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Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble.. [Aug. 27th, 2005|04:03 pm]


So, my friend Paul (sclerotic_rings) came over this morning to watch and learn about making soap. I figured that since I had extra hands, I'd get ambitious and make 3 batches.

For all, I used by standard recipe of :

25% coconut, 19% Palm, 19% castor, 28% Olive, 9% palm kernel

The three kinds we made were: Gardener's Delight, Fire and Ice, and Field of Dreams

Gardener's Delight includes fine grain Mt. St. Helen's volcanic pumice and is scented with:

Lemongrass EO
Clary Sage EO
Bergamot EO
Tangerine EO
Dirt FO
Cut Grass FO
Colored with Chromium green, and a small amount of Green beeswax pearls.

Fire and Ice is scented with Peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon Leaf essential oils...and is theoretically swirled with brick red oxide...but the batch went to heavy trace much faster than expected and started to seize...so the swirl didn't work at all. I'd forgotten that I'd originally designed the recipe for a hot process, and so had a 15% water discount...oopsies. So, it won't be a swirled soap, but I think it'll still be a pretty soap...only time will tell. I always run into problems with cinnamon batches, I wonder why that is.

Field of Dreams, I decided to change up a little this time. Well, color wise. I have a lot of green soaps, so I went with blue on the FOD. (Sort of a Delphinium blue.) I think it's going to be gorgeous. It's scented with the following Essential Oils:

Sweet 10 fold orange

All are poured, and under wraps. Hopefully I can unmold them tomorrow and get pictures. :)

[User Picture]From: gracefruit
2005-08-27 09:28 pm (UTC)
Cinnamon is similar to clove in its seizing ability. That stuff moves fast! Also, I like that you favor green. I do the same with orange. :)

I need to learn to discount water. Do you find that 15% makes a difference? I've read of people doing 50% discounts with castile.

Can't wait to see the pictures!
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-08-27 10:26 pm (UTC)
Well, it made a big ol' difference with the cinnamon batch, I tell you what. ;)

To be fair, I think what I'm calling HP is actually OP. I'm making the batches like I normally do...except with the water discount, pouring them in the uplands, letting them sit for a little bit, then swiching the bands on the uplands out for hemp twine, then popping them in the oven for a couple of hours at 170. Mostly it just cuts two weeks off the cure time...cause they get rock hard in a week instead of 3. :)

I'm actually going to try your HP method, with the crockpot tomorrow I think. I've got a cucumber melon FO I want to try, but it's flash point is insanely low, and in traditional CP, it seems to fade really fast. I thought I'd try HP and see if I get a better fix.

Also tomorrow, I'm going to try the lip balm recipe you sent. I was going to do it today, but my knees have swollen up to about the size of softballs...so I think I should probably get off my feet for a little while. ;)
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[User Picture]From: gracefruit
2005-08-27 11:15 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your knees. I have feet troubles, so I can definitely relate.

Not to be a killjoy, but I wouldn't recommend HP for a low flashpoint FO. It'll burn off as soon as it hits the hot soap. I learned this with yuzu. It was a huge disappointment.
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-08-28 05:35 am (UTC)
Ah bummer. I guess glycerine is the only choice for this one then. It holds it's fragrance really well in MP, bath bombs, lotions, and everything else...but not "traditional" soap. Darn the luck.
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[User Picture]From: divalea
2005-08-29 10:04 pm (UTC)
I have to have some Gardener's Delight. And, will you be using the scent in a spritz?

Oh yeah, Paul sent me. Love the website for its ease of navigation and non-headache-inducing colors.

If you ever have a powerful urge to add drawings to your labels, I have a powerful urge to draw kicky art for same.
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-08-30 04:48 pm (UTC)
Rock on! I hadn't planned on doing the scent in a spritz, mostly because the grass and dirt fragrances that are the base note are dramatically improved by the saponification process somehow. They don't even smell right in glycerine soaps, but are incredible in traditional soaps.

I'm going to post pics of the soaps this afternoon when I can get the Princeling down for a nap, and they should be cured and ready to ship in about 2 weeks. :) I'll drop a note here when I post the pics, on the off chance you have email notification set up. :)
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-08-30 08:59 pm (UTC)
FYI, pics of the garden soap are now up: http://www.dearwinifred.com/images/soap/finals/index.html

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[User Picture]From: divalea
2005-08-30 10:14 pm (UTC)
Is that Gardener's Delight in the novelty shapes? (I love the Venus and gargoyle. Hi-larious!
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-08-31 01:47 am (UTC)
No, the gardener's is the light green squares. The novelty soaps I did by melting a bunch of other soaps together so that I could create a really dark color, so the details would show, but using scrap soap so I wasn't wasting stuff. :)
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