I had a request for another special order--another all goat milk soap, this time scented with Orange Grove. I thought I'd make little orange balls to add to the batch. I've only made soap balls once before, ages ago, out of still-warm hot process soap but I wanted to try cold process this time. Soap balls aren't the newest thing to hit the soaping world, but my camera was handy, so here you go.
I used single bar soap molds to make two orange soaps, one to gel and the other to leave ungelled. I wanted to see exactly what each was like but suspected the ungelled would work better. After a few hours, I was able to begin working with the ungelled soap. It had the consistency of wet clay.
I had to let the chunks dry slightly so I could roll them into a smooth ball.
When I started working with the gelled (but still warm and soft) bar, I was really unimpressed. The first few were OK, but as it cooled, the consistency became like dried out Play-Doh brand playdough and wouldn't stick into shape. I ended up melting the soap in the microwave so it was workable but I was losing interest quickly by this stage and only made a few. (I still didn't like working with it much.)
It's hard to believe it's the same batch of soap with the color variation, isn't it?
Adding the balls....
The next day. I expected a lot more orange balls, but since I gave up on almost half of them, it wasn't as orange-y as I had originally planned. But it's nice and smells good.
I made a bigger batch with this order so there are a few bars up for grabs this time--when they're done curing, that is. :-)