Today, I'm learning to craft melt & pour soaps. This is my first attempt - a heart-shaped soap to which I added a bit of Rosehip Seed Oil, Lavender and Jasmine sambac essential oils and some pink coloring. There's always a learning curve, even with the most detailed instructions to follow. It's only by doing that you learn what each thing means, and then you need to keep at it to figure out what you want to do to improve on the effort next time. My proportions were a little off as I really had no idea how much of the packaged square bar of soap I needed in order to turn out 3 bars of soap from the molds I purchased. I used a little less than half of the square and ended up with 1 and 3/4 bars. The entire square would probably have made 3 but since I'm learning and they're just for my own use right now, I'm happy with the results. The only other thing I need to work on from this initial effort is the coloring. I intended to pour the melted soap into the molds, add a couple of drops of the pink and swirl it around using a toothpick. However, it sank straight to the bottom of the mold where I couldn't see it. I had to just swirl around and hope it was creating some sort of design. As it turned out, it almost created a pink heart within the white one. Maybe next time I'll allow the soap to cool slightly before adding the color or who knows what might happen if I add it to the mixture in the pan and see what it creates on its own when I pour it.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.