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Single Oil Soap – Castor Oil – Day 1

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Yesterday I talked a little about Castor Oil. As I haven’t yet featured Castor Oil as a single oil soap, I thought we could fix that today. Are you ready to learn what castor oil contributes to you soap? Let’s head to the kitchen and find out!I had a little whoops when making the Single Castor Oil soap. I heated the castor oil in the microwave for two minutes. I stirred my lye into my water and without letting either cool, I mixed them together. A separate test told me my castor oil would have been about 200° F and my lye solution about 170° F. I had a volcano in my mixing beaker! I was to busy jump back to get any decent photos of the action but it sure made a mess!What was really amazing to me is that the soap was so hot it started to gel on the counter! I have never seen a soap do that. I certainly relearned the importance of checking your temperatures! I also learned that 5 minutes of letting things cool is much better than 15 minutes of cleaning up hot soap! Egads! I think I forgot my brain today!

Needed Materials

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Lye
Water
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
454 grams Castor Oil
55 grams Lye
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Castor Oil
1.93 oz Lye
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Castor Oil
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water

Weigh the Castor Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until warm. This took about 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. Step back watch volcano. Scrape into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Enjoy!

Taylor

 

Soap Scraped into Mold

Weighed Oil

Adding Lye Solution

Mixing Oil and Lye Solution

Mixing Soap

Watching Volcano

Scraping Soap off of counter

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Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Single Oil Soap – Golden Jojoba Oil

Monday, April 9th, 2012
I wanted to start this week off by a very interesting single oil soap. Let’s take a look a Jojoba Oil. Jojoba is a liquid wax that is harvested from a desert shrub. This oil is very different because it is also fairly stable. Let’s go see what happens when we make a Jojoba Oil Soap!

 

I really struggled to get this soap to trace. It seemed to take forever. Granted, ten minutes is not forever but compared to most soap I make, that is a long time to spend mixing. I poured it into the soap mold and let it sit for 24 hours. When I came back, it had separated! Frustrated, I went to got talk to Tina in out Technical Support Department. I learned that Jojoba has a lot on non-saponifiable oils and that this is why it had separated. I hadn’t done anything wrong, it was just the nature of the oil.

When I went to the sink to test this soap it started off feeling oily. There were not any suds or even an occasion bubble. It did feel very creamy and while I was using it, I thought how it might make a nice scrub. I did notice that the soap after being made, had a funny, smokey, herbaceous odor to it. Not bad, just not something I would use a fruity scent with.

I would make a scrub with this soap. I would add either salt or sugar and stir well 24 hours after the soap had been made. With this type of scrub, you get the benefit of a soap, a scrub and a massage oil! The un-saponified oils would get to stay behind after a good cleaning and exfoliation. I might even make a soap that is half Coconut, half Jojoba soap. That would be fun, what do you think?

Needed Materials

Ingredients
Jojoba Oil
Lye
Water
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
454 grams Jojoba Oil
28 grams Lye
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Jojoba Oil
0.99 oz Lye
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Jojoba Oil
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water

Weigh the Jojoba Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until warm. This took about 3 minutes for me. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oil and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Enjoy!

Taylor

 

Finished Soap

Heated Golden Jojoba Oil

Mixing Lye Solution

Mixing Soap

Mixing Soap

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Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Single Oil Soap – Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
What have you thought about the single oil soaps? Have you learn a lot? I know I have. I wanted to test another highly popular oil in soap making. Today I will be testing Hydrogenated Soybean Oil. Come join me in the test kitchen for this next single soap!

 

I didn’t have any problems when mixing this soap. It went smoothly with no accelerated trace. When I went to cut my soap after 24 hours, it was very firm. It also crumbled a little when I cut the soap. It made a nice hard, white creamy bar.

When I went to the sink to test this soap it was very creamy. There were some bubbles but not anything I would classify as lather. I do like how hard the soap was but I am not a fan of how it crumbled when I cut it. Otherwise, I think it made an excellent bar of soap that cleaned and was also creamy. What do you think of a bar like this?

 

Needed Materials

Ingredients
Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated
Lye
Water
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
454 grams Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated
58 grams Lye
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated
2.04 oz Lye
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water

Weigh the Hydrogenated Soybean Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until warm. This took about 3 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!

Taylor

 

Finished Soap

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

Mixing Lye Solution

Mixing Oils and Lye

Mixing Soap

Soap in Mold

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Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Single Oil Soap – Olive Oil

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

 

I wanted to continue our learning adventure with the single oil soaps. I was really enjoying what I was learning and I wanted to know more. I decided to try Olive Oil today. I have seen and heard of Olive Oil Soap before, but I have never made it and it has been a really long time since I have tested a bar. I wanted to know more. Come join me in the kitchen as we make an Olive Oil Soap! 

I didn’t have any problems when mixing this soap. It went smoothly with no accelerated trace. When I went to cut my soap after 24 hours, it was still very soft. I talked to one of the gals on the Tech Support Team and she told me that my temperatures were not hot enough. My olive oil was about 120° F. As my temperatures were fairly low, I will have to wait 6 to 8 weeks to allow the soap to cure! Big note to self: When making Olive Oil Soap, have higher temperatures.

When I went to the sink to test this soap it was really creamy. There were occasional bubbles but not anything I would classify as lather. Part of this is due to the slow saponification of the olive oil. I think a soap with 12 oz of Olive Oil and 4 oz of either Palm Kernel Oil or Coconut Oil would be really nice. This way you get the dense lather from the olive oil and the big volume lather from the Palm Kernel Oil or the Coconut Oil. What do you think? Should we try a soap like that?

Needed Materials

Ingredients
Olive Oil
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Water
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Spoons
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
454 grams Olive Oil
58 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Olive Oil
2.04 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Olive Oil
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Water

Weigh the Olive 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!

 

Taylor

Attempting to cut soap

Olive Oil

Mixing Lye Solution

Adding the Lye Solution to the Olive Oil

Mixing the Lye and Olive Oil

Mixing Soap

Pouring Soap into Mold

Soap in the mold

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Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)

Single Oil Soap – Sweet Almond Oil

Friday, March 30th, 2012
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.

Needed Materials

Ingredients
Sweet Almond Oil
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Water
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Spoons
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
454 grams Sweet Almond Oil
57 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Sweet Almond Oil
2.02 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Sweet Almond Oil
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Water

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!

 

Taylor

Finished Soap

Heated Oil

Mixing Lye Solution

Adding Lye Solution

Mixing Lye Solution and Oil

Mixing Soap

Mixing Soap

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Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)

Single Oil Soap -Cocoa Butter, Regular

Thursday, March 29th, 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! 

Needed Materials

Ingredients
Cocoa Butter, Regular
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Water
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Spoons
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
454 grams Cocoa Butter, Regular
58 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Cocoa Butter, Regular
2.05 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Cocoa Butter, Regular
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Water

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!

Taylor

Soap

Weighing Cocoa Butter

Melted Cocoa Butter

Mixing Lye Solution

Adding Lye Solution

Mixing Soap

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Rating: 4.7/5 (3 votes cast)

Single Oil Soap – Avocado Oil

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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!Needed Materials

Ingredients
Avocado Oil
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Water
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Spoons
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
454 grams Avocado Oil
57 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Avocado Oil
2.01 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Avocado Oil
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Water

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!

 

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?

Taylor

Soap in jar

Avocado Oil

Mixing Lye Solution

Adding Lye Solution

Mixing Soap

Mixing Soap

Soap in mold

Attempting to cut the Avocado Oil Soap

Piping Soap into jars

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Rating: 4.7/5 (6 votes cast)

Single Oil Soap – Palm Kernel Oil

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
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!

 

Needed Materials

Ingredients
Stearic Acid
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Water
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Spoons
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
454 grams Palm Kernel Oil
72 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Palm Kernel Oil
2.55 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Palm Kernel Oil
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Water

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.

Taylor

Finished Soap

Weighing Palm Kernel Oil

Melted Oil

Mixing Lye Solution

Mixing Lye and Oil

Mixing Soap

Soap in Mold

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Rating: 5.0/5 (4 votes cast)

Single Oil Soap – Stearic Acid

Monday, March 26th, 2012
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.

Needed Materials

Ingredients
Stearic Acid
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Water
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Spoons
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
454 grams Stearic Acid
63 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Stearic Acid
2.21 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Stearic Acid
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Water

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.

Taylor

Finished Soap

Weighing Stearic Acid

Mixing Lye Solution

Adding Lye Solution to melted Stearic Acid

Lye Solution and Stearic Acid

Mixing Soap

Soap in Mold

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Rating: 4.8/5 (4 votes cast)

Renee’s Shaving Soap

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Renee emailed in not that long ago asking for some help formulating a shaving soap. Clays are very common in shaving soaps because they create a barrier that protects the skin from razor burn. I also wanted to create a soap with lots of lather. Come join us in  the kitchen while we make Renee’s Shaving Soap!Renee has the following oils in her cupboard. Coconut Oil,Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Kaolin Clay, French Green Clay, and Bentonite Clay. I wanted to keep things simple so I only used a few of the items she has available. You can substitute any of the clays and add fragrance of your choice. I choose to leave this batch unscented. What scent would you like to see in a shaving soap?

Needed Materials

Ingredients
Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Castor Oil
Olive Oil
Lye
Water
Bentonite Clay
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Spoons
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
170 grams Palm Kernel Oil
142 grams Coconut Oil
57 grams Castor Oil
85 grams Olive Oil
69 grams Lye
170 grams Water
2 tsp Bentonite Clay
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
2 oz Castor Oil
3 oz Olive Oil
2.44 oz Lye
6 oz Water
2 tsp Bentonite Clay
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Palm Kernel Oil
31% Coconut Oil
12.5% Castor Oil
19% Olive Oil
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Bentonite Clay

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool to a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved. Add the Bentonite Clay and mix well. 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!

 

This soap lathered up really well. It’s lather had a lot of volume. It wasn’t tacky under water like soaps with lanolin can be. It was smooth with easy glide. Too bad I don’t have a razor at work I can test it with! I tested this soap before it had much time to cure. Do to that fact, it was very soft. I still enjoyed using it and I can’t wait for it to cure!

Taylor

Finished Soap

Weighing Oils

Mixing Lye Solution

Adding Lye Solution to liquid oils

Mixing Oils and Lye Solution

Adding Clay

Soap in Mold

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Rating: 5.0/5 (4 votes cast)