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Friday, January 30, 2009

Cold Process Soap Recipes 3

Silk Soap - Cold Process Soap Recipe by Leila Gaines

To create a hard bar with a silky sheen, that is both moisturizing and with great lather. Silk proteins added for added skin pampering. Very faint coloring.

Your base ingredients
Sweet Almond Oil .............................5 oz (6.25%)
Castor Oil.............................3 oz (3.75%)
Coconut Oil.............................16 oz (20.00%)
Olive Oil.............................28 oz (35.00%)
Palm Oil.............................8 oz (10.00%)
Palm Kernel Oil.............................4 oz (5.00%)
Shea Butter.............................8 oz (10.00%)
Pistachio Oil.............................5 oz (6.25%)
Emu Oil.............................3 oz (3.75%)

10.76 oz lye (I use 305g as individual grams are easier to measure and control on the scale.
8% superfat
24 oz water
pinch of silk fibers (a little less than 2 grams) or 1/2 tsp. of liquid silk
Mix at 100 degrees
2 oz fragrance, mixed with 1 oz of the reserved almond oil
1/2 tsp mica color

How to mix 'em up

1. Line wooden mold or prepare plastic molds. Don goggles & gloves. Mix lye with water. Stir until clear. Add silk. Stir until dissolved. Let rest while preparing oils.

2. Melt PKO, Palm & Coconut oil together. Add castor oil. In separate container, measure out olive oil, pistachio oil, 4 oz of Almond oil together. In third container, melt Shea butter, add emu oil.

3. Add lye to coconut/PKO/Palm/castor oil mixture. Zap with stick blender until liquid is well mixed and lighter in color. Add olive oil & nut oil mixtures. Zap with stick blender for a 10 second burst. Add shea butter mixture. HANDSTIR. (Shea butter sets trace very quickly). Keep stirring until light trace is achieved. Add almond oil/fragrance mixture. Stir.

4. Take out 1 c. of mixture. Add mica color. Whisk until mica is completely dissolved and there are no dots of color. Mixture should be creamy smooth. Add to rest of soap, and stir until completely mixed, or swirl into soap for effect, as you prefer.

5. For CP Method: Pour into mold. Cover mold, wrap in a blanket, paying attention to all the corners, and do not peek for 24 hours. Unmold, cut, and cure for a minimum of 6 weeks.

6. CPOP Method: Pour into mold (untreated wood, lined with freezer paper). Add freezer paper shiny side to soap on top of soap. Cover mold. Pop into preheated 170 degree oven for 90 minutes. NO PEEKING. Turn off oven, and let soap sit in oven for at least 12 hours. I recommend 18. Take soap out, slice and cure for 1 to 2 weeks.

Notes: I've made this soap with Violet FO, and used violet pearl mica to swirl the soap. I have very subtle veins of lavender throughout a creamy, shiny soap with a scent that is marvelously complex. Floral, old-fashioned, almost fruity. Very feminine.

Olive Cream Soap

A delightful summer scented soap with a fresh green tint will brighten up the dullest of days....
You'll like this one as much as we do!

35 ozs Coconut 76 Oil
20 ozs Olive Oil
16 ozs Palm Oil
15 ozs Olive Butter
12.5 ozs Sodium Hydroxide
32 ozs Distilled Water
Chrome Green Iron Oxide
Yellow Iron Oxide
4 ozs Olive Cream Fragrance Oil

Follow the basic instructions for cold process soap. Just before trace add 2-3 tablespoons of green and yellow oxide to achieve the color. Then add the fragrance oil and pour into your mold. We stamped the soap bars with our Soap Stamps, after they where cut into cubes about a day or two after taken out of the mold.
Weigh all ingredients. Recipe makes 8 lbs.

Cold Process Goats Milk Soap:
Makes 4 lbs. Weigh all ingredients, following basic cold process method.
8 oz. distilled water (cold)
8 oz. goat milk (cold)
6.5 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
8 oz. palm oil
17 oz. coconut 76 oil
17 oz. olive oil
1 oz grapefruit seed extract
2-3 ozs. essential oil
Mix the distilled water and goat milk together in a container. Add the lye to the water/goat milk mixture and watch as it turns a tan color. Stir in all the lye. Let sit about 10 minutes. Don't be concerned about the temperature of the lye mixture or oils mixture. Prepare your oils, add lye/water/goat milk mixture to the oils. The lye/water/goat milk mixture will look curdled, stir and add it to the pot of oils. Using a stick blender mix well and continue through to trace. Add grapefruit seed extract as a preservative and any scent you like. We've chosen Ginger Essential Oil for a wonderful "Zen" scent. Pour into your mold, cover and let set 20-24 hrs. Cure cut soap for 4 weeks. Goats milk soap has a creamy smooth texture and is very nourishing for your skin.

Castile/Castila Soap

From Castile, or Castilia, a province in Spain, from which it originally came. A kind of fine, hard, white or mottled soap, made with olive oil and soda. Although this soap is slow to lather, a little work yields an abundance of rich, creamy suds mild enough for the most sensitive skin. Castile soap is so gentle, it's often used as baby's first soap.

Makes 2 lbs. Very Easy.

Follow the basic cold process soap making instructions. Soap temperature 100-120°, a bit hotter should be fine since this is a small batch and will loose heat quickly. Cure for 6 weeks for best results.

1. 8 lbs of Pure 100% Olive Oil
1 oz of beeswax pearls (gives this bar a silky texture)

4 ozs of lye (sodium hydroxide)
10 ozs of distilled water

Melt the beeswax in the olive oil until temperatures reach approximately 120°. Add the lye to the water stirring well (follow basic cold process instructions) and add to the oil/beeswax mixture when it cools to 120°. Stir until trace and pour into mold.

Optional additional additives: Ground dried chamomile 1/4 cup or less and chamomile fragrance oil (2 ozs.) added at trace.

Shea-Mango Conditioning Soap

This is a creamy, all-over body soap, enriched with soothing pure shea and mango butters. We've kept ours without any scent, but feel free to add any scent you wish.

Recipe makes 4 lbs. (approximately 16 - 4 oz bars). Follow the basic instructions for cold process soap making.

Ingredients: (weigh all ingredients)
16 ounces olive oil
16 ounces coconut oil or palm kernel flakes
8 ounces shea butter
8 ounces mango butter
17 ounces water
6.8 ounces sodium hydroxide (lye)
2 ounces of fragrance (optional)

Chenille Washcloths

Your handcrafted soap will be even more special along side one of these plush, all-cotton chenille washcloths that you knit. Made of 100% cotton chenille yarn by Crystal PalaceĆ¢„¢ available at Perfect Touch Yarns,
Pattern available in Weekend Knitting : 50 Unique Projects and Ideas (Hardcover)
by Melanie Falick: Click HERE!