Sunday, December 4, 2011

Soap batch #5. Oatmeal, milk, and honey soap made on 10/30

Howdy everyone!

I am fully aware that I have been VERY absent from my blog for many months now. First off, I moved back in July, then started working in August, and just haven't had time to update this thing...

A few months ago, my Aunt commissioned me to make her some soap for Christmas gifts. On Oct. 30, I finally got up the energy to create her soap! She requested that I make her oatmeal, milk, and honey scented soap so that's what this post is about.

The ingredients that went into this soap was as follows:

Olive oil, water, coconut oil, palm oil, sodium hydroxide, sunflower seed oil, fragrance oil, and castor oil.

This soap was superfatted to 5%. The photo below was taken on Oct. 30th right after I poured it. I attempted to make a fancy design on the top of the soap with my spatula. :)

On Nov. 2, I un-molded the soap. To my pleasant surprise, It gelled only part of the way through leaving a cool square in the center of each soap! It wasn't planned, but I thought it would make a cool gift for my Aunt's friends. :)

I was able to cut 13 bars from this batch.

Here they are at their resting place! If you look closely, you may notice that some of the soaps have cracks in the tops of them. This batch super-heated and cracked in some areas. I will be keeping those as "rejects" and most likely using them myself. ;)

I walk past these in my kitchen every day, so I watched them change from what you see above to slowly darkening to what you see below. The squares in the center of the soap are no longer there, it is one solid color throughout. They also ended up with soda ash (sodium bicarbonate, aka baking soda) on the tops of them. I haven't decided yet if I should just leave it on there or cut it off. I'm tempted to leave it for looks. :) What do you think?!?

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