I thought I'd do a post on some of my ugly soap that I've never put out for sale, and on my latest batch, which performed excellently.
As I've said, small molded soaps that don't gel fully, don't turn out well. These three soaps had no colorants in them, but they discolored badly, I think simply from too much vanilla essential oil. The same soap in a larger mold did fine, but these little molds simply couldn't handle it. They cooled off too fast, disn't gel, and discolored quickly. I never put them out for sale.
Here's the batch I made yesterday morning. Clockwise from the top left corner: balsam scent with a hint of cocoa powder for color; faint lavender scent with a good bit of ground oatmeal for exfoliant; citrus blend with poppyseeds (includes lemongrass, orange, lemon, patchouli); strong eucalytus (a request from a customer); sandalwood/vanilla blend with turmeric and a little cocoa powder as colorants.