When Making Soap Teaches You The Beauty Of Being Perfectly Imperfect

Alyson Swihart Acceptance Brewing Soap

beer soap, perfectly imperfect soap
I went into the soap studio with the intent of making 300 bars of soap. But I came out with 200 sellable bars.
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I was sad. Something had gone wrong.
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I used the same procedures 100s of times. I watched my temperatures, I watched my measurements, but the soap formed before the fragrance got mixed in (ricing).
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When the ricing happened, I had to move quickly, getting the soap into the models and just pray that the soap would be ok.
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So those 100 bars sat there. I let them cure for 30 days like all my other soaps. I finally had the courage to look at them. They looked horrible. There was ashing within the bar, some had developed weird spots. They were just plain ugly.
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On the bright side, they were usable. There was nothing wrong with them, just ugly. 
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I find that we (people in general) are fast to discard things if they aren’t pretty or perfect. Believe me, at first, I was about to ditch all 100 bars. But on closer examination of each bar, I actually began to see each one's beauty. As in most handmade products, no one was precisely the same. Well, this exemplified that saying.
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So I decided to keep them and offer them to those that see the beauty in these not so beautiful bars. May I introduce to you, the Perfectly Imperfect Beer Soap!


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