Ok. Firstly. I'm not 100% sure what this soap is. I went to my basement to find something and it was sitting there... uncut. "Hmm," pondered I, as I am apt to do. "What in all holy hell is that?" I picked it up and it bore the texture of concrete, yet the weight of paper machete. So, what else to do, but dig out a knife and whack a chunk off. Expecting it to resist something fierce, I leaned into it only to have it not so much cut as shatter. This was irksome. So I grabbed the most mangled piece (of the three I got) and smashed that bugger down into a shaving bowl. This proved my theory. The soap wasn't so much "Hard" as just absolutely ridiculously dry. Sitting unthought of on a drying rack for a sixteen months can have that effect. I gave it a whirl, and came up with a hypothesis. It follows.
I made a Martin de Candre knockoff as a proof of theory way back when. It was soft. Very, very, very soft out the door. That soap is gone. The day I tested the hot process pucks of that batch however, I theorized that the soap was so damn overkill, I could roll back the softness without killing performance. So I made a second batch. This one was designed to be a good bit firmer. A "softish" puck of hard soap. It wound up being pulled from the mold the following day, but not cut for whatever reason.
So there it was. A small log of soap. Drier than the Sahara. A few people have jokingly called my MdC knockoff IdC (Ian de Candre), but this would be more appropriate to be called that, since it's a riff on MdC, rather than a simply mimic. The wad I shoved into my bowl lathered pretty decently. The soap is unscented and should be treated like a firm "soft soap". Klar kabinett or the like. Find a vessel. Mash it in. Pack it down. Use it.
It was a small batch. 1lb if memory serves. Minus three hot proc pucks I made to test with, the remainder is my bowl, and the two chunks you see here. These are going to be shipped together to ONE person who lives in the US or who has a military address overseas, because I am impressively lazy. There will be no more, so don't ask.
The winner will be chosen at random from posts in this thread that follow four rules.
1. Mention your favorite book that isn't a modern political diatribe. If your book is anything that could be interpreted as; "This opinion is wrong and here's why," you will be disqualified. If you are curious why, I refer you here
2. Include a brief summary of the book.
3. Post once and ONLY once in this thread.
4. When contacted as the winner, you give me a shipping address that is either in the US or a military address (APO/FPO/DPO) overseas.
Edit: Everything sounds interesting so far. I forgot to put a end date up, so let's say this Friday/Saturday midnight will be the cutoff. Next weekend I'll random thread numbers 2-lastpost#, contact winner, get address and pack the soap up. Should ship out Monday (8 days from today) if all goes well.