Yesterday was a very fun soap-making day -- I made two new scents. I used Adam's large enamel pot for the first time, and it worked well. I never could find a large stainless steel pot at a junk store, so enamel will have to do for now. My digital scale STILL has not arrived in the mail. The company notified me that it finally shipped yesterday. Don't we hate to wait?? My generous neighbor again lent me her scale, so I could get on with the soap-making.
Here is the jasmine batch. I used the new wooden block mold Adam made -- the one with the cutting slot. Can't wait to try that! And I poured soap into the PVC mold also. This morning, I went ahead and removed the cap on the bottom of this mold, and slid the soap and waxed paper out. It's crinkly, and looks cool. Still a bit soft though.
And the aroma? Ahhhhh -- Anna is in love with the jasmine. She's desperate for a bar :) It makes the kitchen smell like a heavenly flower garden, strong and heady and sweet. I put a little paprika in this batch for light coloring. I'm not much into heavy coloring. The deep pink, blue or green soaps don't appeal to me. I prefer a more natural look. The paprika should give it a faint pink/orange tone.