Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wassail and Fresh Snow Soap

I finally had some time to make more cold-process soap.  Hooray! I intended on making 4 lbs at once, but then since I'm so smart, I didn't realize until I measured all the oils / fats that it wouldn't all fit in my soaping pot.  I ended up having to remeasure out half of it once it was all melted and make two separate batches.  So, instead of having to figure out that all this stuff doesn't fit in a 4-qt stockpot like I did, here is the halved recipe for 2 lbs.

Here are the soap qualities.

Soap Bar Quality Suggested Range Your Recipe
Hardness 29 - 54 44
Cleansing 12 - 22 16
Conditioning 44 - 69 53
Bubbly 14 - 46 30
Creamy 16 - 48 43
Iodine 41 - 70 57
INS 136 - 165 147

I always aim to make sure conditioning is fairly high up.  I won't go through all the process steps again since it's the same as the Mango Soap Recipe. Please be sure and follow all safety precautions especially for making your lye solution.

Stacey's Wassail & Fresh Snow Soap Ingredients:
Solid Oils
8 oz beef tallow
6.06 oz Palm Oil (this was shortening from whole foods)
3.2 oz Coconut oil, 76 deg (this is the melt-point)
3.2 oz Palm Kernel Oil flakes

Liquid Oils
5.04 oz Castor Oil
2 oz Olive Oil
2 oz Canola Oil, organic
2 oz Sesame Oil

12.16 oz distilled water
4.4 oz lye NaOH

1 oz fragrance oil per batch - I added a dash of paprika to this one for some color
Wassail Fragrance Oil - I added a dash of paprika to this one for some color
Fresh Snow Fragrance Oil

As before I made the lye solution first, and as that cooled in its ice bath, I melted the liquid oils.  Again I poured the lye solution in while it was pretty warm about 120F, and my oils were closer to 100F.  It took a few minutes to get to trace, perhaps 5-10, and then I poured in my fragrance oils and stirred until combined. For the Wassail, this is where I threw in the paprika as well to give it some color.

Here you can see what it looked like just after pouring on 1/21/2012:


3/8/12 Cut these up, wrapped them in plastic once they were dry to cure (I unwrapped them for this photo, you're welcome), and this is what they look like now - little more than a month.  :)



Tried the Fresh Snow so far, smells nice to me - fresh and slightly fruity, if I had to give a description.  Boyfriend doesn't really care for the smell, but likes the soap.  Soft, lathery. 

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