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

Bergamot
Sweet 10 fold orange
Lemon
Rosewood
Pettigrain
Tangerine


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