Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What did I make??

So what did I make yesterday?  Cold process soap!!!!! I know, right? It was so much fun!!!

Michele from Windy Point Soap taught me how to make two batches of soap yesterday. Both were coconut, palm, shea, and olive oils. The pink was fuchsia mica with strawberry jam fragrance oil; the other, neon orange with blood orange and goji fragrance oil. They smell amazing, but I'm so worried I won't make it until they have cured to use them!

I've been planning and plotting my next batch - I'm thinking neon green and/or neon pink with Manchurian Dragon fragrance oil - but what oils should I try? I'd love to hear your thoughts. (Does soy bean oil soap well?)

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Jill Gatwood said...

Cold process soap! I recommend looking at www.lovinsoap.com for info. on properties of different oils for soapmaking. She has a free e-book. You will notice no palm oil in her recipes, as palm oil farming has detrimental environmental effects. That's up to you. I hope you have learned to use soapcalc.net It's a great site, because you can formulate your own recipes using different oils. Yes, you can use soybean oil. For olive oil, get the regular, inexpensive olive oil at Costco. You can get coconut oil and avocado oil at Cosco too, or Walmart. I love using argan oil (Lovinsoap has a recipe with that and avocado oil). Something I add to my recipes that lovinsoap doesn't is 2 tsp. of sodium lactate, which contributes to a harder bar. You should also try making a castile soap: 100% olive oil. You need to discount the water for that one... I found a recipe online I can share with you if you want. I love using the different clays or annotto seed infused in olive oil for color. Have fun! Jill

John said...

The recipes are endless. Your going to need a bigger workroom! I would definitely try a recipe with castor oil. It increases the bubbles! Try Olive 50%, Coconut 30%, Sunflower or Safflower 15% and Castor 5%.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Thanks, Jill! We used soapcalc, which is a great resource. I'm near Voyageur and teach there next week, so it ends up being much cheaper to drive there than Costco for me. We used and I'll buy sustainable palm oil. I will definitely try sodium lactate as I have loads around for my other products. (10 ml would be added to how much soap?) I'd love to see any recipes you can share as I'm trying to understand the process by reading as much as I can. I was totally excited by Kevin Dunn's presentation a few weeks ago and loved his take on soapmaking through chemistry. I'm sticking with liquid colours and micas for now as I like the really neon colours, like lime green and hot pink, but I'm open to all ideas as I'll have time in the summer to do more experimenting. I have some burgundy coloured clay from Windy Point I can't wait to try! Thank you for sharing with me!

Hi John! I'm sticking to small batches for now, but you're right! I don't have a lot of oils around as I just don't use much in my lotions and such, like 10% or 15% at a time, versus 300 grams for a 400-something gram batch! I have all those oils you mention, so this is going on the list!

Jill Gatwood said...

10 ml sodium lactate is added to the cooled lye water solution for a recipe with 900g oils (2 lbs. soap).

Sal said...

Haha - well done!!
I am impatient too, so I make hot process - you can use it almost straight away : )
Not quite as pretty as CP, but works the same!
Depending on the weather, and how much water I put in at the start, it can still take a week or so to just lose a bit of water and dry out / harden up so it lasts a bit longer, but it has completely reacted so is good to go asap!

Belinda Karst said...

This is one of my favorite recipes. The lather is so thick, creamy and luxurious! It's very moisturizing too.

25% coconut oil
20% olive oil
15% lard or tallow
15% Shea
10% hemp seed oil
10% apricot kernel oil
5% castor oil

I add sodium lactate and a pinch of Tussah silk to the lye water and 1 Tbsp kaolin clay per 500 g of oils. 7% super fat and a 31% lye solution. The last batch I made I scented with bergamot and pink grapefruit, swirled with orange, yellow, spring green, and white.

Definitely follow soapers on Instagram, YouTube, and on their blogs, if they have them. So much inspiration out there! Humblebee and Me, Modern Soapmaking, Great Cakes Soapworks, Soap Queen, Hot Process Queen, Vibrant Soaps, Lovin Soap, Soapish, Kapia Mera, Handmade in Florida, Ariane Arsenault, Royal Apple Berry, I could keep going.......so so many great soap makers out there!!

Welcome to the addiction! You will have so much fun with it!!

Mike - Sweet Air Soapworks said...

Oh boy Susan, you're gonna get addicted.......

As Belinda said, lot's of really nice soaping blogs out there. Humblebee and Me's blog is along the lines of yours, as she makes a lot of different products, gives the recipes, and shows pictures of the process for making each product.

We've used a lot of different oils over the years, some oils we used just for specialty soaps, like Neem & Tamanu oil. Our mainstay oils for the majority of our soaps are Olive, Coconut, Palm (sustainable), Castor for the bubbles & Meadow foam. We also use Sodium Lactate to harden up the bars. Butter wise, we use Shea, Mango & Coco Butters, although I would like to try using some Cupuacu & maybe Illipe.

Another thing we like to do is to make infusions for our Olive oil, typically using either Calendula or Chamomile. There’s so many other butters and oils I’d like to try, but a lot of them might not make sense using in soap, as we sell our products. Some ingredients are so expensive, that the price per bar we’d have to charge is steep.

So, we relegate those more expensive oils & butters to use in our scrubs and body butters, where the percentage of those oils we would use is smaller than what we’d have to use in making soap. Plus, we charge more for our scrubs & body butters than our bars of soap, so those expensive ingredients make more sense in those types of products. People will pay $12 or $14 or so for a body butter, but probably won’t want to pay that much for a bar of soap, lol.

Anyway, welcome to our world! You’ve done so much with your blog to show us your world and I’ve loved reading every post and recipe you’ve ever posted. When you go to bed every night and have recipe ideas floating around in your head, and you dream about all the possible ingredients you can use to make an infinite number of soap varieties, then you’ll know that you’ve got the addiction!

glamaretto said...

So funny that you are only just getting into soap making now... I think a lot of people get into DIYing cosmetics after they start with soap. That's how it was for me, anyway.

As for oils, I like avocado oil as a feature ingredient. It's gentle and nourishing and has great label appeal, but the cosmetic grade stuff is also really reasonably priced! Win-win-win!

:) Glam

koi singh said...

Cold process soap! I recommend looking at www.lovinsoap.com for info. on properties of different oils for soapmaking..


Natalie Maltais said...

Soybean oil brings lots of wonderful fatty acids and I add it to my soap all the time, that and sunflower oil. In case you're not familiar, soapcalc.net is a fantastic resource! It shows you what kind of soap bar you will end up with based on which oils you use, how much water & lye you will need, and it has the fatty acid profiles of the oils.

James R. Anderson, RLA said...

Well, HALLELUJAH, Girl! We've all been waiting for this day -- welcome to your next addiction!

Oh . . . and thank you for your most awesome blog. I have learned so much from you over the years, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. CHEERS!

Moxie said...

Congratulations on a beautiful bar of soap!! Isn't it fun to learn a whole new way of using some of the ingredients you've already come to love in other skin recipes? And it's incredible to follow the various different properties and behaviors of the different oils in soap! I find cold process soap making meditative and soothing, plus I love the creativity in the variety of colors.

One of the soap makers I love to follow on Instagram is soapish. She does some incredible designs and details. I aspire to have that kind of knowledge and talent...

I'm so glad you had a great visit!

Jemila Suleiman said...

Am so excited Susan .can't wait to read more of ur soaping experience