Welcome back everyone! This is part 2 in my soap making series.
If you missed part 1 click HERE. I went over what supplies/ ingredients you need and where to find them.
So today I will have the recipe again and show you the magic of soap making!
This is a basic soap recipe that is great for any member of the family, especially those with sensitive skin.
18 oz Olive Oil
11 oz Coconut Oil
11 oz Palm Oil
4 oz Shea Butter
13 oz water
6.2 oz Lye
For example: My glass measuring cup weighs 18.6, I push the TARE button and it zeros it out. I usually put my stainless steel pan right on here and push the TARE button each time I add a new ingredient.
Here are my oils and shea butter all weighed and warming on the stove. All of the more solid ingredients need to be completely melted down. Slow and low will keep it from overheating and reduces the time needed to cool it back down.
I weighed my lye and COLD water in two SEPARATE containers.
Always add your lye to your water!
Never water to the lye. I should be mixing as I add but I only had two hands at the time :) Mix until your lye is dissolved. It will look a little cloudy at first.
Both have their thermometers and are ready to sit and cool. My water/lye solution usually heats up to around 150 degrees or so. I try to keep my oils from getting too warm, right now it's at 125 degrees.
Both need to cool down to around 100-110 degrees. Some people say lower, but I have never had a problem with these temperatures on this recipe.
Ready to mix!
Slowly add the lye water to the oils. Again, I should have the mixer on but still missing that 3rd arm today- not where did I put that!?! You can see how the mixture is getting combined and turning opaque.
I mix on low speed to start. Then go from high to low intermittently.
This is after about 5 min. of mixing. It's starting to look like pudding but still isn't thick enough yet.
One of the things that I used to worry about is a little thing called TRACE.
TRACE- Your soap is ready to pour in your mold when you see this. A trace in your soap means you can see the line left behind when moving your blender around in the mixture. I also take it to mean that when you lift your blender out you can heap up your soap into thick piles. A little like making meringue.
FALSE TRACE- Be careful of the false trace. If you think your soap is ready, take a little time and stir the soap without the blender on. Sometimes is only looks ready until you stir it down a bit. Keep mixing until it is continually thick. This can be anywhere from 10-30 min.
Here is a video of what trace will look like. My first time posting a video by the way, I hope I don't make you too dizzy. OH, and please excuse BARNEY in the background, I didn't realize my camera would pick up sounds so easily! haha!!
Alright! Now the hard part is done and your almost there :) Pour your soap into your prepared mold. For a look at how to line a mold like this just click HERE.
You will need to keep a watch on your soap for the next step. This is the time where your soap will heat up and go through the GEL phase. . The soap will start to heat up in the middle first and turn a bit more translucent and gel like. It will slowly spread to the edges. (I wish I would have caught a picture sooner) The picture on the left shows that the gel has almost spread all the way. The last picture shows the finished gel all the way to the edges.
Uncover after this and sit it in a safe place to cool. I usually leave it overnight.