Using Infusions in Cold Process Soap
|Last I showed you how to use your infusions in the Melt & Pour Soap, it is a very easy process and a great way to incorporate all those dried herb infused properties into your soaps. Now I am going to show you how to add the infusions we made into a cold process soap. I have gathered some supplies and I’m ready show you how easy this is as well.Supplies Needed:
Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water to form a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool separately until they reach a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. When cooled, mix the oils and lye solution together and blend with immersion blender until trace. Once your mixture has made it to trace then add the infusion (approximately 1 teaspoon per lb of fat), mix thoroughly then pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar.
That’s it! Where is the easy button?
I have noticed that when adding the infusions that I am getting a very light color or tint to the soap. Check out the photo of the two 1 lb. clamshell containers, the batch to the right is shown without the infusion and the batch to the left (the pale orange color) is a batch of soap made with the paprika powder infused in apricot kernel oil. I only used 1 tsp and got this fabulous color. I think I’m craving a Creamsicle about now; how about you?
I have added a few photos to show you the process, I hope you are making infusions with me and enjoying the fun.