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Using Snake Oil in Cold Process Soap

Ready for our second day of experimenting with snake oil? I am! Yesterday when we made a hand cream with snake oil, I told you I would also share my snake oil soap experience with you. Let’s go!

After a bit of research, I discovered that the snake oil Jerry had ordered for me had the same saponification value as Emu Oil. That made my lye (sodium hydroxide) calculations easy! I simply used our Lye Calculator and marked my desired amount of snake amount as Emu Oil for the calculation.When I made the soap, I was worried that the “meaty” scent of the snake oil would stay with the soap and make it undesirable. I was lucky! The soap didn’t keep the scent and even heated up to completely gel. The gelling is what caused the “artistic outer space” look of the soaps. It was hard to get a good picture of the soap, but I did a pretty good job!

Let’s go make some snake oil soap!

Soap after being cut.

Soap after being cut.

Collect needed items:
Ingredients
Palm Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Snake Oil (You can use Emu Oil with no difference to the texture of the recipe.)
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Equipment
Scale
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Mold of your choice (I’m using an empty milk carton, quart sized.)
Immersion Blender

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
6 ounces Palm Oil
5 ounces Coconut Oil
4 ounces Olive Oil
1 ounce Snake Oil
2.3 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
6 ounces Water
Recipe in grams:
170.1 grams Palm Oil
141.8 grams Coconut Oil
113.4 grams Olive Oil
28.4 grams Snake Oil
65.2 grams Sodium Hydroxide
177 milliliters Water
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Palm Oil
31.25% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
6.25% Snake Oil
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide
q.s. Water

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Making Soap:
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils on the stove in a double boiler. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Combine oils and lye solution. Mix until thin trace.Pour soap into the desired mold. Allow to sit until soap is firm. The next morning cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.

Soap Notes: This soap had a light “soapy” scent that didn’t change after a few days of curing. The soap had a creamy lather that was mostly small bubbles with a few big bubbles that I made just using my hands. I liked the feeling that the soap left on my skin after washing. I tried this soap on my hands, body and face with no problems! I think I would use this soap as a gift for my elderly family members as I think they would like it most.

What do you think? Would you try this soap?

Weighing the oils to be melted.

Weighing the oils to be melted.

Completely melted oils.

Completely melted oils.

Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.

Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.

My recipe with my notes.

My recipe with my notes.

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