|Today begins our last day of using kitchen spices in soap by using Cayenne Powder.
Cayennes peppers are a cultivar of the Capsicum annuum, domesticated peppers, and is related to other peppers like jalapeños, bell peppers and cascabels. This pepper was named for the capital of French Guiana, Cayenne. Cayenne peppers are eaten in many forms including fresh, dried and powdered, as well as dried flakes. While cayenne is used in many dishes around the world, it is frequently used in Sichuan (a province in Southwest China), Cajun, and Mexican cuisines. Cayenne is frequently used for dishes such as crawfish and other shellfish, marinades, guacamole, fried food coatings, spice blends and even hot chocolate!
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We are going to use the higher end of the water recommendations in the Lye Calculator so we can mix the cayenne powder in easily. We are also making this soap in dry weather so the soap will dry/cure quickly. If you are making this in a humid location, please use a dehumidifier to help dry out the soaps.
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well.
Combine oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. Upon light trace, add the cayenne powder. Stir well. Pour soap into molds. I used the Rubbermaid Drawer Organizers #2915 as 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.
After looking at the finished soap, I think the best scents for this soap would be fruity or fall scents like Pumpkin Pie, Spiced Fig, Welcome Home, Apple Jack, Red Grape & Blueberry, Punch Party and Fruit Slices.
The cayenne powder soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders. I really want to hear your comments about this or any of the other soaps with kitchen spices. I hope that anyone wanting a sample soap will request one and if we have any samples we will send them to you.
Wow! Can you believe we are done with the 10 batches of soap made with kitchen spices and herbs? Were you surprised by any of these soaps? If so, which soaps surprised you? Are you going to try to make any of these soaps? I’d love to hear your opinions on this series.