Tuesday, September 28, 2010

GREEN WITH CHLOROPHYLLIN



Here is my green soap that I've coloured with chlorophyllin that I got from The Soap Kitchen. I aimed at lighter color, but it seems that it is really difficult not to use it too much. This soap has been exposed to light for 8 weeks now and I can not yet identify any fading of the color. In the first picture the soap is dry and in the second one it's watered.



Monday, September 20, 2010

JOJOBA WAX EXPERIMENT


I have made some nice soaps with beeswax before so I have long wanted to also try some other kinds of waxes. I bought some Jojoba wax at Gracefruit a while ago but have not been able to find any recipes with Jojoba wax on the Internet.

So I contacted Gracefruit customer care and asked for instructions on how to use Jojoba wax since I was not sure if I should take the wax into the lye calculation or not. In addition, I was not able to find the SAP value for it anywhere. I was really happy when I got an almost instant reply telling that if the Jojoba wax is being used at more than five per cent, it should be taken into the lye calculation and the SAP value of 0.160 should be used.

I decided to try it with a very small amount at first. I also chose some affordable oils just in case something would go wrong.

Recipe: 
55% Rapeseed oil
30% Coconut oil
10% Castor oil
5% Mango butter

6% Superfat

I added 2.1% of Jojoba wax as a percentage of the oil weight. So this time I did not take it into the lye calculation because I only used such a small amount of it.  

Method:
Oven hot process

After the cook, I added a couple of tbsp of Titanium dioxide diluted in a small amount of water. I was not able to mix it evenly as you can see in the picture. The soap came out surprisingly soft but that might be due to the high amount of rapeseed oil. I'll have to try this recipe without the Jojoba wax to be able to compare. Anyway, this soap has a wonderful dense and creamy lather but leaves a bit sticky feeling. That might change when it cures.


Friday, September 3, 2010

FIRST TIME AT THE MARKET!

I have a secret. I have spent the summer making the paperwork so that I could sell my soap. In the EU it is not that simple because the production of cosmetics is under licence. I had to find a safety assessor and then the government officials needed to judge if she was qualified or not. Everything turned out ok and I now have a licence!



I had my first market sale last weekend and another on Thursday. They were little community markets that had small sections for crafts. At the first market there were only three of us at the crafts section. At the second market, there were about dozen or so. Yes, that is me in the picture wearing a down jacket in August!! Oh my, I really have the highest respect to people who do markets every weekend. It was really really cold.

During those two days I sold about 150 bars of soap. I don't have the experience to judge if that was a good or a poor result but it was nice to see so many people interested in my soaps. Anyhow it was fun to meet different people and other sellers who were really friendly and helpful.