Hot Process Soap

Here it is….my first soap in my DIY tall skinny mould. I’m totally sold on it! 20140717-104808.jpg

This soap is made with Virgin coconut oil and unrefined Shea butter. I added coconut milk for even more lush lather. Pink and poppy seeds for visual interest. Fragranced with a citrusy blend that had my LO sniffing around in the kitchen yesterday and this morning.

Re hot process, I like it more every time I do it. It might just become my ‘thing’ šŸ˜€

I made this whole batch for a very supportive friend and customer so I cut them extra chunky. Hope she likes them!

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Tall Skinny Mould

A friend commented a while ago that my soaps were too big for her to hold so I told her to cut them in half. In the meantime I’ve been eyeing ‘tall skinny moulds’ on the Internet because you can make soaps that look like this:

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I looked up some dimentipns and got my calculator out and after some measuring cutting and plastering, here’s my first TSM

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I will be making some hot process soap tonight and will post pictures later. Excited to try this out!

Homemade Underarm Deodourant

I’ve been meaning to try my hands at making my own Deodourant for quite a while. I read a lot about the pros and cons of adding baking soda but finally decided to try a baking soda free recipe

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This recipe contains
Beeswax
Coconut oil
Bentonite clay
Zinc oxide {optional}
Essential oil{s}

It goes on a little sticky for the first 30 seconds and then you get a lovely matte feeling that lasts most of the day, depending in what you put it through.

I really like this recipe – it’s simple and does all I need. And it smells great – the scent of the virgin coconut oil blends well with the orange oil I chose.

Ooh…I’m excited about the container also. I got a few and its brilliant for applying hard lotion (I make insect repellent lotion bars for my family and my 2yo can now apply it on herself with little fuss. šŸ˜€

Tweaking soap recipes

There are many rules in soapmaking, some that are non-negotiable e.g using the right amount of lye and taking safety precautions, and there are other rules that are flexible if you are the experimenting type.

One of the firmest held rules for decades of soapmaking was that although coconut oil is brilliant for making large bubbles, anything more than 30% would take one’s hide off. Now it’s commonplace that with a large enough super fat (at least 20%), a 100% coconut oil soap can be very moisturizing.

I’ve made a very decent 100% Shea butter soap and the person I made it for loved the gentle creamy lather and super hard long lasting bar. I live in West Africa so this also has the advantage of being an affordable recipe to make! I would choose this over Castile soap (gasp!)

Another recipe I’ve been successful with (lather, mildness, etc) is a combination of 80% coconut oil and 20% Shea butter with a 10% superfat.

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This is the most recent one I’ve made with that recipe. It’s for a guy so i used a blend of smoky patchouli and spiced mahogany from Brambleberry. Very masculine. The brown portion is colored with dark cocoa powder. Luxe!

Aloe Vera ABS update

I finally strained out my concoction a few days ago and tried it out. It felt very silky going on and rinsed off clean in spite of the 1/4 cup of raw honey I added (because I could…lol).

Just a few words about ‘preserving’ this soap chiefly because of the AV gel. Aloe Vera on its own is okay refrigerated for about a week – if you are planning to use it internally. However, mixed with vitamin c (1/2 teaspoon to a cup of AV gel) and some vitamin e, it can be kept refrigerated for up to 8 months…not that it’s going to last that long.

In Case I’ve not mentioned it before this makes a wonderful shampoo, face and body wash for most skin types.