Sunday, May 31, 2009

Been so busy. Having fun and loving my new whipped soap

Here is my whipped soap recipe.

Shea butter 5 oz
Olive Oil 3.2 oz
canola oil 3.2 oz
coconut (76 deg) 15 oz
Stearic acid 10 oz

stearic acid 2 oz after it sets

Sodium Hydroxide 1.63 oz

Potassium Hydroxide 5.34 oz

Total Water 41.93

2.28 Oz

The one thing I learned through my experimentation with making the whipped soap is that the stearic acid is very important if you want to have fluffy whipped soap. The other important thing I learned is patience. What seems to be too thick of a soap later will soften up and be way to runny. Do not add to much water and let the soap set for 24 hours before trying to whip (Actually 48 hours is better).

I used a crock pot for this but I suppose a double boiler could also work. Also this soap foams up to over double its size at one point so make sure you crock pot or boiler has the room. I melt my oils on high in the crock pot. This soap is made hot and actually seems to turn out better if the lye is poured in at around 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

At this point I turn my heat to low and pour the lye mixture in.

During this initial stage there are many things that happen. It immediately reacts and starts to thicken. It then turns into something that resembles apple sauce. Of course though most of this I use my trusty stick blender. Soapers best friend.

There will be more to Follow.

I also must apologize for not getting to this sooner it seems I have put the blog on the back burner but I really hope that I can get back to posting on a regular schedule again. I do promise to post more on the whipped soap by Wednesday.

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