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Ginger and Silk Soap

Finished Soap

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When I came back from China, I brought back a wealth of knowledge and experiences really have changed my perspective on life, lifestyles, culture and food. People ask about my adventures abroad but there is so much to tell, I hardly know where to begin!

I often start with the food. Grocery shopping in China is a very different experience. Certainly there are markets similar to ours however those are only large chains like Walmart. Your small local markets are an entirely different undertaking.

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Eggs, spices and fruit are piled in high, precarious mounds for close inspection. The butcher processes your meat right in front of you so as to prove or guarantee freshness. Down the way is a stall for all types of soy and tofu products. It is common to have warm tofu right out of the press.

As you choose your groceries for the day, you can hear the rhythmic slap, slap of fresh noodles being stretched. Steamers hiss as lids are lifted to reveal dumplings and filled buns. Shopping for groceries is a mouth-watering adventure.

Lye Solution

Lye Solution

I was particularly fond of shopping for spices. Vendors will scoop up Sichuan peppercorns, Chinese star anise, peppers, cumin and more for you to smell or even taste. For me the chore of shopping for spices was like I had died and gone to heaven. One thing that did surprise me was ginger. It was fresh, firm and fragrant. It also seemed to be in almost every dish. The bold flavor has stuck with me. Today I wanted to make a soap using two items that very important to the Chinese. Silk and ginger. Come join me as we visit China by way of our soap pots!

Measuring Silk Powder

Measuring Silk Powder

Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

Start to finish: Less than 45 minutes*

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Water
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Ginger Powder, Dry
Silk Powder
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170 grams Coconut Oil
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
177 mL Water
65 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
1 tsp Ginger Powder, Dry
1 tsp Silk Powder
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Coconut Oil
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
6 fl oz Water
2.31 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
1 tsp Ginger Powder, Dry
1 tsp Silk Powder
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Coconut Oil
37.5% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
25% Olive Oil
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Ginger Powder, Dry
Q.S. Silk Powder

Adding Silk Powder to Lye Solution

Adding Silk Powder to Lye Solution

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. While the oils are heating, measure and add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Never add your water to your lye. This can cause a dangerous volcano. Safety first! Allow the oil and lye solutions to cool to about 115ºF. This recipe has some materials that can accelerate trace. Lower temperatures help prevent this batch from running away on you.

Oil and Lye Solution

Oil and Lye Solution

Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved. Add the clay and essential oil and mix well. Pour into a molds and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. If you need help keeping track of your cure times, try our fabulous cure cards. We can even include them into qualifying orders for free! Enjoy your soap!
Taylor

Adding Lye Solution to Oils

Adding Lye Solution to Oils

Mixing Soap

Mixing Soap

Adding Ginger Powder to Soap

Adding Ginger Powder to Soap

Pouring Soap into Mold

Pouring Soap into Mold

Soap in Mold

Soap in Mold

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