|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!