I know its been awhile since I last blogged. I’m afraid the university assignments got on top of me and I had to actually devote time to that. However, I have now finished for this semester – Yay! Which gives me a bit of time to do some soaping, and also some other creative activities.
On my first day off from University assignments I decided to try a very different recipe. This one comes from Katia Mera Soap, who has a whole heap of great recipes on thier site. If you follow the link you will see the recipe, as well as a video on how the soap was made, which was very interesting as there are a few things That we’re done a bit differently to how I usually make soap.
The story of this is that a very good old friend, who I haven’t heard from in about 25 years, contacted me out of the blue. He has a shipping company called Salty Dog Shipping, and when I was randomly googling the company later, I came across this recipe (come on people, don’t judge me, I know you all randomly Google friends sometimes), anyway, it peaked my interest and I decided to give it a go. I’m really looking forward to actually trying it out and seeing what it it’s like after its cured too, but that’s too long a time to wait to send this blog out! 🙂 – So, first the recipe.
Salty Dog Soap
750g Coconut Oil
300g Olive Oil
75g Sunflower Oil
75g Avocado Oil
75g Apricot Kernel Oil
75g Castor Oil
15 0g Salt
I used a Brambleberry fragrance called Yachtclub
For this recipe the original called for 15% super fat, however, I’ve never made a soap that high in super fat (the free oils floating around the soaps. If a soap is higher in super fat it tends to be a softer soap and more moisturising because it has more oils in the soap. However it also will not last as long. I’m pretty sure the salt in the soap will make it a harder soap though too). Anyway, I decided on 10% super fat, rather than my usual 5-6%, and I guess if I’m wrong, I’ll pay later!
With that in mind, I calculated the lye at 215g
For moisture I used a half/half coconut milk and water – so 250ml coconut milk and 250ml water.
For colouring I used White Kaolin Clay, as well as Australian Pink clay.
At this point I’d like to remind anybody who hasn’t made soap before to please check out the beginning soap makers blog which has links to great beginning soap making videos and information Learning about soaping.
First off I prepared my Clays, salt and fragrance and it them aside while I prepared the lye and the oils.
I made up the lye mixture with the water and the lye component and left the coconut milk on the side as well. This means the lye was more concentrated than usual.
Then, I added the coconut milk to the oil and blended it in. Usually, when I’m making a milk soap, I freeze the milk and stir the lye into that over ice to keep it cool. I have never added it to the oil before, so I was interested to see how this worked out.
Then I added the lye to the oil and milk mixture and blended until it reached a medium trace.
After that I split off about 2 cups of the mixture and mixed the white Kaolin Clay to the larger amount and the Australian Pink Clay to the smaller batch. I actually think I didn’t mix up enough of the pink clay, or the White clay, but it was too late to mix any more – lesson to self – better to mix too much that too little.
I added the fragrance, and then added the salt and mixed that in right before I poured the mixture.
I poured the main mixture into the two moulds first and then poured the pink mixture over the top and then sort of folded the top of the mixture a bit to blend some of the pink with the White (so it wasn’t simply a straight layer). I Moulder the top a little to make it look a bit interesting and then left it to set
The next day when I cut it I could see the White salt crystals, but because the mixture was still a bit wet, I think it doesn’t look particularly nice. At least I hope it looks a bit better as it dries. The original recipe on the previous link looks fantastic. I’ll just have to leave it a bit and see what it looks like in a few days/weeks! 🙂
It seems to have worked out well, but I don’t think I used enough white Kaolin clay in this batch. I think I’ll try it again with a different colour as well as more clay. It smells delicious however. Can’t wait to see what it’s like to use as a soap.