Because of this concern, I want to avoid canola oil — would substituting canola oil for something like sunflower oil or grapeseed oil work the same? I started soap making in 2010, using this Dutch website, became a member of their forum that closed in 2012. Next time I would try not insulating your soap and see if that helps!. Essential oils are quite delicate and can evaporate in batches that are too hot — especially citrus based essential oils. Thank you in advance for your help. You can use a bit of salt in the water component which will help harden the soap somewhat.
Be sure to coat the cavities of your molds with a bit of Cylocmethicone to help them pop right out. It stung every time I used it! Saponification — Saponification is essentially the process of your lye solution and oil mixture turning into soap. We recommend using the flakes at 15% or less in your recipe. Hi Lyn, There is no need to warm the olive and coconut oils. My soap turned out just fine when I used solid coconut oil. Grapeseed and sunflower oil are both liquid at room temperature.
The lye mixture heats up on its own when you add the lye to water. A popular one this time of year is the. Hope you have time to answer my question. I used a red and I guess I used too much because the suds are red. For instance, if I want a 1 pound batch, I will guess the oils will weigh 12 ounces. Try reducing your water content to 29g per 100g of oils.
Soft oil recipes typically take at least two months to harden and cure, so I think letting them sit out in a cool, dark place may take away some of the oiliness. One of them was for the very same reason- the soap turned out too soft, probably because I did everything in super cold and none of the liquid evaporated out. Despite no superfatting, if I try to do my dishes with it, it leaves an oily residue. It feels really great on the skin. You can also add coconut oil or tallow up to 33%. This recipe is nice and gentle, so it should work well for a baby! Keep in mind that lye is used in food making- like for curing olives and making the crust on pretzels and sometimes bagels.
That is especially true of a soap like this one with a high percentage of olive oil in it. Palm oil adds firmness to a recipe, and there is no direct replacement for it. The problem with fractionated coconut oil is that it needs more lye than regular coconut oil. A few questions… To wash any materials that have come in contact with lye, could you use dish washing soap to clean it or will it spark a chemical reaction with the lye? Stir until the salt is fully dissolved. Did you pour the result into molds to see if they set after a day or two? In the end, I think my favorite is the rectangular soap. I blended mine in the bottom of my sink, and distanced myself as much as the blender would allow, just in case!! I just whipped up a batch of this tonight and had a few questions.
Watch me make this Easy, Beginner Soap. If you were to use a lot of extra oil, eventually your recipe would result in a soft bar of soap that could go rancid more quickly. Remember that certain objects can melt under high temperatures. You can also checkout the for that instant gratification factor. I read your articles on gel phase and want to gel my next batch. This means that 1 ounce of Coconut Oil by volume is actually not going to weigh the same as 1 ounce of Hazelnut Oil by volume.
I calculated that it holds 86. I look forward to using your starter recipe next week. The problem with not using distilled water is that not everyone has a decent filtered water to begin with. However, that just makes it a bit more skin loving. If you mix cold-process soap over 130F then you risk a whole host of issues including volcano-ing, cracking, and discolouration. Does it seem to melt away quickly when used? If they are not lye heavy your soap is safe to use. Read more about false trace here: For the soap now, I would recommend using the Hot Process Hero method.
This was the best information I have found yet. I wondered if I can take any basic recipe like this and add fragrance and colorants within the recommended limits to make it smell and look the way I want. There seem to be a few options within my province but some of it seems very cheap compared to others a found in the states. I am having a hard time getting the mixture to trace. I mean it looked like soap, so I must have reached success, right? We actually recommend making small test batches at first so you can see how the soap feels and adjust from there. I add a squirt of honey to the mix. The weather may affect how you store your soap though! This recipe has a high percentage of olive oil, though, so it gives you a pretty good working time.