Introduction to Soap Making - Day 6
|We have made a few batches of soap already. Has anyone cut their soap yet? I want to hear how your soaps look, smell and feel!
Today we are going to use Tamanu Oil as our luxury oil. Tamanu Oil is used for the same reason Emu Oil is. It adds great emollient properties, making a soap feel more conditioning and luxurious. It has a little less emollients than Emu Oil but adds a beautiful color and faint nutty odor that is very enjoyable.
If you are to use Tamanu Oil in your soaps with a fragrance, I would recommend more earthy, musky or nutty scents. Florals would not be a good mix.
I used Coconut Oil for lots of good lather and Hydrogenated Soybean Oil to help lighten the color from the Tamanu Oil. I personally prefer lighter colored bars of soap.
Weigh the oils into a microwave safe container. Place into the microwave and heat. While the oils are heating, weigh the lye. Slowly add the lye to your container of water. DO NOT add water to your container of lye. The two chemicals reacting can cause a dangerous volcano. It is best to create good safety habits before you make a batch of soap that is 20 lbs in size.
For most soaps, you will want to mix your oils and lye solution when both are somewhere between 110°F to 130°F. In the winter when your soaping area is cooler, you will want to soap at higher temperatures. In the summer when your soaping area is warmer, you will want to soap at cooler temperatures. For this batch my temperature were 128°F for my oils and 114°F for my lye solution.
When your lye solution and oils are within the ideal temperature range, slowly pour the lye solution into the oils. Using either an immersion or a soap spoon, mix until you reach trace. Trace is when the raw soap has been mixed enough that oil will no longer rise to the surface when mixing is stopped. If you aren’t sure if you have achieve trace then stop mixing, go get a glass, fill it with water, do not drink it. Come back to your soap. Is oil floating on the surface?
Once trace is reached, you can pour the soap into a mold. Allow the soap to sit undisturbed for 12-24 hours. After the soap has been allowed to sit for up to 24 hours, you can unmold the soap and cut it. Arrange the cut bars of soap in an area where there is good air flow but they will not be in the way. I like to put them on a sheet of cardboard. You are now ready for the curing process. The curing process is just allow the soap to dry out, giving you a nice hard bar. You can use your soap immediately after cutting but it will not last as long as a fully cured bar.
A great way to determine if your bar has cured all the way is to use our Cure Cards! Did you know you can get them free in qualifying orders? How cool!