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Sweet Pea Soap

In terms of design conception and execution to plan the appearance of this soap was a bit off.  I was going for pale pink in my plan with just Rose clay as colorant with gold highlighting. Somewhere along the way I made an attempt to highlight it with subtle bit of Brick Red Oxide and I over did it. I got the gold highlighting right. The soap recipe is using cocoa butter and is fantastic.

 

 

Vanilla Espresso Coconut Milk Soap

I am using the other half of my frozen coconut milk cubes for this recipe. so half coconut milk half distilled water. Because of the sugars it should reach a higher temperature, hence the freezing of the coconut milk. The soap wont be insulated at the end because I don’t want a mess, I find that my soap mold fits perfectly into the door part of my freezer so I will place it there until it cools off.

This soap will have two layers that are both going to discolor so I am not particularly worried about scorching. I expect it to darken considerably from the fragrance oils. I will be using pearly white mica to bring it down to a lighter brown vanilla layer and tan espresso layer with flecks of finely ground coffee. Because the fragrances will discolor differently I will have twice as much Mica in the Vanilla portion. I am also hoping to get a nice jagged look between the layers. For my extra leftover soap I made individual Vanilla and Espresso soaps without mixing them(much).


Ingredients:

10.25 oz Coconut Oil

10.75 oz Palm Oil

10.25 oz Olive Oil

2 oz Castor Oil

1.75 oz Cocoa Butter

4.99 oz Sodium Hydroxide

5.77 oz Distilled Water

5.77 oz Coconut Milk

2-3 tablespoons Bentonite Clay

Pearly White Mica

1.2 oz Espresso Fragrance

1.2 oz Vanilla Fragrance

one pinch of Espresso, fine ground


Notes:

I added the clay to the oils before the lye and I added the frozen coconut milk cubes to slushy, near frozen distilled water just before incorporating the lye into  the water.

At light trace I separated the batter and added the mica then added the fragrance oil to the bottom layer, and brought it to a fairly thick trace in an attempt to make jagged edges that wont squash as soon as I layer on top of it. Once the bottom layer is poured and ready to go I added the fragrance to the second batch then layered it gently on top. In reality my technique evolved into using a spatula to create channels to pour soap into. I’ll have to regroup and try that technique again some time.


Cut  Bars & Discolor Progression

 

 

 

 

Cold Process Salt Bars

 

I have my Salt Bar recipe built and I’ve taken a few days to watch all of the YouTube video’s on it I can find. I need the volume of my silicone molds calculated and I think I will have enough for my sheet of round molds and a bit of overflow to my plastic molds.

A few lessons I have learned from observing other soapers are as follows.

  • Most soapers are using a near equal amount of salt to the amount of oil used. Salt kills most bubbles and coconut oil is an exception so you need to use a high amount of it in your recipe. 60-80% seems most common.
  • That much coconut oil will be very drying so the superfat must be somewhere between 10-20%
  • Add your fragrance to your salt and add your salt at thin trace, it will thicken quickly so work fast.
  • Use silicone molds if you have them, the soap will be hard and brittle from all the salt so cut your soap as soon as 2 hours after pouring. almost everyone I observed waiting 24 hours to mold had broken loaf soaps.

 

So.. with these guidelines in mind I begin.

I am using 80% Coconut oil, then Palm, Avocado and Castor Oil’s for the rest. For the salt I am using Breton Sea Salt at 75% to the weight of the oils. I will be superfatting at 15%.

I will be splitting the batch in two and making 2 separate scents. Peppermint(2X) Essential Oil, and Apple Sage fragrance oil a sample I got from Brambleberry.

I will in the pot swirl each with one of my new micas. I selected Caribbean Blue for the Peppermint, and Kelly Green for the Apple Sage.

I added the fragrance to the salt before hand. The peppermint was pretty intense in my tiny kitchen for a while.

I let everything cool to about 100 degrees and then tried to work reasonably fast.

Here was the result. (Half of my kitchen light is burnt out so it’s a little dim)

 

After a few hours it was still pretty soft so I let it go longer. I tried to unmold the next morning, they were crumbly but firm, so I added them to the freezer before unmolding the rest.

Not perfect but it was about what I expected for my first try.

For fun I used my new Dash Cam to record the making of this soap so I may post that as soon as I figure out what software to use and get it edited.

 

 

 

 

 

Plans.Thinking.Ideas

I finally.. unbooked(? ) the plant bits I had drying and will be planning to make paper again soon.

I have been building a salt soap recipe, I have 5 lbs of Breton Sea Salt and I think this would be a good project to try a soap drastically different from anything else I have made so far. I will probably split it into two scents, one of the scents being peppermint and use my round molds and some of my new colorants. The other is undecided. We shall see what happens.

Last Day of Vacation/Valencia Soap

After a walk with Drew yesterday I made a valencia orange loaf of soap with a spoon swirl design.  This soap is primarily palm, coconut and olive oil with the addition of castor oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter and nettle extract, it has a superfat of 7%. I added bentonite clay to help hold the scent since I am using a citrus essential oil, it is said that citrus oils fade in cold process but this one has good reviews from soapers. I was also careful of the flash point.

I cut them this morning. The round soaps have pieces of loofah in them. Their scent is quite strong.

I am now at 20 bars made this last week, I think I am good until those are cured at least.

 

Ginger Patchouli and Hawaiian Jasmine Soaps

I made a divider for my soap mold and split the batch into two different soaps. On one side  I was expecting trouble with the Pikake or Hawaiian Jasmine scent I picked and while it didn’t thicken as fast as I expected it did rice and have to be blended out. I picked a pearly white mica and tossed in some of my rose gold mica which discolors in cold process but I wanted to see what I would end up with, I was hoping for a very soft pink or at least some gold sparkle but it seems to have completely disappeared.

 

On the other side of the divider I used a ginger and patchouli scent. The bottom layer is grey with activated charcoal and I added black tea. Then I blended cocoa powder for brown, Moroccan red clay blended with brick red oxide for red and drop swirled those into a plain batter and layered it over the grey layer. The top is a solid pearly white.

 

Manly Soap

 

 

I decided to make a manly scented soap, it matches the shaving cream I make. The bay rum oil is known to advance trace and I am also using clay so I worked pretty fast, just in case… and as you can see that resulted in the colorant not being mixed until completely even. I normally add rice bran oil, shea or mango butter in my recipes but I ended up going with something very basic and used up the remainder of my Tamanu oil and Ginkgo Extract.

Bay Rum/Cedarwood/Bergamot Scented Soap 

10.21 oz Olive Oil Pomace
10.21 oz Coconut Oil
10.21 oz Palm Oil
.91 oz Castor Oil
.46 oz Tamanu oil
1 Tbs Bentonite Clay
.5 oz Ginkgo Extract
10.56 oz Distilled Water
4.56 oz Sodium Hydroxide

Colorants:

Hydrated Green Chrome Oxide
Activated Charcoal
Fragrance oils:(mildly scented)
.4 oz Bay Rum Fragrance Oil
.4 oz Bergamot Essential Oil
.5 oz Cedarwood Essential Oil