Monday, December 16, 2013
The Cream of the Crop
I decided that it would smell soft and gentle. The inspiration was a soap that I made some time ago, but that was unscented and now I had vanilla in mind. Since vanilla makes soap brown I couldn't use that. Bensoin resin is a favorite of mine and an acceptable substitute because it is quite a sweet scent. I also thought of Ylang Ylang.
I have used Titanium Dioxide in my milk soaps before, but decided to do without that this time and take my chances with the colour. I was careful to mix just a little bit of the Caustic Soda with the frozen cream, using a quarter at a time, and throwing the whole thing into the freezer in-between. As expected the whole thing turned a strong yellow colour and that made me reach for the dried yellow rose petals to use for decoration.
This was a pretty complicated mixture of oils and waxes. I'm still intrigued by lanolin in soap and wanted to test that better. I also really like to have some castor oil so that it doubles as a shampoo bar. And the Jojoba... Well, I had some.
Olive Oil 40% - 7oz / 200 g.
Coconut Oil 35% - 6.2oz / 175 g.
Cocoa Butter 10% - 1.8oz / 50 g.
Sunflower Oil 10% - 1.8oz / 50 g.
Jojoba Oil 2% - 0.35oz / 10 g.
Castor Oil 2% - 0.35oz / 10 g.
Lanolin 1% - 0.18oz / 5 g.
Water 5.8oz / 200 g.
Caustic soda 2.4oz / 68 g.
I mixed Bensoin, Neroli and Ylang Ylang with a little bit of Sweet Orange and Sandalwood Amyris. Decorated with yellow Rose petals, Chamomile, Achilla and Birch leaves. The soap started to seize pretty quickly so I jammed it into the mold and then I put it in the freezer to prevent it from overheating. I smells wonderful. It doesn't look as good, some strange thing going on in the middle, but I look forward to testing. This one will probably also only be for me.
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