I made some Bastile soap today (Bastardized Castile Soap) 90% Olive Oil and 10% Castor Oil. I made one pound of bastile made from light olive oil and one pound made from pomace olive oil. I wanted to see the difference. In the past I used light olive oil and the soap turned out a nice white color, really nice. I also made it using pomace olive oil before. But I think the pomace olive oil I used was adulterated (mixed up with some other oil). The soap never really hardened and is kinda weird.
So, I made more of the light olive oil batch and trying out a different pomace olive oil. I also used my new Woodfield double mold. No color, no fragrance. One of the mildest soaps one can make. It's in the oven right now. CPOP. I warmed to 170F, but just turned it off once I put the molds into the oven. Once the soap comes out the molds I will try out my new Tank cutter! Exciting!! Using my new goodies.
I have been using my OOH cider vinegar lotion. And... yeah... too much of a vinegar smell for me. Next time I'll definitely use citric acid instead. But I have this vinegar batch. I have read that some people have used citrous fragrances with this lotion. So I mixed some Sparkling Grapefruit and Orange Peel FOs and it's better. Doesn't totally cover the vinegar smell, but it's much better.
I think I'm going to take some classes at Nova Studios in Richmond Point, CA. They have a couple of classes in March that I find interesting: 3 Types of Body Butters and Healing Balms and Salves. Sounds like fun!