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Banana Boat Song aka Day O Swirled Soap, Music Inspired Series

Since I’m on a kick of songs from the Muppets, I decided to branch out and find inspiration in the Banana Boat Song or Day O as it was performed by Harry Belafonte. The first time Harry sang this signature song on television was in 1978 on The Muppet Show! I guess I love the Muppets!

I wanted to make a yellow and white swirled soap for this song, but I would like to try a layered soap using this song as inspiration. Since one of the colors I received from Tina was a brilliant yellow, I thought it was a perfect color for this song. Since I don’t have a banana scent, I decided to find a tropical scent. I decided that I wanted to use Tea Leaf & Papaya for my topical scent and I think it made a drool worthy soap!

For this batch, I made a video for you to watch! Let’s go make some soap!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Tea Leaf & Papaya Fragrance Oil
Saturn Yellow Color
White Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Soap Buckets
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Mold of your choice (I’m using a silicone mold.)
Immersion Blender
Drinking straw
Bars of soap after being cut.
Bars of soap after being cut.

The soap is ready to be unmolded.
The soap is ready to be unmolded.

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
8.25 ounces Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
6.875 ounces Olive Oil
5.5 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
1.375 ounces Shea Butter
2.97 ounces Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
8 ounces Water
0.56 ounces Tea Leaf & Papaya Fragrance Oil (strong)
q.s. Saturn Yellow Color
q.s. White Lip Balm Color
Recipe in grams:
234 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
195 grams Olive Oil
156 grams Palm Kernel Oil
39 grams Shea Butter
84.15 grams Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
234 grams Water
16 grams Tea Leaf & Papaya Fragrance Oil (strong)
q.s. Saturn Yellow Color
q.s. White Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Soybean Oil
31.25% Olive Oil
25% Palm Kernel Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide
q.s. Water
q.s. Tea Leaf & Papaya Fragrance Oil
q.s. Saturn Yellow Color
q.s. White Lip Balm Color

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Making Soap:
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in a microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. At this point, I added the fragrance to the oils because I didn’t want to forget to add it.

Once the oils and lye solution temperatures have dropped to a lower temperature (my temperatures should have been around 120 degrees Fahrenheit but were closer to 100 degrees Fahrenheit), combine oils and lye solution. Mix until thin trace. Divide the soap into two parts. I learned a lesson from my previous two soaps, so I weighed the soap as I was dividing it. I used 10.5 ounces or 300 grams of raw soap for my yellow color and 21 ounces or 600 grams for my white color. Add one color to each batch of raw soap and mix well starting from lightest to darkest to not have to clean the blender between colors.

Alternate pouring the two colors of soap into the mold and use a drinking straw to create a swirling pattern. With two batches under my belt, I was more confident about properly swirling this soap. 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 cutting the soap, I discovered that my soap had a few problems (cosmetically) due to a low temperature while soaping and the stearines were very obvious in the white portion of my soap. Now I’ve learned my lesson to make sure my temperatures are in the right range.

Soap Notes: This soap had a light scent that was significantly stronger after the soap was wet. The lather was a combination of creamy lather and big bubbles. I like the feeling the soap left on my skin after washing my hands.

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Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Fire Swirled Soap, Music Inspired Series

This song was actually picked after I made the soap! I had been wanting to do soap for Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis but after I made the orange, yellow and black soap, I felt the soap didn’t match the song. I went through my music collection and found Fire by Jimi Hendrix which matched the soap much better!

As this soap didn’t have a definite song, I just picked a fragrance that I felt matched the colors. Hinoki Wood was my fragrance of choice for the spicy, musky, and smoky scent as well as the mental imagery of gypsy campfires that it invokes. While my imagination can be creative with detail, I think this soap looks and smells great!

For this batch, I made a video for you to watch while I do the swirls! Should we go try making this soap?

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Hinoki Wood Fragrance Oil
Saturn Yellow Color
Fire Orange Color
Black Onyx Color
Equipment
Scale
Soap Buckets
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Mold of your choice (I’m using a silicone mold.)
Immersion Blender
Drinking straw

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
8.25 ounces Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
6.875 ounces Olive Oil
5.5 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
1.375 ounces Shea Butter
2.97 ounces Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
8 ounces Water
0.56 ounces Hinoki Wood Fragrance Oil (strong)
3/4 teaspoon Saturn Yellow Color
3/4 teaspoon Fire Orange Color
1/4 teaspoon Black Onyx Color
Recipe in grams:
234 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
195 grams Olive Oil
156 grams Palm Kernel Oil
39 grams Shea Butter
84.15 grams Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
234 grams Water
16 grams Hinoki Wood Fragrance Oil (strong)
3/4 teaspoon Saturn Yellow Color
3/4 teaspoon Fire Orange Color
1/4 teaspoon Black Onyx Color
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Soybean Oil
31.25% Olive Oil
25% Palm Kernel Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide
q.s. Water
q.s. Hinoki Wood Fragrance Oil
q.s. Saturn Yellow Color
q.s. Fire Orange Color
q.s. Black Onyx Color

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Making Soap:
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in a microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. At this point, I added the fragrance to the oils because I didn’t want to forget to add it.

Once the oils and lye solution temperatures have dropped to a lower temperature (my temperatures were around 120 degrees Fahrenheit), combine oils and lye solution. Mix until thin trace. Divide the soap into three parts. I learned a lesson from my previous soaps, so I weighed the soap as I was dividing it. I used 15.8 ounces or 450 grams of raw soap for my yellow color, 10.5 ounces or 300 grams of raw soap for my orange color and 5.25 ounces or 150 grams for my black color. Add one color to each batch of raw soap and mix well starting from lightest to darkest to not have to clean the blender between colors.

Alternate pouring the three colors of soap into the mold and use a drinking straw to create a swirling pattern. 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.

Soap Notes: This soap had a moderate scent that was significantly stronger after the soap was wet. The lather was a combination of creamy lather and big bubbles. I like the feeling the soap left on my skin after washing my hands.

Bars of soap after being cut.
Bars of soap after being cut.

Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.
Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.
Beginning to mix the oils and lye solution together.
Beginning to mix the oils and lye solution together.
Adding Saturn Yellow to the raw soap.
Adding Saturn Yellow to the raw soap.

Adding Fire Orange to the raw soap.
Adding Fire Orange to the raw soap.
Adding Black Onyx to the raw soap.
Adding Black Onyx to the raw soap.

Fire Orange colored raw soap.
Fire Orange colored raw soap.
Saturn Yellow colored raw soap.
Saturn Yellow colored raw soap.

The soap is ready to be unmolded.
The soap is ready to be unmolded.


Fired Inspired Swirled Soap

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Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Bein’ Green Swirled Soap, Music Inspired Series

The second song that inspired me is also from the Kermit Unpigged album. Bein’ Green was performed by Don Henley and Kermit the Frog. This song always was a comfort when I was dealing with personal troubles and even now, it feels like a hug from Mom on a bad day.

I wanted to make a swirled soap that was was green in color and I decided that a little bit of white would be a good addition to make the green feel dimensional. Now that I had made my color decision, I had to choose a fragrance that made me think green. I didn’t have Cucumber or Green Clover & Aloe, otherwise those would have been my first choices. After looking through my fragrance selection, I chose Esme as my fragrance. Esme smells fresh, green and calm which I think would describe a cologne Kermit might wear.

Let’s go have fun while making soap!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Esme Fragrance Oil
Moss Green Color
White Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Soap Buckets
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Mold of your choice (I’m using a silicone mold.)
Immersion Blender
Drinking straw

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
8.25 ounces Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
6.875 ounces Olive Oil
5.5 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
1.375 ounces Shea Butter
2.97 ounces Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
8 ounces Water
0.56 ounces Esme Fragrance Oil (strong)
3/4 teaspoon Moss Green Color
1/2 teaspoon White Lip Balm Color
Recipe in grams:
234 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
195 grams Olive Oil
156 grams Palm Kernel Oil
39 grams Shea Butter
84.15 grams Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
234 grams Water
16 grams Esme Fragrance Oil (strong)
3/4 teaspoon Moss Green Color
1/2 teaspoon White Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Soybean Oil
31.25% Olive Oil
25% Palm Kernel Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide
q.s. Water
q.s. Esme Fragrance Oil
q.s. Moss Green Color
q.s. White Lip Balm Color

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Making Soap:
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in a microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. At this point, I added the fragrance to the oils because I didn’t want to forget to add it.

Once the oils and lye solution temperatures have dropped to a lower temperature (my temperatures were around 120 degrees Fahrenheit), combine oils and lye solution. Mix until thin trace. Divide the soap into two parts. I learned a lesson from my Born To Be Wild soap, so I weighed the soap as I was dividing it. I used 7 ounces or 200 grams of raw soap for my white color and 24.5 ounces or 700 grams for my green color. Add one color to each batch of raw soap and mix well starting from lightest to darkest to not have to clean the blender between colors.

Alternate pouring the two colors of soap into the mold and use a drinking allow create a swirling pattern. I used the straw too much and had started to mix the colors together, so the swirl was not as defined as I wanted it to be. 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.

Soap Notes: This soap had a light scent that was significantly stronger after the soap was wet. The lather was a combination of creamy lather and big bubbles. I like the feeling the soap left on my skin after washing my hands.

Kermit Unpigged Notes: This album was released in 1994. While the album reached #20 on Billboard’s Top Kid Audio chart, sales for the album were low. This was the last album produced by Jim Henson Records. Kermit Unpigged is an out-of-print album and sells for varying prices depending on the current market demands. At this time, there is not a digital version available for sale.

What do you think? Would you try this soap?

Bars of soap after being cut.
Bars of soap after being cut.

Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.
Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.
Blending the lye solution and oils together.
Blending the lye solution and oils together.
Adding the White Lip Balm Color to the raw soap.
Adding the White Lip Balm Color to the raw soap.
Adding the Moss Green to the raw soap.
Adding the Moss Green to the raw soap.

The Moss Green is completely mixed into the raw soap.
The Moss Green is completely mixed into the raw soap.
Pouring the soap into the mold.
Pouring the soap into the mold.

Swirling the soap.
Swirling the soap.
Continuing to pour the soap into the mold.
Continuing to pour the soap into the mold.

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Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)

Born To Be Wild Swirled Soap, Music Inspired Series

The first song that inspired me was from the album Kermit Unpigged. This album was played very often when I was younger. I remember Mom putting the CD in the player and we would dance around house while singing along at the top of our lungs. Even as a teen, one of my favorite songs from the album was Born To Be Wild sung by Ozzy Osbourne and Miss Piggy.

I wanted to make a swirled soap that was inspired by this song. I had recently received a care package from Tina with new ingredients to add to our blog ingredient cupboard and some of these ingredients were the new colors that are upcoming additions to the catalog. I decided I wanted to use some of these colors because I thought they were perfect colors to represent Born To Be Wild.

After perusing my limited collection of fragrances, I decided that Apple Blossom Queen was the best fragrance because it smelled just like a perfume that I imagine Miss Piggy would wear. Fruity, floral, sassy and energetic are words that I use to describe this scent and for me it is a fit for Miss Piggy. What scent would you choose for Miss Piggy?

Let’s go play and make some soap!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil
Aurora Pink Color
Venetian Violet Color
Corona Magenta Color
White Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Soap Buckets
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Mold of your choice (I’m using a silicone mold.)
Immersion Blender
Drinking straw

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
8.25 ounces Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
6.875 ounces Olive Oil
5.5 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
1.375 ounces Shea Butter
2.97 ounces Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
8 ounces Water
0.56 ounces Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil (strong scent)
1/2 teaspoon Aurora Pink Color
1/2 teaspoon Venetian Violet Color
1/2 teaspoon Corona Magenta Color
1/3 teaspoon White Lip Balm Color
Recipe in grams:
234 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
195 grams Olive Oil
156 grams Palm Kernel Oil
39 grams Shea Butter
84.15 grams Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
234 grams Water
16 grams Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil(strong scent)
1/2 teaspoon Aurora Pink Color
1/2 teaspoon Venetian Violet Color
1/2 teaspoon Corona Magenta Color
1/3 teaspoon White Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Soybean Oil
31.25% Olive Oil
25% Palm Kernel Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide
q.s. Water
q.s. Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil
q.s. Aurora Pink
q.s. Venetian Violet
q.s. Corona Magenta
q.s. White Lip Balm Color

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Making Soap:
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in a microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. At this point, I added the fragrance to the oils because I didn’t want to forget to add it.

Once the oils and lye solution temperatures have dropped to a lower temperature (my temperatures were around 120 degrees Fahrenheit), combine oils and lye solution. Mix until thin trace. Divide the soap into four parts. As I divided by visual pouring into the separate containers, my color batch sizes were varied. Add one color to each batch of raw soap and mix well starting from lightest to darkest to not have to clean the blender between colors.

This was the first swirl that I’ve done in soaps for over a year, so I was a little rusty and let my soap reach thick trace by stirring too much and moving slowly, which meant that I plopped it into the mold rather than poured it! I tried to use a drinking straw to create a swirl in the thick soap. Once the soap is in 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.

Soap Notes: This soap had a light scent that was significantly stronger after the soap was wet. The lather was a combination of creamy lather and big bubbles. I like the feeling the soap left on my skin after washing my hands.

Kermit Unpigged Notes: This album was released in 1994. While the album reached #20 on Billboard’s Top Kid Audio chart, sales for the album were low. This was the last album produced by Jim Henson Records. Kermit Unpigged is an out-of-print album and sells for varying prices depending on the current market demands. At this time, there is not a digital version available for sale.

What do you think?

Cut bars of soap.
Cut bars of soap.

Oils before melting.
Oils before melting.
Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.
Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.
Blending the lye solution and oils together.
Blending the lye solution and oils together.
Dividing the soap.
Dividing the soap.
Plopping the soaping into the mold.
Plopping the soaping into the mold.

Plop.
Plop.
Plop Plop!
Plop Plop!
Filled soap mold.
Filled soap mold.

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Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)

Music Inspired Swirled Soap Series

Swirled soaps from this week!
Swirled soaps from this week!
I’m excited to announce that starting tomorrow, I will be sharing a week long of making swirled soaps! Not just any swirls, but swirls that have been inspired by just a few songs in my music collection.

I am very fond of music and if you were to visit me, you would discover that I almost constantly have music playing in the background. My personal music tastes are varied and you will find me listening to music from almost every genre. I was inspired by two songs to make swirled soaps and when I shared my idea with the rest of the blog team, it was suggested that I make a week of music inspired swirled soaps!

I had so much fun making these soaps and I hope you enjoy them! I had fun choosing songs and fragrances to match. I also got to play with some of the new colors that will be released to our catalog very shortly! These new colors are fun to work with and pretty to boot. :)

See you tomorrow for our first day of music inspired swirled soaps!

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Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Soap, Day Two

Yesterday we made the chocolate soap that will provide the chunks for our cookie inspired soap. Now we will be making the “dough” part so we can have cookie soaps!

I wanted to make a soap that looked like a realistic chocolate chunk cookie, so I decided to use Vanilla Hazelnut Fragrance Oil to give the soap baked cookie scent and the brown discoloration that looks like a baked cookie. I’m also using Cocoa Butter to give the soap a chocolatey scent!

Let’s head off to the kitchen to make the rest of our Chocolate Chunk Cookie Soap!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Chocolate Soap Chunks from yesterday
Palm Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Cocoa Butter
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Vanilla Hazelnut Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Immersion Blender
Soap Bucket
Soaping Goggles
Mold of your choice (I’m using an empty shoe box.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
24 ounces Palm Oil
20 ounces Coconut Oil
16 ounces Olive Oil
4 ounces Cocoa Butter
9.21 ounces Sodium Hydroxide (6% Superfat)
24 ounces Water
0.8 ounces Vanilla Hazelnut Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
680.4 grams Palm Oil
567 grams Coconut Oil
453.6 grams Olive Oil
113.4 grams Cocoa Butter
261.1 grams Sodium Hydroxide (6% Superfat)
680.4 grams Water
22.7 grams Vanilla Hazelnut Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Palm Oil
31.25% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
6.25% Cocoa Butter
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide (6% Superfat)
q.s. Water
q.s. Vanilla Hazelnut Fragrance Oil

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Making Soap:
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in a microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Once the oils and lye solution temperatures have dropped to a lower temperature (my temperatures were around 120 degrees Fahrenheit), combine oils and lye solution. Mix until thick trace as this will help with the suspension of the chunks in the soap. Add the chunks of chocolate soap and stir until evenly mixed. Pour soap into the desired mold. Allow to sit until soap is firm. The next day 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.

Soap Notes: Oh my! This soap smells like a lightly scented chocolate chunk cookie. The soap had a wonderful lather that was a mixture of big and small bubbles that I made just with my hands. I loved the feeling and light scent that the soap left on my skin after washing. (I’m sniffing my hands as I write this.) These soaps not only have a fun appearance, but are appealing to people of all ages and cultures!

I hope you get to try making these soaps because they will just fly off your shelves!

Oils to be melted.
Oils to be melted.

Adding the lye solution to the oils.
Adding the lye solution to the oils.
Adding the chunks to the raw soap.
Adding the chunks to the raw soap.
The chunks are now mixed in!
The chunks are now mixed in!
The soap in the mold.
The soap in the mold.

The soap right after cutting.
The soap right after cutting.
Melted oils and mixed lye solution.
Melted oils and mixed lye solution.

Mixing the raw soap.
Mixing the raw soap.
Stirring the chunks into the raw soap.
Stirring the chunks into the raw soap.
Pouring the soap into the mold.
Pouring the soap into the mold.
Beginning to cut the soap.
Beginning to cut the soap.

The soap after sitting for three weeks.
The soap after sitting for three weeks.

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Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Soap, Day One

Good chocolate is a luxury here in Beijing and I’ve found myself missing being able to pick up chocolate chips for baking (and eating with peanut butter on a spoon). I decided to make a soap that would hopefully settle my addiction for chocolate and particularly chocolate chunk cookies. Since this is a two part soap process, we will be taking two days to make this soap.

I am using Cocoa Butter to give the soap a chocolatey smell and I’m going to increase the scent by also using Cocoa Powder. You can use any type of Cocoa Powder that you have available. I didn’t want to use a fragrance because I didn’t want to have a fragrance competing with the scent I have planned for the “dough”.

Let’s start with making our chocolate chunks!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Palm Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Cocoa Butter
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Cocoa Powder
Equipment
Scale
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Immersion Blender
Soap Bucket
Soaping Goggles
Mold of your choice (I’m using an empty milk carton, quart sized.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
6 ounces Palm Oil
5 ounces Coconut Oil
4 ounces Olive Oil
1 ounce Cocoa Butter
2.3 ounces Sodium Hydroxide (6% Superfat)
6 ounces Water
1 tsp Cocoa Powder
Recipe in grams:
169.9 grams Palm Oil
141.6 grams Coconut Oil
113.2 grams Olive Oil
28.3 grams Cocoa Butter
65.2 grams Sodium Hydroxide (6% Superfat)
170 grams Water
1 tsp Cocoa Powder
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Palm Oil
31.25% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
6.25% Cocoa Butter
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide (6% Superfat)
q.s. Water
q.s. Cocoa Powder

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Making Soap:
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in a microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Add the Cocoa Powder to the melted oils and stir until completely mixed. This will help prevent dry clumps of Cocoa Powder in the finished soap.

Once the oils and lye solution temperatures have dropped to a lower temperature (my temperatures were around 120 degrees Fahrenheit), combine oils and lye solution. Mix until thin trace. Pour soap into the desired mold. Allow to sit until soap is firm. The next day cut into chunks.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back and share the rest of the process with you!

Completely melted oils.
Completely melted oils in soap bucket.

Cocoa Powder being mixed with the oils.
Cocoa Powder being mixed with the oils.
Completely mixed raw soap.
Completely mixed raw soap.
Soap being cut after 24 hours.
Soap being cut after 24 hours.

We now have chocolate chunks!
We now have chocolate chunks!
Adding the Cocoa Powder to the oils.
Adding the Cocoa Powder to the oils.

Mixing the oils and lye solution.
Mixing the oils and lye solution.
Raw soap after being poured into the mold.
Raw soap after being poured into the mold.

Cutting the soap into strips.
Cutting the soap into strips.

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Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Ginger Decoction

Wow, this has been a very easy and fun process of making decoctions and adding in the fabulous extracts into our cold process soap. I have deciced to do a ginger decoction now, so I have gathered my supplies and I’m ready to start, first I will clean and cut up some ginger root and place into a sauce pan, add water (I need at least 6 oz for the recipe), so adjust the water amount to your needs. Then I brought the mixture to a boil and turn heat down to let simmer for 20-30 minutes. This will be the water portion that I will be using in making my next batch of soap. I am listing the soap recipe below and using 6 ounces of the ginger decoction that I am creating.

Caution – Please make sure that you allow time for your hot decoctions to cool before you add them to any lye.  

Supplies Needed:

Ingredients
Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Lye
Water
Decoction of choice
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Soap Bucket
Gloves
Soaping Goggles
Soap mold of choice

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170.1 Palm Kernel Oil
141.75 grams Coconut Oil
141.75 grams Olive Oil
62.37 grams Lye
177 mL Water/Decoction
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
2.20 oz Lye
6 fl oz Water/Decoction
Recipe in Percentages
38% Palm Kernel Oil
31% Coconut Oil
31% Olive Oil
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water/Decoction

I’m still using the same soap recipe as I did when making the soap with infusions, powders, and decoctions. This will give you a base for any ideas and suggestions when trying the infusions, powders, or decoctions in your soap batches.

Begin by weighing the sodium hydroxide and adding it to the ginger water. Now, weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the cooled lye solution to the cooled oil mixture. Our target temperature is about 120°F because this is a small batch (1 lb). We do not want the soap to overheat and volcano out of the mold. When the tempeture is reached mix the oils and lye solution together with an immersion blender, continue mixing until trace is achieved then 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. If you want to add more or less of the decoction do a second batch so you can compare the difference and your personal choice. Try a half and half mixture; or a one fourth to three fourths mixture or the full amount of water could be your decoction, just like I have done in this recipe.

I have noticed that when adding this decoction that I am getting a slight creamy color to the soap. When adding decoctions to my soap I am most interested in adding beneficial elements of the ginger into the soap and not worrying too much about a significant color change. If I want to make a color change then adding the botanical powders would be the best option.

Ginger Decoction, Lye
Ginger Decoction, Lye

Soap with Orange and Ginger Decoction
Soap with Orange and Ginger Decoction
Mixing Lye with Ginger Water
Mixing Lye with Ginger Water
Blending Soap, Ginger decoction with oils
Blending Soap, Ginger decoction with oils
Blending until trace
Blending until trace

Tonya

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Carrot Decoction

After completing the mushroom decoction I have decided to venture on and create a carrot decoction and ginger decoction. I have gathered my supplies and I’m ready to start cooking, first I will clean and cut up some carrots and place into a sauce pan, add water (I need at least 6 oz for the recipe), so adjust the water amount to your needs. Then I brought the mixture to a boil and turn heat down to let simmer for 20-30 minutes. As you can see in the photo the water came out a pale orange color. This will be the water portion that I will be using in making my next batch of soap. I am listing the soap recipe below and using 6 ounces of the carrot decoction that I just created.

Caution – Please make sure that you allow time for your hot decoctions to cool before you add lye to them.  

Supplies Needed:

Ingredients
Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Lye
Water
Decoction of choice
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Soap Bucket
Gloves
Soaping Goggles
Soap mold of choice

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170.1 Palm Kernel Oil
141.75 grams Coconut Oil
141.75 grams Olive Oil
62.37 grams Lye
177 mL Water/Decoction
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
2.20 oz Lye
6 fl oz Water/Decoction
Recipe in Percentages
38% Palm Kernel Oil
31% Coconut Oil
31% Olive Oil
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water/Decoction

I’m going to use the same soap recipe as I did when making the soap with infusions, powders, and mushroom decoction. This will give you some ideas and suggestions when you try any of the infusions, powders, or decoctions in your soap batches.

Begin by weighing the sodium hydroxide and adding it to the carrot water. Now, weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the cooled lye solution to the cooled oil mixture. Our target temperature is about 120°F because this is a small batch (1 lb). We do not want the soap to overheat and volcano out of the mold. When the temperature is reached then mix the oils and lye solution together with an immersion blender, continue mixing until trace is achieved then 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. If you want to add more or less of the decoction do a second batch so you can compare the difference and vote for your personal choice. Try a half and half mixture; or a one fourth to three fourths mixture or full amount of water could be your decoction.

I have noticed that when adding this decoction that I am getting a light pale orange color to the soap. When adding decoctions to my soap I am most interested in adding beneficial elements of the carrots into the soap and not worrying too much about a significant color change. Maybe if carrots are in my soaps it will help improve my vision? Probably not. In any event, the carrots may be added if they are mashed up after cooking. Use no more than 1 Tablespoon of carrot puree to a 1 lb fat batch when adding your cooked carrots.

Tonya

Carrots
Carrots

Blending soap to trace
Blending soap to trace

Soap with Carrot Decoction
Soap with Carrot Decoction
Carrot Decoction
Carrot Decoction

Soap w/Carrot Decoction
Soap w/Carrot Decoction

Soap with Carrot Decoction
Soap with Carrot Decoction
Mixing lye
Mixing lye

Pouring Soap into Mold
Pouring Soap into Mold
Melted Oils and Lye Mixture
Melted Oils and Lye Mixture
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Safflower Powder in Cold Process Soap

We have been making Tinctures, Infusions, and Decoctions with several dried herbs and with many of the powders that are available in the catalog. Today instead of using the extraction method to get the properties or color out of the dried herbs or powders I would like to show you how to use them directly in your cold process soaps. My main reason for doing this is to show you some wonderful color options for your soaps that the powders will provide.Today I am going to use Safflower Powder, this powder has a beautiful red orange color. Safflowers are a bright yellow orange flower, they appear dry and spiky in the fields. The dried flowers take on a red orange appearance and the herbal/floral aroma is a great addition. The powder is ground very fine and feels soft to the touch. You can add this powder directly to your soap for a great golden color.I have gathered some supplies and I’m ready show you how easy adding botanical color can be.

Supplies Needed:

Ingredients
Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Lye
Water
Powder of choice
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Soap Bucket
Gloves
Soaping Goggles
Soap mold of choice

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170.1 Palm Kernel Oil
141.75 grams Coconut Oil
141.75 grams Olive Oil
62.37 grams Lye
177 mL Water
1 tsp Powder
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
2.20 oz Lye
6 fl oz Water
5 grams Powder
Recipe in Percentages
38% Palm Kernel Oil
31% Coconut Oil
31% Olive Oil
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Powder

I’m going to use the same soap recipe as I did when making the soap with infusions. This will give you some ideas and suggestions when you try the infusions or powders in your soap batches.

Begin by weighing all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water to form a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool separately until they reach a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. When cooled, mix the oils and lye solution together and blend with immersion blender until trace is achieved. Once your mixture has made it to trace add in your powder approximately 1 teaspoon, mix thoroughly then 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.

I have noticed that when adding the powder that I am getting a deep golden color or tint to the soap. I only used 1 tsp and got this fabulous color. Even though the powder color is red orange, when added to the soap it gets a golden dark yellow tone.

I have added a few photos to show you the process, I hope you are making some great soaps with me and enjoying the fun. Check out the last photo of all the soap lined up Safflower Powder is the first from the left, beautiful yellow color. I will keep watching and see if the color changes while it cures.

Tonya

 

 

First Batch with no Powders or Infusions added

Mixing Lye

Mixing Oils

Mixing Safflower Powder in Soap

Infusions, Tinctures, and Powders in Soap

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