Category Archives: Soap

Coral Cold Process Soap Test

Coral. What can you say about coral? I wasn’t expecting a color change (and I didn’t get one), but I didn’t expect to fall in love with the color either. It made a bright sassy orange that I am just dying to swirl with. This is a soap with some spunk. This soap tells me “Go girl, you can do anything!” I feel on top of the world. Want to come join me? Come to the kitchen with me to make this inspiring soap. 

Collect Needed Items

Ingredients
Hydrogenated soy
Coconut
Olive Oil
Water
Lye
Coral Oil Soluble Color
Orange Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoon
Immersion Blender
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated soy
5 oz Coconut
5 oz Olive Oil
6 oz Water
2.2 oz Lye
Q.S. Coral Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Orange Essential Oil
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated soy
141.75 grams Coconut
141.75 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62.3 grams Lye
Q.S. Coral Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Orange Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
24% Hydrogenated soy
20% Coconut
20% Olive Oil
24% Water
9% Lye
Q.S. Coral Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Orange Essential Oil

Melt oils gently until liquid. Slowly stir the lye into the water. Pour the lye solution into to the oils. Mix to light trace. Add the oil soluble color and fragrance to the soap. Mix well, and pour into a mold. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Soap
Oil and Lye Solution
Adding Lye Solution to Oils
Mixing Soap
Adding Fragrance and Color

Mixing Soap
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Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Ruby Cold Process Soap Test

I was excited to test the Ruby Oil Soluble Lip Color. I have been dreaming of a strong true red that isn’t a dye so you can make swirls with it and it will not bleed. I really thought the Ruby color would be it. I am sad to say I must continue my search for a true, non-bleeding red. Although on the bright side, a lovely orange color is created. It has just a hint more red that what the coral has. Come join me in the kitchen to watch this amazing color change. 

Collect Needed Items

Ingredients
Hydrogenated soy
Coconut
Olive Oil
Water
Lye
Ruby Oil Soluble Color
Tangerine & Tulip Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoon
Immersion Blender
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated soy
5 oz Coconut
5 oz Olive Oil
6 oz Water
2.2 oz Lye
Q.S. Ruby Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Tangerine & Tulip Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated soy
141.75 grams Coconut
141.75 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62.3 grams Lye
Q.S. Ruby Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Tangerine & Tulip Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
24% Hydrogenated soy
20% Coconut
20% Olive Oil
24% Water
9% Lye
Q.S. Ruby Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Tangerine & Tulip Fragrance Oil

Melt oils gently until liquid. Slowly stir the lye into the water. Pour the lye solution into to the oils. Mix to light trace. Add the oil soluble color and fragrance to the soap. Mix well, and pour into a mold. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Soap
Oil and Lye Solution
Adding Lye Solution to Oils
Mixing Soap
Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Color
Mixing in Color
Mixing in Color

Soap in Mold
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Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

White Cold Process Soap Test

The first color I tested in soap was the White Oil Soluble Color. I expected that the soap would be white in color and I wasn’t very surprised. It was white in color. Come with me to the kitchen to find out how to achieve this color. 

I used our basic soap recipe which results in a creamy white color. I expected that there would be no color change and that the soap would be white. There were’t any surprises when making this particular soap. Easy as pie!

Collect Needed Items

Ingredients
Hydrogenated soy
Coconut
Olive Oil
Water
Lye
White Oil Soluble Color
Baby Powder Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoon
Immersion Blender
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated soy
5 oz Coconut
5 oz Olive Oil
6 oz Water
2.2 oz Lye
Q.S. White Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Baby Powder Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated soy
141.75 grams Coconut
141.75 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62.3 grams Lye
Q.S. White Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Baby Powder Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
24% Hydrogenated soy
20% Coconut
20% Olive Oil
24% Water
9% Lye
Q.S. White Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Baby Powder Fragrance Oil

Melt oils gently until liquid. Slowly stir the lye into the water. Pour the lye solution into to the oils. Mix to light trace. Add the oil soluble color and fragrance to the soap. Mix well, and pour into a mold. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Soap
Oil and Lye Solution
Adding Lye Solution to Oils
Mixing Soap
Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Color
Mixing In Color

Mixed Soap Ready for Mold
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Blue Cold Process Soap Test

When I made the soap with the Blue Oil Soluble Color, I ran into a couple of surprises. First when the color was added the soap turned a blue color. Then it turned a murky grey then a bright pink. I nearly dropped the immersion blender! I poured the soap into the mold while it was still bright pink. As the soap cured it became grey again. Then it became purple in color! Come with me to the kitchen to achieve this gorgeous and shocking color. 

Collect Needed Items

Ingredients
Hydrogenated soy
Coconut
Olive Oil
Water
Lye
Blue Oil Soluble Color
Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoon
Immersion Blender
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated soy
5 oz Coconut
5 oz Olive Oil
6 oz Water
2.2 oz Lye
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated soy
141.75 grams Coconut
141.75 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62.3 grams Lye
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
24% Hydrogenated soy
20% Coconut
20% Olive Oil
24% Water
9% Lye
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil

Melt oils gently until liquid. Slowly stir the lye into the water. Pour the lye solution into to the oils. Mix to light trace. Add the oil soluble color and fragrance to the soap. Mix well, and pour into a mold.

Taylor

Finished Soap. What a surprise!
Oil and Lye Solution
Adding Lye Solution to Oils
Mixing Soap
Adding Fragrance
Adding Color
Mixing in Color
Color turns grey
Soap turns pink

Pouring Soap into Mold
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Black Cold Process Soap Test

I always think that black soaps are stunning. They are bold and demand to be noticed. My biggest challenge was deciding on a fragrance that I wanted in a black soap. I finally decided on Eastern Amber. This fabulous scent seems even more musky and sensual in a black soap. Come with me to the kitchen to make this enticing soap! 

Note: This soap will color a wash cloth. I was able to rinse the color out at the sink but don’t use your favorite wash cloth with this soap.

Collect Needed Items

Ingredients
Hydrogenated soy
Coconut
Olive Oil
Water
Lye
Black Oil Soluble Color
Eastern Amber Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoon
Immersion Blender
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated soy
5 oz Coconut
5 oz Olive Oil
6 oz Water
2.2 oz Lye
Q.S. Black Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Eastern Amber Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated soy
141.75 grams Coconut
141.75 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62.3 grams Lye
Q.S. Black Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Eastern Amber Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
24% Hydrogenated soy
20% Coconut
20% Olive Oil
24% Water
9% Lye
Q.S. Black Oil Soluble Color
9 mL Eastern Amber Fragrance Oil

Melt oils gently until liquid. Slowly stir the lye into the water. Pour the lye solution into to the oils. Mix to light trace. Add the oil soluble color and fragrance to the soap. Mix well, and pour into a mold. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Soap
Oil and Lye Solution
Adding Lye Solution to Oils
Mixing Soap
Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Color
Mixing Soap

Pouring Soap into Mold
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Testing Oil Soluble Lip Colors in Cold Process Soap

I have a to do list on things I need to blog about. The list is longer than my desk. I always love it when I can cross items off and make my list shorter. I have finally gotten around to testing our oil soluble lip colors in cold process soap. Yea! I wanted to walk you through the process of making soap with each color and show the color changes if there were any. Here I have a sneak peak for you. Can you guess which colors result in the colors of soap? Come join me this week as we explore the world of color.
Taylor
Blue, Ruby, Coral, Yellow, White and Black Soaps
Black, Blue, Ruby, Coral, Yellow, White Soap Bars

Ruby and Coral Soap Comparison
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Plumberry Spice Celebration Soap

I love glitter. Okay, let me rephrase that. I love everything sparkly: glitter, jewelry, costumes, Christmas lights… I love it all. I go just nuts over something with sparkles as does my ten year old cousin. (At least I have someone to play dress up with. ;-) ) I have more beads, baubles and shiny things than what I know what to do with. I just keeping adding more to my collection. (My sister akins me to a crow.) I wanted to make a transparent soap that brings out the little girl in me that giggles and twirls around the kitchen in delight. Let’s head to the kitchen for giggles and glitter that we dreamed of as children. We can even have a tea party afterwards! How does that sound?This soap was originally created by some goofing around in the kitchen. I was playing around with mixing different colors of the Oil Soluble Lip Balm Colors in melt and pour. I got overly excited and added one too many colors. The result was this rich plum/brown color that I just loved. I added some glitter to make it “shine” and Plumberry Spice Fragrance Oil. I love it when playing around in the kitchen results in more inspiration. Don’t be afraid to play. It has amazing results!

Collect Needed Materials:

Ingredients
Olive Melt & Pour Soap
Plumberry Spice Fragrance Oil
Ultrafine Iridescent Glitter
Coral Lip Balm Color
Yellow Lip Balm Color
Blue Lip Balm Color
Ruby Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Microwave Safe Container
Spoon
Molds
Tablespoon Measure

Recipe:

Recipe
5 lbs Olive Melt & Pour Soap
1.5 oz Plumberry Spice Fragrance Oil
1 Tablespoon Ultrafine Iridescent Glitter
Q.S. Coral Lip Balm Color
Q.S. Yellow Lip Balm Color
Q.S. Blue Lip Balm Color
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
98% Olive Melt & Pour Soap
2% Plumberry Spice Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Ultrafine Iridescent Glitter
Q.S. Coral Lip Balm Color
Q.S. Yellow Lip Balm Color
Q.S. Blue Lip Balm Color
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color

Melt the soap gently until liquid. Stir in Lip Balm Color, Fragrance Oil and Glitter. (If the color came in seeds like apple seeds, I used 2 seeds of Coral, 1 seed of Yellow, 1.5 seeds of Blue and 3 seeds of Ruby.) Stir until soap is cooler in temperature. Pour into molds. Allow to cool until solid. Remove soap from molds. Cut and enjoy!

Don’t you love how fast this was? Change this soap by using different fragrances, colors, glitters and molds! Your imagination is the limit!
Taylor

Finished Soap
Melted Soap
Adding Color
Adding Color
Adding Color
Adding Color
Adding Color
Adding Color
Adding Glitter
Adding Plumberry Spice Fragrance Oil

Soap Close Up
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Soap & Detergent: What is the difference?

Last weekend, I found myself trying to explain EXACTLY what the difference between soap and detergent was. Wow! That was a lot harder to answer than I thought it was. My original thought was that while a soap and detergent may have a bar or liquid appearance, they are different due to the ingredients.

I went looking for answers and I began to feel as though I had just opened a can of worms that would have kept many fishermen happy!

To start at the beginning, what is the legal definition of soap? According to the FDA, soap is a product in which most of the nonvolatile matter consists of an alkali salt of fatty acids and whose detergent properties are due to these alkali-fatty acid compounds. This definition was written for the purposes of excluding soap from being regulated as a cosmetic.

To understand this definition a little more, what is an alkali salt of fatty acids? A good example of an alkali would be Potassium or Sodium Hydroxides. These are considered alkaline or basic. To be classified as such, these items must have a pH that is greater than 7. We need these alkalis to convert our oils to soap. In order to create a reaction between the two, the oils we use should be on the other side of the pH scale. This means these are called acidic ingredients. Now I hope the FDA definition of soap makes more sense.

So, what is a detergent? I couldn’t phrase it better than Harold Hopkins in an article published in February 1979 titled as “ALL THAT LATHERS IS NOT SOAP.”

If the bar you use for bathing does not claim to be a soap, it’s probably a synthetic detergent product. The FDA defines a cosmetic as an article intended to be used on the body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance; thus, a nonsoap product intended for any of these purposes is automatically classified as a cosmetic.

Soaps and synthetic detergent cleansing agents function in water in somewhat the same way; that is, they break down the resistance barrier between the water and the dirt, grime, oil, or other material, allowing it to be wetted and washed away. Soap works well in soft water, but in hard water, which contains a relatively high amount of calcium in solution, the calcium and soap react to form a gummy material called soap scum, which includes dirt and other matter. This gummy stuff is what forms the familiar ring in the bathtub.

The increasing number of synthetic detergent bars on the market is due largely to their more efficient functioning in water, regardless of hardness, and because they don’t form gummy deposits as does soap. There are many types of synthetic detergents, ranging from strong to mild; usually the milder types are used for personal cleansing. Some of the harsher detergents are capable of causing eye irritation or injury and manufacturers normally avoid using these in personal bathing bars. There are consumers who may experience irritation or allergic skin reactions from some synthetic detergents. Some consumers also may be allergic to fragrances, colors, or other substances added to either soaps or synthetic detergent bars.

Thank you Mr. Hopkins. You saved me from trying to rack my brains for a way to re-write this.

I also found another article published by the FDA in July of 2002 titled Is It a Cosmetic, a Drug, or Both? (Or Is It Soap?). This article is another great resource for information about soap.

Soap is a category that needs special explanation. That’s because the regulatory definition of “soap” is different from the way in which people commonly use the word. Products that meet the definition of “soap” are exempt from the provisions of the FD&C Act because — even though Section 201(i)(1) of the act includes “articles…for cleansing” in the definition of a cosmetic — Section 201(i)(2) excludes soap from the definition of a cosmetic.
How FDA defines “soap”

Not every product marketed as soap meets FDA’s definition of the term. FDA interprets the term “soap” to apply only when –

  • The bulk of the nonvolatile matter in the product consists of an alkali salt of fatty acids and the product’s detergent properties are due to the alkali-fatty acid compounds, and
  • The product is labeled, sold, and represented solely as soap [21 CFR 701.20].

If a cleanser does not meet all of these criteria…

If a product intended to cleanse the human body does not meet all the criteria for soap, as listed above, it is either a cosmetic or a drug. For example:

If a product —

  • consists of detergents or
  • primarily of alkali salts of fatty acids and
  • is intended not only for cleansing but also for other cosmetic uses, such as beautifying or moisturizing,

it is regulated as a cosmetic.

If a product —

  • consists of detergents or
  • primarily of alkali salts of fatty acids and
  • is intended not only for cleansing but also to cure, treat, or prevent disease or to affect the structure or any function of the human body,

it is regulated as a drug.

If a product —

  • is intended solely for cleansing the human body and
  • has the characteristics consumers generally associate with soap,
  • does not consist primarily of alkali salts of fatty acids,

it may be identified in labeling as soap, but it is regulated as a cosmetic.

Now before you tell me that I “broke your brain”, let’s look at a product that can be found in the grocery store and is a combination of soap and detergent. Let’s take a look at the ingredients listing for a Dove White Moisturizing Beauty Bar.



Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate, Water, Sodium Isethionate, Coconut Acid, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Trisodium Etidronate.

Ingredient with INCI Name: About the Ingredient: Purpose of Ingredient:
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is an ingredient derived from coconut oil. It is usually found in the following forms; noodles, flakes, prills or even powder. This product is used as a surfactant*.
Stearic Acid Stearic Acid is an ingredient that is derived from either animal tallow or various vegetable fats This product is used as a secondary emulsifier, emollient and lubricant.
Sodium Tallowate Sodium Tallowate is the salts of the fatty acids of Tallow. It is a soap and is used in the formulation of bath soaps and detergents. This product is used as a surfactant*.
Water Water is primarily used as a solvent in cosmetics and personal care products in which it dissolves many of the ingredients that impart skin benefits, such as conditioning agents and cleansing agents. Water is a solvent that is used to combine all the ingredients together.
Sodium Isethionate Sodium Isethionate is a synthetic detergent. Technically it contains the following: Ethanesulfonic acid, 2-Hydroxy-, Monosodium Salt. This product is used as a surfactant*.
Coconut Acid This is simply a derivative of Coconut Oil. This product is used as a surfactant*.
Sodium Stearate Sodium Stearate is the salts of the fatty acids of Stearic Acid. It is a soap and is used in the formulation of bath soaps and detergents. This product is used as a emulsion stabilizer and opacifying agent.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine Cocamidopropyl Betaine is derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine. It has some antiseptic properties which makes it popular for use in toiletries. This product is used as a surfactant*.
Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate Sodium Cocoate is the salts of the fatty acids of Coconut Oil. Sodium Palm Kernelate is the salts of the fatty acids of Palm Kernel Oil. Both are soaps and are used in the formulation of bath soaps and detergents. This product is used as a surfactant*.
Fragrance Fragrances are used in a wide variety of products to impart odor or to mask the odor of another ingredient used in the formulation of a product. This product is used as an additive.
Sodium Chloride This is regular table salt. This product is used to precipitate the soap.
Titanium Dioxide Titanium Dioxide is the oxide of titanium This product is used as an opacifying agent and a colorant.
Tetrasodium EDTA Tetrasodium Ethylenediamine Tetraacetic Acid is a salt of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (Edetic Acid). Tetrasodium EDTA has the ability to bind with and inactivate metallic ions to prevent their adverse effects on the stability or appearance of cosmetic products. It was originally developed to counteract the effects of hard water and heavy metal ions in the manufacture of textiles. This product is used as a sequestering agent, has the ability to bind with and inactivate metallic ions to prevent their adverse effects on the stability or appearance of cosmetic products.
Trisodium Etidronate Trisodium Etidronate is a double duty ingredient, it works as a water softener as well as a preservative This product is used as a preservative and water softener.

*What is a surfactant? A surfactant is a cleansing agent that are used for either cleaning the skin and/or hair as well as emulsifiers in products. So to put it basically, surfactants make water wetter, emulsify or solubulize body oils and suspend dirt and grime. Most surfactants also add foaming and lathering characteristics to products containing them.

Wow! I don’t know about you, but my brain is starting to hurt a little. ;) I do understand more about the difference between soaps and detergents. Do you?

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Olive Oil Liquid Soap

Recently, I was asked to show how to make a batch of liquid soap that was a 100% Olive Oil batch. This batch of soap was easy to make, but definitely a learning experience during the dilution phase!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Olive Oil
Potassium Hydroxide
Water (I used Reverse Osmosis.)
Equipment
Scale
Soap Spoons
Gloves
Crock pot or Double Boiler system
Safety goggles, anti fog are helpful
Heavy duty gloves
Immersion blender
Thermometer
Work clothes with long sleeves and closed shoes
Vinegar
Microwave for heating oils (If you are using the crock pot)
Containers for the finished soap
Recipe in ounces:
32 ounces Olive Oil 

6 ounces Potassium Hydroxide
12 fluid ounces Water

To begin making my liquid soap, I weighed and poured my Olive Oil into the crock pot. I turned the crock pot on and waited for the oil to heat. My desired temperature is around 160° F. This temperature does not need to be precise. This took about 10 minutes to heat the oil to 157° F. As this is close enough, I weighed the Potassium Hydroxide and then added it to my water. I’ve made three other batches of liquid soap, so this time the boiling sound did not bother me. Once the Potassium Hydroxide solution was completely mixed, I added it to the oil in the crock pot. Don’t forget to pour in a slow and steady stream to help prevent splashing oil or clumping of the ingredients.

I used the immersion blender and began mixing to combine the Potassium Hydroxide solution and oils. It will take a longer time to mix together because Olive Oil takes a long time to saponify. It actually took about 20 minutes before the soap reached to cottage cheese stage! I would switch my motor for the immersion blender out with another motor to prevent myself from frying the motor. I probably switched between the two motors every 5 minutes.

After the soap finally reached the cottage cheese stage, it still took another 30 minutes just to finally reach that thick & sticky stage that is called the “sticky, saltwater taffy” stage. I could no longer use the immersion blender as the soap was so thick. I grabbed the whisk attachment for the blender, switched out the blending blade for the whisk and continued to mix the soap.

This batch of soap was behaving much more slowly than the other batches that I have made so far. Another indicator was that the soap never puffed, which I was ok with. I don’t like worrying if my soap is going to overflow! I continued cooking the soap and stirring every 20 minutes. I remained in the blog kitchen working on other projects so I could keep an eye out for any problems with the soap.

After 3 hours of stirring the soap every 20 minutes, the soap still had an off-white appearance with some translucent spots. Since it was the end of the work day, I took the crock pot home with me. I continued to cook the soap for another hour I stirred the soap every 20 minutes. After that additional hour of cooking, I the soap was completely translucent. When the soap reached this translucent stage, I boiled 2 ounces of water and added 1 oz of soap to the water. After stirring until the soap was completely dissolved, I allowed the soap sample to cool. Yippee! The sample was completely clear.

I turned off the crock pot and allowed to soap to cool completely in the pot. The next morning, I took the soap back to work and dumped it into a large pot for dilution. I added 64 ounces of tap water to the pot and cooked the soap for 1 hour on low heat to allow the soap to dilute slowly. After 1 hour of cooking, there were still clumps of soap, so I added another 32 ounces of tap water. I cooked the soap for another hour and finally the soap was completely diluted. I poured the soap into a 2 gallon pail to cool and covered it. Then I cleaned all of the remaining tools and pots.

I left the pail sitting on the counter overnight and when I came back the next morning, I was VERY surprised to find my soap had become a thick gel that was like in rubber cement in consistency. Ack! What did I do wrong? I asked our Technical Support team and they asked me what water I had used for dilution. Ahh, there was my problem. I used tap water and since we have a water softener, there was a higher salt content to the water. This caused the soap to thicken so much. I asked if it was possible to fix my soap or if I had really messed up. Luckily, I was told that I could dilute the soap gel with either distilled water or reverse osmosis water and have a fluid soap again.

I pulled out my clean pot and scraped the soap gel into the pot and added 32 ounces of reverse osmosis water to dilute the soap. I cooked the soap for 1 hour on low heat to allow the soap to dilute slowly. After 1 hour of cooking, there were still clumps of soap, so I added another 32 ounces of reverse osmosis water. I cooked the soap for another hour and finally the soap was completely diluted. I poured the diluted soap in a clean 2 gallon bucket and covered the bucket. The next day, I checked on the soap and was so excited to find that it was still liquid.

The Olive Oil Liquid Soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders. I’m excited to say I have approximately 80 samples of this liquid soap! I would love to hear your comments about this liquid soap. I hope that anyone wanting a sample soap will request one with their order and if we have any samples we will send them to you.

I hope you have found this post to be entertaining as well as educational. Stay tuned for some great upcoming posts including a special bar soap for a special person, lotions that are perfect for the spring weather and even some food recipes!

Heating the Olive Oil in the crockpot.

Adding Potassium Hydroxide to the water.
Mixing the Potassium Hydroxide and water.
Mixing the oil and potassium hydroxide solution.
Stirring the mixture.
The soap is beginning to clump.

The clumps are starting to get bigger.

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Pina Smoothie Soap

I love to make things. I am always doing, creating or dreaming up something new. The problem lies in time. I don’t have enough! I love to make things that are quick, easy and painless. The only painful thing I found about this soap is how delicious it smells when you are mixing it together. Who is ready for a Pina Smoothie? I know I am. Come join me in the blog kitchen for a delectable soap. 

Pina Coladas are made from pineapple juice, coconut milk, rum and ice. I wanted a soap that would appear as if it had coconut milk and pineapple. What easier way to do this than by adding calendula petals to white soap? My hope in making this soap was that the melt and pour soap would continue to appear white while the calendula petals would make the soap appear as if there is pineapple in it. The first batch I made, I stirred to soap gently and immediately poured, the soap appears more white. When making a second soap I was distracted and I didn’t pour the soap immediately. (I have work induced A.D.D. I don’t think I ever get to do a project from start to finish without interupption. Some days, I even feel like a headless chicken with all of the running around that I do.) After about ten minutes I came back to the soap to pour it, to my surprise, the melt and pour soap was more yellow than white! I did expect the soap to color over time but the ten minute yellow was not what I expected to see. What do you think? Which do you like best, the white or yellow soap?

 

Collect Needed Materials:

Ingredients
Melt & Pour Soap, White
Pina Smoothie Fragrance Oil
Calendula Petals
Equipment
Scale
Spoon
Microwave Safe Container
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
32 ounces Melt & Pour Soap, White
.6 ounces Pina Smoothie Fragrance Oil
.2 ounces Calendula Petals
Recipe in Grams
907 grams Melt & Pour Soap, White
17 grams Pina Smoothie Fragrance Oil
5.5 grams Calendula Petals
Recipe in Percentages
97% Melt & Pour Soap, White
1.8% Pina Smoothie Fragrance Oil
.2% Calendula Petals

Weigh Melt & Pour Soap into a microwave safe. Heat gently until liquid. Stir in the Pina Smoothie Fragrance Oil and Calendula Petals. Pour soap into molds and allow to cool. Remove soap from mold and cut into bars. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Soap. Don't they look yummy? Can you see the color difference between the two soaps? Which do you prefer?
Weighing Melt & Pour Soap
Melted Soap
Adding Fragrance
Adding Calendula Petals
Stirring Soap
Pouring Soap into Molds

Soap Cooling
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