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Friday, 28 December 2012

Bonsai &Citrus Swirl Cut

I kind of like how my first swirl turned out. It wasn't exactly what I had planned, but pretty decent. There is kind of a crackle effect going on with the soap which I believe is from the Titanium Dioxide. From reading what others that have used it have posted, it does not happen in an ungelled soap, so I may try to prevent gel the next time that I use it.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Bonsai & Citrus Ginger Swirl

Yay, first post Christmas soap!

I was suffering soap making withdrawals. I decided I wanted to try swirling again one more time. I brought it to a thin trace, added my FO, split off a portion to mix with a blue mica, and my trace quite quickly changed from light to thick, so in the pot swirling was out. I ended up altering pouring one, then the other into the mold, then swirling with a chopstick. I am excited to see it cut. I am beginning to suspect I soap a little too warm, and think I will try a cooler temp next time.

I also did two other "firsts" for me today. I had purchased some Titanium Dioxide to whiten my soap. I got the water soluble type, so that was added to my lye mixture. I also added a pinch of raw tussah silk fibres to my lye mixture, which is supposed to add a very silky feel to soap. I found the vendor on Ebay, but she had her website printed on her invoice, . I bought 2 oz of the Tussah Silk Noil. 2oz is enough to tightly pack a ziplock baggie, and most soapers who use it recommend about a cotton ball sized pinch for 5lbs of soap, so this is going to last me awhile, considering my average batch is about 2lbs. I found it to be a really great value for something that could add a lot extra to my soap, considering I paid about $5 including the shipping.

For my fragrance today, I used Bonsai & Citrus Ginger which was highly reviewed by other soapers on the vendor's site. I was expecting a bit more of a sharp citrus note, but it's not what I expected. I love it, but it was really unexpected. The sandalwood and evergreen really tone down the femininity of the sweet citrus tones. This one is definitely going back into the rotation.

And finally, first my pic, and then the recipe:

Total oil weight1.5
Water as percent of oil weight38 %
Super Fat/Discount7 %
Lye Concentration26.494 %
Water : Lye Ratio2.774:1
Sat : Unsat Ratio39 : 61
Iodine 60
INS 150
Fragrance Ratio0
Fragrance Weight 0 Oz
Lye - NaOH0.2053.28793.188
1Olive Oil pomace400.69.6272.155
2Palm Oil200.34.8136.078
3Coconut Oil, 76 deg250.3756170.097
4Avocado Oil50.0751.234.019
5Castor Oil100.152.468.039
Soap Bar Quality Suggested Range Your Recipe
Hardness 29 - 54 38
Cleansing 12 - 22 17
Conditioning 44 - 69 59
Bubbly 14 - 46 26
Creamy 16 - 48 30
Iodine 41 - 70 60
INS 136 - 165 150
Lauric 12
Myristic 5
Palmitic 18
Stearic 3
Ricinoleic 9
Oleic 41
Linoleic 8
Linolenic 1

This soap should feel amazing! I can't wait to try it.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Coffee Soap Cut

I unmolded and cut my coffee soap today. I like the look of it so far. When I took the picture the edges were darker than the center, but that has now evened out since all the surfaces have been exposed to air.

On it's own, I think the coffee scent is a little stark. I expected to love it more, because I love the smell of brewing coffee. It's not bad, it's just missing....something. I can't even define what it is. I do think at some point in the future, I will combine it with the Creamy Cinnamon Chai scent that I used in this soap as I think they will pair beautifully together.

As a side note, this is only my 6th batch of soap, and I can already see the difference in looks between this and my first two attempts. Part of that is using the wooden molds I think, but the majority is just simply that I have gotten better. And if I have gotten this much better after just a few batches, how much more fabulous will the soap I make in year's time be? Many of the experienced soapers at advocate waiting at least a year for those people wanting to sell, so that you can work out the kinks, and see how your soap holds up over time. I can absolutely see why that is.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Coffee Soap

I couldn't resist any longer. I had to make a soap that used coffee for the liquid.

Nothing too unusual to report, procedure-wise. I did lift my stick blender a bit to much at one point, and some raw soap splashed out of my container. It splashed away from me, but it could easily have splashed at me. It just really reminded me why the safety precautions are so highly stressed to us new soapers.

With that out of the way, here is the recipe I used today:

Total oil weight1.5
Water as percent of oil weight38 %
Super Fat/Discount7 %
Lye Concentration26.612 %
Water : Lye Ratio2.758:1
Sat : Unsat Ratio43 : 57
Fragrance Ratio0
Fragrance Weight0 Oz
Lye - NaOH0.2073.30793.752
1Olive Oil pomace400.69.6272.155
2Palm Kernel Oil300.457.2204.116
3Palm Oil200.34.8136.078
4Cocoa Butter50.0751.234.019
5Castor Oil50.0751.234.019
Soap Bar Quality Suggested Range Your Recipe
Hardness 29 - 54 42
Cleansing 12 - 22 20
Conditioning 44 - 69 55
Bubbly 14 - 46 24
Creamy 16 - 48 27
Iodine 41 - 70 56
INS 136 - 165 151
Lauric 15
Myristic 5
Palmitic 18
Stearic 4
Ricinoleic 5
Oleic 42
Linoleic 8
Linolenic 1
I am just copying and pasting my soapcalc view recipe page, because I am too lazy to type. I think I may do this more often, because it has a lot of extra info I usually leave out when posting.

I also used Cappuccino Frgrance oil because even though coffee was my liquid, I have read the scent usually doesn't make it through. It behaved well, no acceleration, and because the soap is already dark, I wouldn't notice any discolouration if it does. Hopefully it'll hold well.

And since a soap post is incomplete without pictures, here you go :) 

Kinda Marbly

I unmolded the soap I made the other day where I failed miserably at an in the pot swirl. It has kind of a subtle marbled look to it. I think I like it.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Soaping Day

Ok, I am going to run out of unique titles for my posts at this rate.

Time to make soap again :)

Today, my recipe was

Olive oil 50 %
Palm Oil 20 %
Coconut Oil 20 %
Castor 5%
Shea butter 5%

I used Margarita Fragrance oil, which has a lovely lime scent. I did scent it a bit stronger than I normally would, as I know citrus scents do not hold well in cp soap. Didn't notice any acceleration, and it is too soon to tell if there is any discolouration. If it holds well, this may become one of my go to scents, as I love citrus.

I also had some dried juniper berries, which I used a blender to grind up, and added at trace as an exfoliant.

And then, because this soap did not have enough going on, I decided to try an in the pot swirl. That part didn't go so well. I wasn't sure how much mica to use, so I only added a small amount of a dark red  which left me with a strawberry-ish colour, and it wasn't a striking contrast to the rest of my batter. Then went I went to add it back to my "pot"  to swirl it, I discovered that as the rubbermaid container I use  is kind of narrow, and my trace was a bit thick, that I couldn't pour it as a swirl. It just layered on top of the batter already in my pot. I'm curious what it will look like when I unmold it.

As usual, no problems achieving a full gel.

Lessons learned from todays batch:

1) Use more mica
2) If trying ITP swirl, keep at a lighter trace
3) Use a container with a wider opening as the pot when doing an ITP swirl

I think I may need to hit a dollar store to get some plastic measuring cups to use in creating swirls, so I have something with a spout to pour with.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Good Enough to Eat

Well, not really. It would still taste like soap.

I just unmolded and cut my milk soap that I made yesterday. It was a touch on the soft side, I probably could have left it a touch longer, but I was impatient.

The fragrance has made it to discolour to a delicious looking caramel shade, and the milk makes it look very very creamy. I am glad I decided not to add any colouring.

So! On to the pictures!

Here it is, sitting in the mold, just waiting for me.

I love the hinged sides on this :)

Ready to be cut.

Mmmmmmmmmm, Caramel.

I am immensely pleased at how this turned out. I tried a teeny little shaving that came off when I was slicing it, and it already feels lovely. Waiting for it to cure is going to be hard.