Friday, April 08, 2011

Making Soap

We're nearly out of soap, so I've been having a soap binge in the kitchen.

First batch: Beeswax Soap
14oz water
5oz lye
6oz beeswax
4oz coconut oil
10oz rice bran oil
20oz olive oil

Worked very nicely.







Second Batch: A mishmash batch
This batch has not worked so well.  I'm not completely surprised as I was using up a lot of oils that I had hanging around.  I did use a soap calculator to make sure my lye proportions were right, so I'm confident that was not the problem, but as you can see from the few areas of oil on the top and the slightly white crust on the bottom, the soap has not saponified properly.

Still, all is not lost!
I shall grate this up, melt it down, add some goats milk, avocado oil and some dill essential oil (or similar, not sure what I've got in my collection), and make a really lovely moisturising soap.

:)

This is an On My Mind post, from Rhonda's blog over at Down To Earth.

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dixiebelle said...

They look gorgeous... ooh, I could just have a big, deep, hot bath right now, with a cup of tea, No, make that a glass of bubbly, something sweet & chocolatey to nibble, and a good book, and 2 hours peace from the world (kids included, they can go to the park with the husband) and use those soaps.

Love it!

Patti Bee said...

Your soap looks beautiful and I like how you are able to save a batch that went wrong. Soap making is on my list of things to do I just haven't gotten there yet!
This is what's on My Mind
http://watchingovertheheartandhome.blogspot.com/2011/04/on-my-mind-feeling-blue.html

Mel said...

The soap looks great. I made a batch once and threw in a bunch of different oils and it did the same thing.

Alynia said...

It looks great indeed!
Like Patti Bee, I want to make my own soap one day as well, but I'm not there yet.

Rose said...

I haven't made anything but utilitarian soap so far, yours look great.

Caitlyn Nicholas said...

Thanx Dix :)

Hey Patti, if you can cook you can make soap, its very satisfying. :)

Good to know Mel, thanks, I'll know for next time.

Hi Alynia, good luck when you get to it :)

Rose, I started out making the utilitarian stuff, and I still do if needed. Its the best way because its so simply. :)

PhD Journey: fire, kids, erosion said...

First lot of soap looks great. Reading all these blogs is inspiring me to try this soap making. Thanks

PhD Journey: fire, kids, erosi said...

First lot of soap looks great. Reading all these blogs is inspiring me to try this soap making. Thanks

Patti Bee said...

Your soap looks beautiful and I like how you are able to save a batch that went wrong. Soap making is on my list of things to do I just haven't gotten there yet!
This is what's on My Mind
http://watchingovertheheartandhome.blogspot.com/2011/04/on-my-mind-feeling-blue.html