Why isn't the soap purple mum? You should just make it purple! That was the comment from my 12 year old son last night as I was happily making some Lavender scented soap.
I had just received some mineral pigment and couldn't wait to try making soap with a "real colour"! As I was busily stirring my pigment into the soap mix I thought that I must be doing something wrong! My creamy looking soap mix turned a muddy colour and kept getting muddier the more pigment I added. Well...I added my Lavender Essential Oil, hoping that even if it didn't look lavender then it would at least smell like Lavender! I then used an empty Pringles packet and used the Funnel Pour method to alternate between plain creamy soap mix and my "muddy' nondescript pigmented mix.
Well I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I had a peek at my soap and saw...to my absolute delight that my soap was a lovely shade of white and mauve! I showed my son and he just did the "boy grunt" and said, "It would look better if it was all purple. You know...like normal purple soap that smells like Lavender...and make it square like a normal bar of soap. What were you thinking mum?!"
Well so much for trying to be creative!
How do your children rate your soap making efforts? I would love to hear some of your stories! Until next time :) I will post some pics when I un-mould...can't wait!
Hi There! Well I am on my way! I just opened my Etsy Shop today so my soaps are out there in the market place. I find this exciting...I just hope other people do!
Have you ever made an absolutely dreadful batch of soap? I mean dreadful?! Well this recipe is just that. Not only does it not make suds no matter how much I wet it and wash with it...it feels terrible and is way too hard. It also looks horrible! This was one of my first attempts at piping soap and trying to create a beautiful cup cake....well the images speak for themselves!! This soap is just dreadful and my artistic flair is non existent! Just take a look at the piping on these.....:) What ever you do...Do not use this recipe!!!! I just shake my head at myself and have a laugh at my own expense!!!
Recipe for worst cup cake soaps Ever!
Coconut Oil = 240 gms/ 47.80%
Olive Oil = 61 gms / 12.20%
Sunflower Oil = 200 gms / 40%
3% lye = 75.2 gms
Water = 165 gms
Paprika for orange colour on icing
Batch yield = 500gms
What was I thinking!!!??? This recipe is dreadful!
Perhaps some of you wonderful soapers out there could analyse the percentages and give me some learned feedback. Too much coconut oil or too much sunflower oil....or just a bad mix of oils??? What ever it was...it just didn't work! No need to mention the piping...I know that is just dreadful...lots more practise needed there!!!
Hot Process Castile Soap or 100% Olive Oil Soap.
As you know from my About page, I have a very annoying and chronic skin condition on my arm. Like many of you, I also have Rosacea. Anyway, I made a 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil soap about 1-2 months ago and I just love it on my skin. I use this soap for my face as well. It is very mild and gentle. It took a while to get used to as Olive Oil Soap does not make large soapy bubbles, but rather has a creamy, low lather. I now enjoy this characteristic of Castile Soap. I do like to add a little essential oil (not much), just enough to take away the olive oil scent. I usually use Lavender essential oil and my Lemon Tea Tree infused olive oil. However, for this soap, I chose to use Lemon Essential Oil and a little Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil.
I bought my first large moulds last week. Each mould holds around 2.5 kilos. I thought that I would make some more Castile soap using Extra Virgin Olive Oil scented with Lemon Essential Oil and a touch of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil. What I didn't take into account was the small size of my crock-pot! This recipe makes around 3 kilos of soap....So remember....large batch of soap needs a large capacity crock-pot! I felt like I was battling with a gloopy monster that wanted to crawl out of the pot and over my kitchen bench.
My Experiment with a large Batch of soap in a small crock-pot!
Hot Process Castile Soap Recipe
Equipment You will need:
7. Mix with the hand held blender until trace. A light trace is sufficient.
8. Allow the soap mixture to cook on low. Do not go too far away from your cooking soap or it could grow out of the pot and cause a dreadful mess!
Below are some pictures of the trace at light trace and a heavier trace.
9. I checked the crock pot after 5 minutes cooking and then 20 minutes cooking. Not much happening as yet!
10. After 50 minutes cooking on low the soap mix is just beginning to come away from the sides and has the consistency of porridge.
11. Between the 60-70 minutes cooking time, the soap is beginning to enter the gel phase. At last!
12. At 70 minutes into the cook gel phase is beginning to happen. It is still not all the way through even at 80 minutes. I had to keep stirring firstly to keep my soap in the pot and to ensure that the soap was cooking evenly throughout. Below are some pictures of the gel phase as it progressed. The soap mixture becomes more transparent and finally ends up looking a little like Vaseline.
13. At 80 minutes into the cook the oil and soap began to separate and it became very difficult to keep it contained in my small pot. At this stage I turned off the heat for 10 minutes and relaxed with a cup of tea!
14. After 10 minutes without direct heat, I stirred the soap to re-homogenise the soap and oil. By this stage all the soap was transparent and reached the right consistency. It is hard to describe but here goes....the soap looks like Vaseline and the texture has changed. When the soap is stirred or lifted with the spoon, a honeycomb texture appears. It is more gluey than gloopy! Perhaps these pics may help to explain it!
I cooked the soap a further 10 minutes and then added the Lemon Essential Oil and Cinnamon Bark Essential oil. Roughly about 30 grams of Lemon and 5-7grams of Cinnamon. Stir through well.
Mould the soap. I had enough soap for 2 moulds. Remember that Cinnamon has a strong scent so you don't need much. It can also be irritating on the skin if used in large concentrations...so less is more!!
This Olive Oil soap smells wonderful! I will post some pictures of the finished soap when I cut it! Happy Hot Process soaping!
The Finished Product. Smells wonderful with a warm Cinnamon scent...just right for the coming Winter!
Hello. This is my first ever attempt at a post on soap...or any topic for that matter! I hope that you enjoy it and can share your thoughts and experiences. Jaffas always remind me of my childhood. I remember as a child I would go to the movies and the boys from school would sit up the back and roll the Jaffas down the isle. If they didn't roll them down the isle, they tried to hit myself and my girlfriends on the head. At least we always had a supply of free lollies when we went to the movies thanks to those silly boys! Jaffa's always remind me of growing up in Bathurst NSW and going to the movies on a Saturday afternoon! I'm smiling just thinking about it!
I watched a Soap Queen episode on YouTube on Cold Process soap using the funnel pour method and thought that I might give that a try...so I did! I didn't want to use the artificial fragrances and colours as demonstrated, but wanted to experiment with natural ingredients that anyone could find in their pantry. So I decided to make a cold process Jaffa Soap using Paprika for the orange colour, Cocoa for chocolate and Sweet Orange Essential Oil for fragrance. My main problem was remembering which order I had poured the colours! Finally I gave up trying to remember and just did the best I could.
Just a few words before you begin if you have never made soap before...Safety, Safety, Safety!
1. Always wear gloves, goggles or glasses, long sleeves and have your legs and feet covered. Lye is very caustic and dangerous so cover up!
2. Never ever pour your liquid into the Lye. Always pour the Lye into the water or liquid!
3. Make in a well ventilated area without children or pets around. I like to mix my lye solution under the Range Hood extractor over my stove so the fumes get sucked up, up and away! Some people take theirs outside and then bring it in. I prefer not to do that as I think that carrying the lye solution around, adds more possibility for an accident...but that is just me. Anyway...try not to breathe in the fumes.
You will need:
5. Prepare your mold. You do this by placing the disposable plastic cup with the bottom cut out over your mold and sticky tape into place. Rest your funnel in the cup. Just ensure that it is steady and not wobbly!
6. Pour the cooled Lye water into the oil. Just make sure that the oil and water are around the same temperature approximately 38 degrees C/ 100 degrees F
7. Mix with the wooden spoon until well combined.
8. Grab your hand held blender and place upright into the oil and lye mix. Gently tip the blender sideways to let any trapped air escape from under the blades...burp your blender!
9. Blend until you reach a light trace.
10. Add your Sweet Orange Essential oil and blend well
11. Divide your mix into 3 roughly equal parts. I poured 1/3rd into 2 jugs and left the remainder in my bowl.
12. Add your paprika to 1 jug and your cocoa to the other. Mix in well.
13. Now carefully pour your soap mixes into the molds.
Choose your first colour, followed by your second and then your third. It does not matter which you choose first, but try and remember the order in which you pour. I find it helps to count to 3 or 4 as you are pouring to get an even spread. Pour down the same side of the funnel's spout each time so that the soap pours into the same spot over consecutive pourings.
Leave in the mold covered for at least 24 hours. Un-mold and cut. At the moment it is a very hot Autumn in Australia so I don't really need to insulate my soaps. I covered this one just incase the cat got too curious!
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