Dry and burnt
(La Vergne TN)
My very first batch of crock pot soap and its awful. It reached trace within very little time after adding the lye. Then it took long time on low to begin to fold in on itself and when it finally did...I realized the sides of the stuff was burnt. Looked like burnt mashed pot around edges. I scraped that stuff out to try and salvage and put lid back on for heating it more. The lumpy "mashed potatoes" did not wax up nicely between my fingers but flaked off of them. I did not have a scale and I measured as precisely as possible with tsps and such to get correct measurements. Is that not really possible to do without a scale?
You most definitely need a scale in order to successfully make handmade soap. Even though it seems like a big expense, it is the best investment you will ever make if you plan on making soap again.