) out of the way.
I packaged them about 3 weeks into the cure. Because of the discount, I don't have to worry about the bars shrinking and causing the labels and wrapping to become loose.
Golden Blossom is a beautiful scent with sweet fruit, light florals, vanilla and musk. It's very light and somewhat powdery, yet somehow, quite strong if that makes sense at all. This was also firm and ready to unmold the same day.
OMH! is my version of Oatmeal Milk & Honey. This is a full Goat Milk soap with Colloidal Oatmeal. For some reason, although I poured this batch first, it was the last to firm up. I messed the sides up pretty bad removing it form the mold. Apparently it wasn't ready at all, because the cut bars did a partial gel on the counter overnight. They're fine now and just as hard as the first two batches.
I made three batches one week before this group and these bars are way harder than the bars that have been curing for 4 weeks already.