In the Kitchen Tonight…Making Soap!

My husband is a retired Marine who is truly a “jack of all trades” type of guy.  He loves to play his guitar (taught himself!) and he is great at coloring my hair (much to his chagrin) and makes the best steak and baked potatoes. He also is an expert who knows how to turn my frowns upside down.  He likes to dabble in things that interest him – like when he was building his own drones and there was a time he enjoyed painting birdhouses.  The best thing he has ever done though with his array of many talents is making soap.  He is so meticulous in all that he does and unlike me, he is incredibly patient (and this requires patience).

The greatest part of being married to a soap maker is that we never run out of soap and also – we know exactly what is used for the ingredients.  Its truly a labor of love for my guy and I am so proud of him for his creativity and passion.

So tonight, I wanted to give you a peek on his soap making adventure and also share with you his own personal recipe (with pictures!)

Vanilla Scented Cold Process Soap

Ingredients:

Canola Oil – 23.1 oz

Castor Oil – 12.6 oz

Palm Oil – 69.3 oz

Shea Butter12.6 oz

Lye – 16.35 oz

Water (mixed with Lye) – 38.8

Vanilla scent – 7 oz

Mica White Color – 5 tablespoons

Types of colors that can be used:

Micas, Oxides and ultramarines,Titanium dioxide, Neons

(I used a 9lb soap mold and soap cutter that I purchased from Soapequipment.com)

Directions:

  1. Suit up in safety goggles, gloves and long sleeves.
  2. Add the lye to the water. Stir well taking precautions to not breathe in the fumes. Set the mixture to the side and allow it to cool to approximately 110F. You can put the lye water mixture outside if you are not in a well ventilated area.
  3. Add all your oils together and melt. Allow them to cool to approximately 110F, or within 5 degrees of the lye water.
  4. Add the lye water mixture to the melted oils, carefully. Stir vigorously until trace occurs. Trace looks like a thin pudding. A stick blender will help speed trace along. If you are stirring by hand, these recipes may take up to an hour to trace.
  5. Pour your traced soap mixture into your molds. Pop out after 3 to 5 days and allow to sit for a full 4 to 6 weeks to cure and finish

After I poured the soap mixture into the soap mold, I smoothed the mixture with a rubber spatula, and then covered the mold with wax paper and let the soap cure for three days before I took the soap loaves out of the mold.  I then placed one soap loaf at a time into the soap cutter and cut each loaf into 13 bars of soap, for a total of 39 bars of soap from the three loaves.  I then placed the cut bars of soap into a plastic container and covered them with wax paper.  I’ll let the soap cure for two weeks, and then it will be ready to use.

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