Saturday, October 3, 2015

My First Recipe: "Cheese Soap", 5% Shea Butter Milk Soap

Hi! Welcome all to my new blog about soap making in Japan, The Soap Box. I'm going to be sharing all my recipes, trials, and tips. This is all a learning experience, so won't you go on this soapmaking adventure with me?

This is my first serious soap recipe. I wanted to make a shea butter milk soap. This was a 2000g oil batch. I made it on September 20th, 2015


Olive oil             900g     45%
Coconut oil        500g     25%
Sunflower oil      300g     15%
Palm oil             200g     10%
Shea Butter       100g      5%

Lye                  299.8 g x 90%= 270g  (10% superfat)
Saline water       600g  (30%)

powedered milk      15g
milk                      a small dash 
Essential oil
Lavender              a few drops

Measuring out the oils.

Weighing the Shea Butter

Measuring the lye and water.

Mixing and cooling the lye solution. Checking for the right temperature.(37-40C/ 98-104F)

Added the lye to the oils. Mixing, mixing, and more mixing!

Poured into my molds.

My finished blocks and bars after unmolding.

The Result:

The mixture thickened. I mixed and mixed, but I never got a clear trace. The soap was still very soft the next day. I had trouble unmolding, then I realized I should have lined the molds with wax paper. I had to stick the molds in the freezer for a while. Eventually, the came out, whew!

My friends joked that it looks like cheese. I don't blame them. The orange color was completely unintentional. It was the red palm oil I used. The original image was milk soap remember?  I was going for a white on white look. I had removed about a cup and a half of mixture and added a little more powdered milk and a smidge regular milk. I poured this over the top of my molds. I wanted to make a swirl effect, but the red palm oil dashed those plans. In my next batch, I'll take out the red palm oil. I have a lot, so I'll save it for another soap that should look orange. Maybe Halloween soap. Ah, that's another idea.

Anyway, the soap is still good and very moisturizing. It doesn't lather really well, but feels good. In my next post, I'll go over the problems and solutions I had for this batch. I love the learning process.

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