The recipe is something beautiful: coconut milk, coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, castor oil, lye, unrefined and wildcrafted neem oil, olive oil infused with young hyson green tea and calendula petals, unrefined and wildcrafted shea butter, unrefined hemp seed oil, avocado oil, and essential oils of rosemary, lavender, organic tea tree, and lemongrass.
Great, yes? Well, first I found out that the canned coconut milk I used had water and guar gum added to it. Not a big deal, but...shucks. The real mess happened when I put it in the oven. It overheated. After 2 hours of cooking at 170°F and 8 hours of sitting there, I decided to take a peek. That is when I took it out of the oven and took this picture.
The creamy tan color transformed into this slimy, rotten green. No evidence of the beautiful tops, oil puddles were everywhere, and it was mushy and smelled terrible. It slid on its slime into the crockpot for a rebatch where it continued to stink up my house. I didn't add a liquid to rebatch since it was already so wet.
It cooked for a long time and was stick blended often. I did many taste tests wondering why it tasted weird. I decided it wasn't the usual "zap" but a weird tang from the EOs instead, let it cook some more, added more EOs, and molded it. I really didn't want the rustic tops from a log mold since the color of this soap was so ugly to begin with and found my tube mold. My tube mold has had a batch of lavender stuck in it since February. With not much effort, the lavender finally came out and I was able to line it for my latest fail.
I cut the pucks the next day.
Not so bad, huh? The soap near the top of the mold has a few huge bubbles and those slices will definitely be kept for my own use. I've been using it for a few days now. My hair is currently going through the icks, but that is expected. For readers who are not familiar with the icks, this is a period of time that usually lasts for 2 weeks after switching to natural bar soap where your hair will feel slightly to moderately "icky" while your hair is adjusting to the change. I've heard that the feeling is caused by the surfactants found in commercial shampoos and conditioners being dissolved and removed from your hair. Once they are all washed away, your hair will be transformed to the healthiest hair you've ever had, and the best part - it is all natural.
I do have evidence of the soap before it turned to the color of muck. I poured a bit into my silicone square mold, the one I use for sample sizes.
|The color it would have been if it didn't overheat.|
I don't believe the change in appearance has had a change in performance. The quick lather is a thick foam the consistency of shaving cream. Next time I'll use 100% coconut milk, soap at cooler temps, keep it cool while it sets, and probably add more rosemary EO. Next time, it'll be much prettier.