Archive | February, 2012

Great Castile Soap with a Twist!

24 Feb

 

 

 

Guess what I was doing this week?  No, I wasn’t playing ball or taking the dog for a walk …..This week, I was testing out some new soap recipes for people with sensitive skin. I not only wanted the soap to be non irritating but I wanted it to be a little bubbly too. I don’t know about you but I like a little bubble.

I think I Finally came up with a Great one! It’s basically an Olive oil based soap w/ just a tad bit of coconut oil. I’m not going to lie and say it’s overly bubbly but it passes the test for me! I guess it’s not really a Castile Soap as such but it’s close.

If you have never made soap before check this out first!

****ALWAYS RUN  RECIPES THROUGH A LYE CALCULATOR****

Here’s the Recipe:
Makes 2 pound

27 ounces Olive Oil
5 ounces Coconut Oil

10 ounces of either frozen Goat Milk or frozen Buttermilk

4.3 ounces of Lye ***caution when using Lye****

Hope you enjoy the Castile Soap Recipe with a Twist!  If that’s not for you maybe this Goat Milk Soap recipe is for you!

Have I gone over, the equipment needed for soap making?

17 Feb

I don’t think I have. So, what equipment is needed to make soap? I know there are lots of answers out there. The net is full of all kinds of answers. I guess because everyone has there own way of doing things…..

Here’s my list of equipment needed for soap making. You can also check this site out!

First safety!

1. Safety Goggles

2. Gloves ( I use chemical resistant ones)

3. Long sleeves – a lab coat works wonders

4. A Scale (a digital that measures in grams)

5. Measuring cups ( I use a variety of sizes from 1 cup to 8 cups)

6. Measuring spoons ( Sometimes I use a couple of sets depending on which soap I’m making)

7. Stainless Steel pots (make sure they are stainless steel or something the lye will not eat through)

8. Spatulas (at least 3)

9. Plastic Slotted Spoons
10. Stick Blender (this helps a lot)

11. Molds

12. Fabric softener Sheets (I use these to stop static cling with the lye. I go around the top of the jar of lye)

Hummm Did I forget anything? I probably have. I’m hoping that I haven’t. But, if I forget something I’ll be back to update the equipment needed for soap making!

Looking for the “Best” Milk Soap Recipe?

9 Feb

When I started making soap 6 1/2 years ago, I was always looking for the best milk soap recipe or any recipe for that fact! You know that one perfect recipe that has everything. Bubbles, moisture and long lasting. I tried probably hundreds of recipes until I came up with this one……It’s a fairly easy recipe —Which makes it great for the Beginner. Ready?

Let’s start with safety first. Please make sure you are wearing protective eye wear, long sleeves and gloves. If you have never made soap before you can read this for the list of equipment.

****Make sure you run this recipe through a Lye Calculator****

Now, here are the ingredients:
•10% Castor Oil
•30% Olive Oil
•30% Palm Oil
•30% Coconut Oil

420 grams Frozen Goats Milk
162 grams Sodium Hydroxide (lye)

This recipe will make 11-  4 ounce bars

Weigh and melt the oils —- I like to have the temperatures of the oil and lye solution (lye and goat milk) at around 100degrees. Set them aside.

Add the lye “SLOWLY” to the frozen goat milk. You want to add it slowly so it doesn’t have a volcano effect. Be cautious when working with LYE……..

After you have the Lye completely dissolved into the Goat Milk. Set that aside until the oils and the lye solution are both around 100 degrees.

Get your mold lined and ready to go if you haven’t already done so!

Now, for the fun part.

Take the lye mixture and add it to the oils….Take the stick blender and blend. You are going to blend until it traces. Which means the mixture will adhere to the stick blender sort of like a thick gravy on a spoon…..

Then you are ready to pour it into the mold. Let it sit in the mold 12 to 18 hours. Un-mold and let cure a few weeks (approx. 4 to 6 weeks.)

Now, you have just made the best milk soap recipe ever! Let me know what you think…….

Here’s a question I get asked a lot…..Why Should I use Handmade Soap?

3 Feb

The answer is pretty simple. First off, anything is better handmade. I mean think about, really think. Would you rather have bread in a package or would you rather have “fresh” bread out of the oven? To me it’s the same with soap. It’s like comparing apples and banana’s…..You can’t.

So, back to that question. Why should you use handmade soap. Well for starters it has glycerin. See, when you have a bar of handmade soap the glycerin is not removed. Grocery store soap though they remove the glycerin. That’s why if you have dry skin it’s the worst type of soap to be using.

Plus, when you have a bar of handmade soap the soap maker usually super-fats the soap. What does that mean? Well, they leave extra oils in the finished product. That way your skin is always moisturized. My soaps are between 5% and 7% superfatted.

The best part is you have a wide variety of soaps. You can get goat milk, sea salt, tea and countless others…..Why should I use handmade soap because it’s Awesome~!