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.
The oil you use can effect the overall color of your finished soap. If you want a beautiful white then lard is a good choice. Another good addition was rice bran oil, it tends to make a soap look shinier.
Soap Method: Cold Process
Design Method: In the Pot Swirl
Mold: Tall & Skinny
Soaping Temperature: 117 (oil) 130 (Lye)
Fragrance: Aqua Di Gio from Natures Garden
440 g manteca
330 g coconut oil
110 g castor oil
110 rice bran oil
110 g shea butter
330 g H2O
15.7 g NaOH
34 g fragrance
Mica: Caribbean blue, celestial blue and black knight mica’s from Brambleberry and Natures Garden.
I recently made a plain unscented cold process soap with the idea of rebatching it. I wanted a blank slate to start with instead of scraps that are already scented and colored. I let one pound of the soap sit and cure for a month before the rebatch. I grated the soap into a crock pot, added 1/4 cup of coconut milk and and 1 teaspoon of honey. One of the advantages of rebatching is to add luxury ingredients like oils, milks, herbs and sensitive essential oils.
I put the crockpot on high and covered it. I let it cook for about 20-30 minutes before I began stirring it every 5 minutes. Turn off the heat once it is melted enough to mix easily. You can choose to stick blend it but I decided against that.
I used a chai tea fragrance for this, It will cause some discoloration which should be interesting contrast. I used some pearly white mica to ensure the tan wouldn’t be too dark.
This is a lard soap, I added some coconut, olive, sunflower and castor oil to get the particular hardness, cleansing and bubbling qualities I like in my soap. I added colloidal oatmeal and honey at 1 teaspoon per lb. Substituted part of the distilled water with coconut milk.
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.
My box of soap trimmings was finally full so I decided to make a rebatch soap. This type of soap is made with scraps or purposefully with unscented soap to add herbs, oils and delicate fragrances.
I added charcoal to make it more of a definite grey color. I chose valencia orange essential oil for this soap because I cant get this scent to come through in hot or cold process soap.
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.