Monday, December 21, 2015

First Try - Valentine's Soap

It feels a little strange thinking about Valentine's Day when Christmas isn't even here yet. However, when your soap takes 4 - 6 weeks to cure, you have to think that far ahead. I've been trying to come up with something luxurious and almost decadent.

This is what I've come up with:

25% olive oil pomace
25% coconut oil
15% avocado oil
15% rice bran oil
10% palm kernel oil
5% shea butter
5% castor oil

I used 30% lye concentration with a superfat of 5%.

To the batch, I added 2 tsp each of sodium lactate, silk protein, and simple syrup.
At trace, I added about 2 Tbsp of heavy cream and scented the soap with lemongrass and ylang ylang. I used coconut milk instead of water.

I had hoped to do a Taiwan swirl but I forgot to make the dividers until the very last minute, when it was too late, so I ended up layering the two colours and swirling slightly. On the top, I sprinkled some opalescent glitter.

I also cut the Sweater Weather and suddenly my soap supply is looking much more healthy.

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