|Yesterday, I promised that we would make some cold process soap and test the Vanilla Oleoresin. Well, today I’m following up on my promise.
We made three batches of soap to test usage rates of 1%, 2% and 3%. The recipe we used was the standard MMS test batch.
Measure oils on your scale. Warm on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. The temperatures were near 160 ° F. See the beginning of the blog on making Cold Process Soap to understand our thermometer-less method.
Combine oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. Upon trace weigh the Vanilla Oleoresin right into the mixing vessel. If your scale can’t handle the total weight of the batch, then measure the vanilla into a wide spoon. This product is too sticky to try to remove from a cup. Stir well. Pour soap into molds. Allow to sit until soap is firm.
Tomorrow we will cut these test batches and share pictures of the cut soaps with notes about these batches.
See you tomorrow!
Hi, I’m wondering what it would have looked like had the molds been put in the fridge after they were poured, would they have kept an even caramel color, they looked really nice right until you cut them lol. I have Vanilla Oleoresin 10 fold, I’m going to experiment, wondering how much you would recommend for a 32 ounce recipe or maybe I should try one smaller since it’s likely to not work, maybe 24. I also read if you add cocoa butter it will smell like chocolate chip cookies, have you had any luck adding it? I don’t mind the dark brown at all, I think it would great with a mint green swirled through or blue aquamarine or something. Thanks for the demo, I’ve been pondering whether or not to try it given the cost of the 10 fold, I love, love, love vanilla and do not like fragrance at all, gives me headaches. Again, thanks for all your tips and expertise – K 🙂
Karen, the brown color will happened just from oxidation. The refrigerator will not stop the discoloration. It would be fantastic it it did however. I agree that the odor of the vanilla is so good that the color is just overlooked. Vanilla = yum!
I don’t understand w the vanills 1 2 3 % is thet a choice od how much u want to add, because your pics show the loaves at different colors labeled 12ans 3 %…or are you showing what it would look like if u added the different percentages.
We were testing the different usage rates of our Vanilla Oleoresin in Cold Process Soap. We made three test batches using 1%,. 2% and 3%. Our final evaluation showed that the vanilla scent did not vary much between the different usage rates and was not a strong scent. I hope this helps!
I like the color of the 2%, but do agree that it would look a lot more interesting with a nice turquoise color being swirled through it! I’ll be curious to hear how good the vanilla smells in a few days. If the wonderful Vanilla Scent comes through, then the color really doesn’t matter!! And, although this Vanilla is very expensive it seems like a little goes along way & that’s a good thing!
The colors are fun, aren’t they? Unfortunately, when we cut the soap, we found that the scent was very faint. I cannot tell you how crushed we were. We had been hoping for a bold, unmistakeable vanilla scent. We felt that had we been able to achieve the scent, the cost would be worth it. For the results we got, we feel using vanilla oleoresin is soap is too cost prohibitive. At the end of the experiment, we felt that the Vanilla Oleoresin is better used in things like lotions, creams, scrubs and the like. If you would like to hear more of our thoughts on the Vanilla Oleoresin in soap, check out this post of when we cut the soap.
Can you test it with hot process soap to see if the scent holds in HP? Some essential oils fade in CP but work in HP. Thanks!
We aren’t fans of hot process soap because this seems to compromise the stability of the finished soap. I think the very nature of vanilla makes this an overly costly possibility. When it comes to everything on Earth there is a limited supply, using this treasured resource as a treasure that shouldn’t be squandered means it really isn’t compatible with soap. Now, lotion is another story.
How did the 3 batches of vanilla oleoresin turn out? Was the scent coming through for all??
Yes, the soaps did have the odor of a backed vanilla. They are not strong, they were just soft – which vanilla can be anyway.
Here is the followup blog:
Thank you! This has been helpful as I try to figure out how to instill a natural vanilla scent into my cold process soaps.