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Aqua Di Gio Soap

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.

Information

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

Ingredients:

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.

 

 

Honey Rebatch Soap

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.

 

 

Aloe Vera Soap

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.

 

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.