|Sweet Almond Oil. I consider Sweet Almond Oil to be one of my staple oils for making lip balms and lotions. I wanted to test this oil next to see what it would contribute to a bar of soap. I have never made a soap with Sweet Almond before and wondered if it might be a staple in a soap makers cabinet. Let’s go make a Sweet Almond Oil Soap!
I didn’t have any problems when mixing this soap. It went smoothly with no accelerated trace. This soap has stayed soft. When I went to wash with it, I was surprised how creamy it was before I turned on the faucet. I turned on the water and the soap reminded me a lot of the Cocoa Butter soap without being a solid bar. Very creamy, not so strong in the cleansing field, but there was an occasional bubble. So, the decision on Almond Oil is to limit it to 1 to 2 oz in each pound of fat.
Weigh the Sweet Almond Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until warm. This took about 2 1/2 minutes for me. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Enjoy!
Archive for March, 2012
|I love Cocoa Butter. I have loved it ever since I was a little girl. I mean, who can complain about a butter smelling like chocolate?! In this single oil soap adventure, I wanted to test a soap with just Cocoa Butter. Come join me for this delightful adventure!
Weigh the Cocoa Butter, Regular into a microwave safe container. Heat until warm. This took about 2 1/2 minutes for me. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Enjoy!
I didn’t have any accelerated trace or any other problems when mixing the soap. However, I was startled to find that after 24 hours, the soap still smelled like chocolate! I had expected it to act more like Virgin Coconut Oil. If you remember, I tested the Virgin Coconut Oil in a soap, but the scent of the coconut did not come through. Imagine my surprise when this soap still smelled like chocolate!
The Cocoa Butter made a really hard bar of soap and it will get harder the more it cures. This is not a soap I would want to have edges. When I went to wash with it, I was surprised at how creamy it felt. I even got some random bubbles. It wasn’t lather but there were some bubbles there. My hands also felt clean after washing, not oily like with the Avocado Oil Soap. I might be tempted to make this soap again. It is a must try!
|I have been loving learning about all of the different properties oils contribute to a bar of soap. I decided that I wanted to try Avocado next. I must admit, I did get a bit of a surprise after is was in the mold! Come join me as we learn about Avocado Oil Soap!
Weigh the Avocado Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until warm. This took about 2 1/2 minutes for me. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Enjoy!
Notes: I didn’t have any accelerated trace or any other problems when mixing the soap. However, after 24 hours when I went to cut it, it was like sliding a knife through room temperature butter! I must say, it did startle me. I have never worked with a soap that has done that!
When I washed with a small sample of this soap, it felt really creamy but I didn’t get any lather. While I was using it though I did think it would make a nice scrub. I may have to try that. Would you make a scrub with Avocado Soap?
|Yesterday was a very different experience when compared to most soaps I make. Today, I wanted to show Palm Kernel Oil, an oil most of us are familiar with in our oils. But do we really know what it contributes to our bar? Let’s go find out through experience!
Weigh the Palm Kernel Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until liquid. This took about 2 1/2 minutes for me. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!
I didn’t have any trouble mixing this soap together. It went smoothly. My only trouble was when pouring the soap into the mold I spilled some on the counter. Good thing I was able to clean it up quickly.
When washing with this soap, I got a lot of lather. And I do mean a lot of lather. When I first started scrubbing the lather was big and airy. The more I scrubbed, the more dense it became. The bar was also very hard. It had some very tough edges.
|As a soapmaker, it can be really useful to know what properties an oil can contribute to your final bar of soap. Does it make it hard or soft? Does the oil contribute a lot of lather? Is the lather dense or light and fluffy? This information is really important, especially when you are considering which oils to use in your soap. What does this “luxury” or “filler” oil contribute to my bar? I hear a lot of people telling me that they don’t want any “filler” oils in their soap. They want an expensive luxury bar. Some “filler” oils are an important part of luxury bars. Come join me this week as we learn about ingredients that “make up” our soap.
Weigh the Stearic Acid into a microwave safe container. Heat until liquid. This took over ten minutes for me. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!
I had some trouble when making this soap. The lye solution though hot, was so much cooler than the Stearic Acid the Stearic Acid became solid upon contact. It bubbles and steamed. I had to had about 6 more ounces of hot water to be able to even mix anything. It was quite startling to work with and I am not sure I ever want to make another pure Stearic Acid soap again.
After the soap had cured, it was really hard. When cutting it, the ends crumbled and broke. I snagged a piece to test at the sink. It was really hard, there was no lather and it felt almost waxy. It would be useful when you have a soft bar of soap but I wouldn’t make it a large percentage of your oils. We don’t recommend that you use more than 1/8 of an oz per pound of fats.
|Bath salts are super easy to make. I had always thought of bath salts as a fast and easy birthday gift for my friends. I’ll admit it, I’m not much of a bath gal as I would much rather take a shower and move on. It wasn’t until I was challenged to think of a simple wedding favor that I changed my perspective of bath salts.If you were given a gift of bath salts and you were a shower person like me, how would you use them? Would you consider putting the salts in a muslin bag or a folded washcloth to wash your body? Salts can give a conditioned feel to water, so there is a benefit to using them. (As long as you wash the salt off before you finish your shower. )
Back to the subject of making bath salts! Bath salts make perfect wedding favors because they can be relaxing, easy to make and even fun! A couple and a few friends or family can cruise quickly make a large batch of bath salts and then everybody would have a job to help make the favors by filling, tying ribbons or applying labels and stickers. I think this would be a fun way to enjoy the company of those we are close to without feeling too stressed about the upcoming event.
Come join me in the blog kitchen as we make these easy bath salts!
Next week, I will be featuring single oil soaps. The plain “vanilla” of soaps. So as I get ready for next week I wanted to share Vanilla flavors, fragrances and essential oils that would make a great Sampler 7. Will you come join me?
The first vanilla I wanted to cover is our Natural Vanilla Oil. This wonderful oil can be used as a fragrance or a flavor oil! How cool is that? (I love it when the oils in my cupboard can be used for lip balm, lotions, creams and more! Gotta love versatility!) This delicate and scrumptious oil will please any vanilla aficionado. A staple for any vanilla lovers cupboard. This is a natural oil and I that it reigns supreme in the lip balm world.
Next on our list today is our Vanilla Banilla Flavor Oil. If you are looking for a good, smooth, strong vanilla this flavor oil is tough to beat. This unsweetened vanilla is perfect with a sweetener or as a blender. Vanilla Banilla and Orange Essential make the perfect creamsicle. Or mix Vanilla Banilla Flavor Oil and Coffee Flavor Oil for your own personal latte. What blends would you make with the Vanilla Banilla Flavor Oil?
I love vanilla and when I want that strong vanilla scent without the soap turning dark brown, I turn to our Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil is strong, warm and safe. It makes me think of a Vanilla Latte with a good dose of Bourbon Vanilla Extract. Mmn-mmn! Who can resist that in a soap?
Vanilla Hazelnut. I love this fragrance. It makes me think of freshly toasted hazelnuts with a strong vanilla scent. It reminds me of this time Andee made rather plain biscotti with hazelnuts and sweet vanilla icing. We all kept stopping for coffee breaks so we could all enjoy her wonderful biscotti. All I can say is there were hardly any crumbs by the end of the day which says something because when Andee bakes she always more-than-doubles the batch! Try this fragrance during your coffee break!
How do you make the intense and unforgiving scent of musk universally appealing? Blend it with vanilla of course! Our Vanilla Musk is a perfect balance of these two odors. However this is not a sweet vanilla. This is a vanilla bean scent that is slightly earthy. Wonderful with the addition of the musk! Try this fragrance oil today!
What is a girl to do when she wants vanilla and island delight? Why she uses Tahitian Vanilla of course! Tahitian Vanilla is a wonderful blend of island citrus, tropical fruit and smooth, buttery vanilla. A must have if you want a vacation in a bottle. I know the staff here keeps coming back for more. (I have to keep my bottle for the blog under lock and key!) It is everything you have read and more! The citrus notes are hard to forget.
Last on our list today is Sandalwood Vanilla. This complex fragrance is put together beautifully. A very woodsy, down to earth and masculine base with a strong but delicate vanilla. On more than one occasion, I have had to ask myself what that absolutely sinful fragrance is. I should know better. It is always Sandalwood Vanilla.
Put together your Vanilla Sampler 7 as we prepare for our single oil soap week! You will be so glad that you did! Enjoy!
I received an email from Jed about our Hinoki Wood Fragrance Oil. He told us how he has been using our Hinoki Wood Fragrance Oil in cold process soap for over a year. “Many people initiatively buy it because it is an interesting scent.” he wrote. “It is mostly purchased by people 40 and older. Once they use it, the reorders come in for not just one or two but five and ten bars at a time. It is my best seller now.” We really love to hear what works well for our customers. It is emails like this that really make everyone’s day around here.
Now, I want to know, what comments do you get that make your day? Are they from family, friends, customers or guests? Share your story and the comments that made your day. Email your story into me and we will share it on the blog!
We just discovered that we have a raw material problem with some of our Lip Solutions. If you have ordered any Lip Solutions since the first of the 2012, please check the lot number of your Lip Solutions to make sure yours is okay. Note: This only affects the Mango Lip Solutions, Lanolin Lip Solutions, and the Shea Lip Solutions. If you believe your Lip Solutions is one of these that may be having a problem, please contact us through our Contact Us page. Give us your information so we can find your account and the lot number of the Lip Solution located on the right hand side of the label for the material you have on hand. If the lot number matches what we have on record for our bad Lip Solutions lots, we will send you a complete replacement free of charge.
Thank you for checking and we apologize for any problems this may have caused.
|Taylor recently hosted a Bridal Wishes Swap on the forum and I decided to join in. After all, I was getting married (vow-renewals with family and friends present) and I wanted to share in the fun of the swap. I decided that I wanted to make a scrub that would be perfect for pampering any bride during the weeks of hopefully organized chaos that lead up to the wedding day. My favorite scrubs contain clay, soap and oatmeal, so I decided to combine my favorite scrub additives to make one great scrub. This scrub definitely was a wonderful way for me to spend some time not worrying about tables, guests, the dress, or anything else wedding related.
The wedding is now over and I’m excited to be back to my typical chaotic work day. This scrub still sits in my shower and gives me that time that I don’t have to worry filing taxes, making dinner, doing laundry, or those other daily life tasks. Come join me in the blog kitchen as we make this blissful body glaze that will whisk you away from the day for a little while.
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Carefully weigh all dry ingredients into a bowl and remove all lumps. I like to pour the dry ingredients into a bag and reuse the container for weighing the liquids. Next weigh the all liquid ingredients (including fragrances and preservatives) into a bowl. Mix the liquid ingredients together. After the liquid mixture is completely mixed, add the dry mixture. This helps prevent dry spots on the bottom of the bowl because you are adding the dry ingredients on top of liquid ingredients. Stir until completely mixed. Once the scrub is completely mixed, it will be smooth and easy to transfer to your desired containers.
Yield: This recipe filled two 8 oz Low Profile Jars to the shoulder.
Notes: You may be asking why did I choose the various ingredients that I used in this scrub? Here are my reasons.
White Granulated Sugar: I like the texture of plain table sugar in scrubs. I think it is perfect for a scrub that would be a gentle whole body scrub.
Oat Flour: Oats are commonly used in bath and body products for both their skin soothing starches and mild exfoliation. Oat Flour balances this recipe to become more than just another scrub, it becomes a pampering scrub.
Pink Kaolin Clay: Clays are used in masks and soaps for their silky feel and absorption properties. Since the scrub is all about pampering the body and having gentle exfoliation, I wanted to have clay to protect the skin from being scrubbed too hard. I chose the Pink Kaolin Clay in particular for its color. (Typically, most gals would rather scrub with a pink scrub rather than a brown scrub!)
Liquid Glycerin: One of the ingredients that makes this scrub so nice to use. Liquid Glycerin is a humectant that will help attract moisture to your skin. I thought this scrub would be a perfect place for Liquid Glycerin since the scrub would be used in a shower.
Golden Jojoba Oil: I know, I know! Prices for Jojoba are really high right now, but I couldn’t help myself. Jojoba is wonderful for scrubs since it is very similar to the oils our skin naturally produces. If you want to use other oils, I would recommend using Squalane, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, or Grapeseed Oil instead.
Shower Gel & Liquid Hand Soap in One: I used the Shower Gel & Liquid Hand Soap in One to help me feel like I needed to use some soap to wash off the extra oil. This will help reduce oily residue in the shower or tub, but it will not completely prevent it. We still recommend having bath mats for fall protection.
Body Milk Base, Paraben Free: I love this lotion alone, but combining it with this scrub makes a luxurious scrub. It even allows me to forgo a body lotion after using in the shower!
Liquid Germall Plus: If you don’t want to use the Liquid Germall Plus as a preservative, Optiphen is the other preservative we would recommend for this recipe.