|Today we are going to begin our 10 batches of cold process soap with kitchen spices by making soap with kelp powder.
Kelp powder is typically used as flavoring for soups and sushi in Oriental countries. Many people use it as an addition to dishes along with salt or in the place of salt and it has also been used as a mineral supplement. Now another use for kelp powder can be added to the long list of uses.
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We are going to use the higher end of the water recommendations in the Lye Calculator so we can mix the kelp powder in easily. We are also making this soap in dry weather so the soap will dry/cure quickly. If you are making this in a humid location, please use a dehumidifier to help dry out the soaps.
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well.
Combine oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. Upon light trace, add the kelp powder. Stir well. Pour soap into molds. I used the Rubbermaid Drawer Organizers #2915 as the mold. Allow to sit until soap is firm.
The next morning cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.
After looking at the finished soap, I think the best scents for this soap would be either earthy scents to play off the coloration which seems to be a camouflage color or ocean type scents to play off the fact that the additive is kelp.
The Kelp Powder soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders. I really want to hear your comments about this or any of the other soaps with kitchen spices. I hope that anyone wanting a sample soap will request one and if we have any samples we will send them to you.