SOAP SEIZE! Pumpkin Pecan Waffle Soap

You guys, it’s been so long!  I promise I haven’t disappeared on you.  I’ve been traveling a lot over the last couple of months, both for work and for pleasure, and I also hosted family over the Thanksgiving holiday. The next few months are going to be much of the same as we get through the Christmas season and start preparing for our spring move to Colorado.  My uploads might be a little more sporadic than usual, but I promise to try my best not to go so long without an update!

Now on to the soap making!  This one’s a real doozy.  I actually filmed this quite a while back (the same day I filmed my last soap-making adventure, Tobacco Leaf Amber).  But boy, this one did not go as planned.  For the first time ever, I had a soap completely seize on me!

This fragrance, while it smells divine, was just a disaster to work with.  If you purchase frequently from Wholesale Supplies Plus, you get member coupons and freebies each month.  Well, one of my discounts was for this Pumpkin Pecan Waffle FO, and I threw it in my cart last minute right before checking out.  I usually read reviews on every fragrance I buy to make sure it will work well in cold process soap, but I just completely glossed over this one.  Nearly every review stated that this FO riced and seized their soap, and I just completely missed it.

Such is life!

Fortunately, I did manage to, at least somewhat, salvage the design of the soap by shaving off the tops.  It looks a little like… camo and hunter orange.  But I still kind of like it!  And the soap is still a good soap that smells wonderful.  In fact, I’ve got a bar in my shower right now!

So tell me about your soap failures!  Commiserate with me!  Have you had a soap seize before?  Were you able to salvage it?

Slow-Moving CP Soap Recipe

40% Olive Oil
25% Coconut Oil
17% Palm Oil
12% Avocado Oil
6% Shea Butter

Scents and Swirls

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles FO
Siesta Sunset Orange Mica
Adobe Orange Mica
Gingerbread Brown Mica
Martini Olive Green Mica
Titanium Dioxide


  1. Cheryl Koshivas

    Just curious how much fragrance you used on this loaf? I have successfully navigated a soap fragrance known to seize. There are quite a few step/precautions to take and don’t plan on doing any super fancy designs but it can ‘ve done. I’d be happy to share if you are interested.

    • I used this one at 3%. I am definitely interested in hearing your technique because I have quite a lot of this fragrance left. 🙂 Fortunately, this is the only fragrance I’ve had this happen with, but I’m sure I’ll run across more in the future!

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