Mission 100 – Batch 6

Batch 5 - Spiced Coffee

Batch 5 – Spiced Coffee

I can’t resist a cup of good quality coffee so when I was making one for breakfast yesterday, it seemed almost natural to make my next Spa Soap batch a coffee one.

The Sage infused oil mix turned the most creamy light brown after I added in the lye+aloe vera+coconut milk mix…I almost wanted to mould it as is, but the Sea Salt was ready fragranced and spiced with rich Brazilian coffee…

This is sure to be a hit as well! Only 2 batches to go and the next salt is already coloured aqua-turquoisey 🙂

Thats not what my art teacher taught me!

I set out to make some lovely aqua/turquoise spa soap today but I’d run out of lye so I had to cut my recipe down to 35%.

Good thing I did. The soap batter didn’t turn blue as anticipated. It turned a browny-green and with every drop of liquid blue (imported soap colour) I added it turned more and more taupey-brown.

I remember from art class that blue + yellow (in this case cream) turns a shade of green (I was expecting a bluey green) but that’s not what happened.

Glad this was a small batch. I’ll be going back to my locally made indigo next time – its worked for me before and just a little goes a loooooong way!
Of course there’s nothing wrong with the soap. I used Rosemary infused oils and a splash of Lemongrass so it smells really good. Its just not aqua-turquoise 😀

Mission 100 – Batch 5

Here’s batch 5! I was aiming for orange and I’ve journeyed through peach now to mustard yellow *grin*

I bumped up this batch with Aloe Vera and Coconut Milk. Oh, and a splash of unbleached Palm Oil. Actually, that explains the popping mustard yellow. Lush!

what shall i call these?

what shall i call these? Goldie!

3 batches to go…I’m feeling an aqua one next or maybe chocolate? Hmmm…

Special Guest Cameo :D

A guest {husband} stopped by my soap studio {our kitchen} to watch me make a batch of Spa Soap this afternoon. He asked lots of questions about lye calculation and oil volume and I enjoyed having him around.

NBT: What did you like?
PG: The amount of lye needed to turn oil into soap wasn’t as much as I expected. That caught my attention.

NBT: What didn’t you like?
PG: The stirring part. Would prefer to use a stick blender when there’s electricity to speed up the mixing.

NBT: What surprised you about the process?
PG: Its simple and easy enough to learn. Including the calculations, so far as you know how to do them.

NBT: Do you feel prepared to make your first batch?
PG: No! I’d have to watch you do it a couple of times. But I’m looking forward to it! Its just like baking.

NBT: Next time, you will work along with me. That’s the best way to really learn soap making – by doing it.

Wood Moulds

wood soap moulds

wood soap moulds

Just took delivery of my first two wooden moulds. I feel like a ‘big soapmaking girl’ now *grin*

Wood gives the soap batter better insulation {helping the saponification process along} than what I currently use and I’m all about doing things better.

Now I’ll be able to make those chunky soaps I’ve always admired, complete with swirly tops all I want…

Mint Castile

I was listening to my husband preach about the diligent hardworking woman and it seemed appropriate to make some soap {any excuse really}.

This batch is a Mint infused Castile (100% Olive Oil) with Aloe Vera and Coconut Milk. Unscented. It would be interesting to see if the sweet mint smell in the oil makes it through and lasts like the Rosemary one did.

Now for the hard part…waiting to enjoy it in April!

chilling in the mould

chilling in the mould

Why 4 months?!!

From ready many accounts on the internet, people either love or hate Castile {100% Olive Oil} soap.

Olive oil makes a very soft, mild bar {great for people with sensitive skin and baby} and after a few weeks of cure, it is ready to use. However many people complain that the lather is ‘slimy’ at this stage. I experienced that today when I tried one of my batches that’s been curing for only 5 weeks.

At about 4 to 6 months, it becomes a very hard bar, and many report that the creamy lather is just delightful. Also its less prone to ‘melt’ away although proper care should be taken not to keep soap in a puddle of water.

Some even put theirs away for a full 12 month cure! I don’t think I could ever wait that long to use soap but with a few batches done, I’ll see if I can sneak one away till Dec 2013.

So that’s why 4 months.