We last left off with one soap layer poured and a smattering of cocoa sprinkled across the top. So let's get started on layer 2! First though - how 'bout we check out my haul from Nature's Garden that arrived today?! Weee!
Okay - focusing....
The drill is pretty much the same as yesterday. Measure ingredients, melt, add, stir, wash, rinse, repeat. The only difference in this small batch is that I added some white kaolin clay which helps stimulate circulation and gently exfoliates. It also helps to fix the scent.
Excuse the blur-fest photos. I was without my lovely assistant today, so I had to try to stir and take them myself.
So, I added my goat milk and lye mixture to my oils, and hit it with a stick blender. Then I added a beautiful lemon colorant, my fragrance, and took it to a light trace.
The kaolin caused it to set up a tiny bit faster, so I poured it a smidge thicker than I would have liked. With the wonders of planers and doodads though - I'm not gonna sweat it. If you're pouring the same day as the first layer, I recommend pouring onto a big serving spoon and then letting it fall into the mold. This prevents boring a big hole into the previous layer. Again, ask me how I know.... ;o) Mine had plenty of time to set up overnight, so I just poured directly into the mold.
I gave it a li'l szush...tapped it a coupla times on the counter to get rid of any bubbles that may in there, and I'm gonna let it sit overnight again before I de-mold it and see what we have. So far the lemony color looks really pretty and it smells sooo good in here!
This recipe can sometimes be a little softer than I'd like, so we'll see if I can cut it tomorrow. I'll post it here when I do. Keep your fingers crossed and thanks for reading!