September 24th, 2002

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Handmilled Soaps

Obviously from today's experience handmilling soaps is much more annoying that previously thought. Even with using standard Ivory soap (which may have been the problem, but it is very difficult to tell), water, and the rum and spice mix that I let sit way too long and following the directions, it was difficult to ascertain if the soap was ever going to melt.

It never did get runny and clear, and it quite clearly just sat and smelled and acted soapy. And now I have three molds filled with the brown gunk, which needs to cure for 4 to 6 weeks.

Eeee. I think I will have to check out some books on soap making next time I'm at the library and see if any of them are more informative than the one I own. (Granted, if it comes out OK, then I will have to see about refining the directions into something more understandable).
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