Sunday, January 31, 2010

DOUBLE LUXE

This one has all my favorite moisturizing, regenerating and anti-inflammatory oils and butters. For gentle exfoliation, it has ground almonds. The oils, butters and ground almonds I ordered from The Soap Kitchen. I think they have a very good selection of soap making supplies and their international shipping rates are quite easy on the pocket.

Recipe:
250g Cocoa Butter
250g Shea Butter
200g Aloe Butter
200g Evening Primrose Oil
200g Wheat Germ Oil

300ml water
141g NaOH (= 10% super fat)

7 tblsp ground almonds
30g FO Double Cream by Gracefruit

Method: Oven hot process

I added the almonds at trace, because I suspected that it might have been difficult to mix them evenly in the gelled soap. The FO I naturally added after the soap came out of the oven. Even though I added more FO than I usually do, the scent did not came out very strong. That may still change while the soap cures.

Friday, January 22, 2010

MAI TAI




Recipe:
400g canola oil (rapeseed)
242g cocoa butter
227g coconut oil
50g castor oil

300ml water
128g Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH)

10g Mai Tai FO
1/4 red crayon

Method: Oven hot process

I usually measure the oils first and then calculate the lye to meet the actual measurements. So if the measurements don't exactly meet my original idea I just adjust the amount of lye. If you prefer nice round numbers like 240g cocoa butter and 230g coconut oil, use 129g lye to reach the same 5% lye discount as I did with this recipe.

I used only 10g of FO, but the scent came out extremely strong and lasting. I had never before tried to color soap with crayons, so I shaved about 1/4 of a red crayon into my melted oils. Just to see how it would turn out. The color came out as delicate peach. Now after 6 weeks, the bars are not too hard with really nice texture, lather is creamy and generous. The pH is 9. For delicate and dry skin, the soap cleanses maybe too effectively. I use it myself in the kitchen or bathroom. I am now sending out a few bars for my friends to test. Can't wait to hear how they like it!

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