Another Toiletry Tragedy!

I was formulating a scrub in the test kitchen when tragedy struck! Okay, maybe I am being a little dramatic, but then again, maybe not. I was heating a small test recipe for this scrub when I became distracted by a soap I was rebatching. Lets just say that the Melt & Pour Soap in my beaker burned. I took the smoking beaker out of the microwave and saw that my solution had turned a brown color. 

I decided I would continue to test any way. I added my sugar and Polysorbate 20 and while it feels fine, it doesn’t smell so great. Do you know what burned Melt & Pour Soap smells like? It smells like raw shrimp that has been left on the counter for two days. Yeah, it is a charming scent. Just what everyone wants to smell like after a shower. Today, I would like to ask you to join me in the test kitchen for this toiletry tragedy. We can share some laughs and giggles through our gas masks! :-)

Don’t miss tomorrow! We will head for the test kitchen to make this recipe properly. I hope. ;-)

Olive Melt & Pour Soap
Shea Butter
Polysorbate 20
Microwave Safe Container


Recipe in Grams
10 grams Olive Melt & Pour Soap
5 grams Shea Butter
5 grams Polysorbate 20
30 grams Sugar
Recipe in Ounces
.35 ounces Olive Melt & Pour Soap
.18 ounces Shea Butter
.18 ounces Polysorbate 20
1.06 ounces Sugar
Recipe in Percentages
20% Olive Melt & Pour Soap
10% grams Shea Butter
10% grams Polysorbate 20
60% grams Sugar

Weigh Shea Butter and Olive Melt & Pour Soap into microwave safe container. Heat for one minute. Remove from microwave ignoring the smoke. As you notice the shrimp smell, wonder who in the building is having shrimp for lunch. Add the Polysorbate 20 and stir. Add the sugar and stir until you have a paste. Use and then head for your favorite Asian restaurant or fish market. Enjoy!

Note: This is a failed recipe. I learned that multitasking is great… when you are familiar with what you are making. I recommend for a batch this small, to watch the contents and  heat in VERY short bursts. Tomorrow, I will show this scrub as a success that is worth showing off.


Shrimp Smelling Scrub
Weighing Soap
Smoking Beaker
Adding Polysorbate 20
Adding Sugar
Mixing Scrub

Pressing into Mold
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3 thoughts on “Another Toiletry Tragedy!”

  1. Oh- the joy of overheated melt and pour!! You’re exactly right– old, raw shrimp! ! Thanks for sharing your less-than-hoped-for results. It helps the rest of us “mad scientists” not feel so bad about our own misadventures, and keep trying.

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