Have you ever forged ahead with a "project", even when you knew doggone-good-and-well that you had pretty much messed it up right out of the gate?
That's pretty much (I believe) why my recent shampoo bar batch is S-O-F-T. Here's what happened: I set the opened beer out to go flat about 48 hours before adding the lye. Everything was going fine, until I poured the last bit of lye in a bit too fast ...(I'm impatient, as you all know) -it bubbled up and over my batter bowl. This meant, of course, that I had not only lost some of the beer, but I had lost some of the lye too...but how much, exactly?
Didn't know. Still don't. Evidently it was enough to push the batch into the "too soft" zone. Grrrrrr!
So, instead of just wasting my lye-beer solution (had I thrown it out as I should have) I have now wasted precious oils & essential oils as well -"Brilliant, Becky -just BRILLIANT!"
Live and learn. I actually used a bar on my hair the last couple of days & it works....but it's even a bit too rich for my dry tresses. It works nicely as a body soap. (Although the softness is very annoying -a testament to my folly)
So today I'm shaking it off and starting over. Pouring my Stag (used to be a local Belleville, IL brew....now make in Milwaukee, I believe) that's "Steak-Taters-And-Gravy" down here....and it's been my personal favorite beer for years. Yes, I get some ribbing from the "Bud-Light-Sophisticates" (snobs, I don't look down my nose at their watered-down-girly-beer choice....do I? Drink and let drink -that's my beer motto! LOL!)