I added the cocoa butter at the end as the superfat. I added the cocoa powder at the same time. I like the geologic look I can get from hot process soap and mica lines.
550 g lard
275 g coconut oil
110 g castor oil
110 g sunflower oil
55 g cocoa butter
330 g distilled water
156 g sodium hydroxide
colorant: 100% cocoa powder, gold mica
fragrance used: Teakwood & Cardamom from Nature’s Garden
My biggest area of error when I make soap is remembering the fragrance oil and pre-planning what it will look like. I try to have different levels planned for how it should look. I plan an “ideal” and an “it’s too thick for that/I won’t have the time” backup plan, which is scaled back in case of acceleration. My plan for forgetting the fragrance oil is just to not forget the fragrance oil.
So I added the mica into the crockpot and mixed it in three areas with some white in between and started scooping it into the mold… but then I remembered the fragrance oil! So I decided to scoop things back into the crock pot, add the fragrance and try to get it all properly mixed in without mixing all the colors together, which I mostly failed at since this was hot process. The purple and the brown mostly became one. I should have added more color to compensate for what I had done but I had put my mica’s away already and decided to just go with things as they were. So things didn’t quite turn out to plan, I am still pleased with the end result.
This was a fairly standard plant based recipe with coconut, olive, palm, shea and castor. I am using a green tea infused butter to superfat this recipe to make it a little special.
I did a full water replacement with coconut milk, on this rustic looking soap. I used green tea butter from Brambleberry.com . I Added 1oz of bamboo powder to a total batch of 52 oz of batter. Bamboo powder has an exfoliating texture similar to a salt bar without having to change your recipe around to account for the salt. I added some titanium dioxide to hopefully offset the discoloring from the fragrance(NG Loving Spell) and the coconut milk (cures to an off white). I made this by hot process method so with limited time at the end of the cook I did a simple two color hangar swirl with spirulina powder.
This soap is made with pumpkin puree. The pumpkin spice fragrance with discolor quite dark so I left a portion of the batter without scent and added TD. I hope the darkening doesn’t completely swallow up the orange mica.
This is my second Aloe Vera Soap. For the first one I made my own aloe vera gel for a cold process soap. It ended up taking a long time to cure and it was a very soft soap. This time Around I am going to use whole leaf Aloe, With the spines trimmed away I am going to blend it with the rest of the skin on it. Then I am going to add it at trace to a hot process soap. In this one I did not replace all of the water with aloe but went with roughly half. This will leave a nice off white soap with little bits of aloe skin in it. I added spirulina powder for a beautiful natural green colorant. The soap recipe itself is an all vegetable blend of olive, coconut, sweet almond, palm and castor then supperfatted with shea butter.
Trying to make my first fancy soap with a fluid hot process method. It has glitter and metallic sugar beads on top. Light pink throughout with charcoal pencil lines. The Scent is Pomegranate. Superfatted with Cocoa Butter.
For this recipe I boiled some carrots in filtered water and then pureed them with a little bit of distilled water.
I am going to use 1.25 oz of carrot puree per lb.
I have decided to add my turmeric directly into the oils and heat them for several hours to infuse the oil with the turmeric before adding the lye. I will be adding 1 teaspoon per lb of turmeric.
Aside from the water I added to the carrots the rest of the water is substituted with Coconut milk.
I added an a superfat of 5% with Cocoa Butter after the cook.
No scents used here, no fancy design, just good carrot soap for sensitive skin.