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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