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Nightmares in the *LOVE Kitchen……..

22 Jan

In case you have no idea what the LOVE Kitchen is, 

it’s the place where P.S. I Love Soap Co. comes to life.

I have so many things going on right now it’s really hard for me to focus on anything. Although, I’ve always been able to soap when I have things on my mind. But, lately……

AH!!! is the ONLY way I can describe it.

I have been making Coffee Mocha Kitchen hand soap for years and I mean years. It’s one of my BEST sellers of ALL- Time! I’m getting frustrated batch by batch because bad things are happening….AND I’ve checked the recipe 80 million times and can’t figure it out.

See,

Nightmare

See where the arrow is pointing? Well, that’s oil and that’s not a good thing.  Still can’t figure it out. That was the first batch. The second batch I said  to myself…”self, maybe you didn’t mix it long enough?” So, I mixed it longer to make certain it was at trace. (and again, I’ve made this soap multiple, multiple, multiple times…..)

AND 

Guess what happened again? YEP, you got it. It looked the the picture above. AH>>>>

As I type this I have a third batch that will be ready for the unveil tomorrow. I have my fingers, toes and places I can’t talk about crossed…Wish me luck!

#problems #psilovesoapco #soaping #soapoily #learningsoapmaking

What are these?

1 Oct

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These are our lifelines when it comes to soaping…..

**(if you are soaping & selling you should be writing!)

It’s the place where we write ALL of the important information down. I know you may be asking why?

Why would you have to have notebooks to soap?

It’s actually simple.

These notebooks contain everything that goes into a batch.

They contain the following:

1. the SOAP RECIPE that has been assigned a BATCH # – 

(You should always assign a batch number so you’ll be able to track a soap back)

2.  Type of color / colors that were used (brand & color)

3. Fragrance / essential Oils (brand & type)

4. Any extras such as seeds, lavender buds etc.

5. clays or salts

Anything that goes into that particular batch gets written down on that sheet of paper.

Which then goes into the notebook. Then when you label the soap it will make life so simple!

**It’s IMPORTANT to know what went into every batch. If you are soaping and selling and aren’t writing. It’s time to start a good practice and get yourself a notebook. Start documenting your next batch. Remember you’ll want to assign a Batch # to each batch and write everything that goes into that batch down.. Have a question? click here!

Tip for Cleaning up after CP Soap! I’m late and Have a GREAT Weekend!!!!

22 Jun

I just can not believe how fast this day went..Just can’t believe it.

It’s almost the weekend and another day at the Boonton Farmer’s Market! Yeehaw!!

Have a lot to do. But I thought I’d give some quick FYI on Cold Process Soap…

Cleaning up the equipment……….

 

After making a batch of Cold Process Soap your equipment will have an  Oil mixture on it.

Do you know the best way to clean it?

Simple you don’t. You wait until the next day when that oil mixture turns to soap. Then you wash out your equipment.

Makes sense huh? It did to me years ago when I read it…I’ve been waiting ever since:)

PART 2 – Beginners Guide to Making COLD PROCESS SOAP!

11 May

First, Hope everyone had a Great Week!

Can you believe it’s FRIDAY!???? I can’t where did the time go…..Well, I said I’d be back with Part 2 — and guess what? I’m back! Although, I’m missing a few pics because I kept forgetting to snap the camera. When I get them I’ll update! Ready!!!!Let’s go……..

Before anything ALWAYS! I can not stress this enough..ALWAYS  use a LYE CALCULATOR and read LYE SAFETY! Even with my recipes…..Sometimes, I make mistakes too! as someone brought to my attention this past week…

First, Put on your long sleeve shirt, Safety goggles and protective gloves and let’s go.

1. Carefully measure the LYE. (If you have static, take a dryer sheet and go around the top of the lye container and container you’re putting the lye into)

“Carefully” measure LYE

2. Measure the Distilled Water.

(will update with a pic soon)

3. SLOWLY & CAREFULLY Add the LYE to the Water……NEVER add the water to the Lye–It’s ALWAYS ADD the LYE TO WATER!!!!

Carefully and Slowly Add the LYE to the Water.

4. As you Slowly add the Lye to the Distilled Water it will become Cloudy! When it is thoroughly mixed you will not feel any grit. It will feel as if you are stirring water.

Stir the Lye Solution until you feel no grit.

5. Set the Lye solution in a safe place to cool. Put it somewhere where the kids or animals or you can’t knock it over!

6. Then measure the Olive Oil.

Measure the Oils.

7. and the Coconut Oil.

Measure the Coconut Oil.

8. Now, take the Coconut Oil and place it into the microwave. Put it on for 1 to 3 minutes. Making sure not to boil it. You just want to melt it.

Place coconut oil into the microwave. Heat for 1 to 3 minutes. Do not Boil!

9. Mix the Coconut & Olive oils together.

Mix the Coconut Oil & Olive Oils together!

10. Check the temperatures of the Lye & Oils. Should be between 90 to 100 degrees. If it’s too warm let it continue to cool.

Check temperatures of the Oils and the Lye. (90 to 100 degrees)

11. Carefully Add the Lye Solution to the Distilled Water. (ALWAYS add LYE to WATER! never the other way around)

Carefully ADD the LYE Solution to the Distilled Water….

12. Take the stick blender and immerse it into the oils & lye solution. Tap it onto the bottom of the container to make sure there are no air bubbles.

Stick Blend

13. Start Blending……

Start Blending…..

14. Keep Blending…..until you reach a trace

Keep Blending…

15. Here’s what a Trace Looks like. I tried to get a good shot. See how the mixture leaves a trail behind? (If you have any questions please ASK)

Here’s trace…See where those lines are?

 

16. Now, it’s time to pour it into the mold. ( this would also be the time to add fragrance or coloring)

Pour the solution into the mold.

17.  Now, place of plastic wrap over the top.  (to be updated with pic)

 

18. Now, it’s time to insulate. Take a towel and go around the outside of the mold. Place a piece of cardboard or wood on top the mold. Place another towel on top of the cardboard or wood. (to be updated with pic)

19. Now, it’s time to let it do it’s thing……Place it somewhere where it will not be disturbed for 10 to 12 hours…

 

Next week  PART 3! Have a Great day!!!!!!!! and hope you’ve learned something:)

PART 1 – Beginner’s Guide to Making COLD PROCESS SOAP!

4 May

First let me say happy Friday! How your week…… Mine was quite long and I’m glad it’s almost over! Yipee!!!!!!

I had a little bit of time so Here’s  Part 1  of the Beginner’s  Guide to Making Cold Process Soap .

(If you have any questions feel Free to contact me!)

**Make sure to read LYE Safety** ALWAYS USE A LYE CALCULATOR!!!

The Equipment and things you need…. ****NEVER USE ALUMINUM the LYE WILL EAT THROUGH IT****

Instead USE ~~~High Heat plastic, Glass or Stainless Steel~~

  1. A Digital Scale preferably one that reads in Grams ( you want to be as accurate as possible) a Tare feature is also nice:) so, you can zero out…

Digital Scale that weighs in grams!

2. A Digital Thermometer…..(Instant read works best!)

Digital Thermometer…

3.Containers for Lye and Lye Solution. (These are the ones I use.)

Containers for LYE and LYE SOLUTION

4. Measuring Cups (I use Glass)

Glass Measuring Cups

5. Safety Goggles and protective Gloves & LONG Sleeves. (Lye is a caustic substance and you don’t want to burn your eyes or hands.)

Safety Goggles & Gloves

6. Spoons and Slotted spoons.

Spoons & Slotted Spoon

7. Stick Blender..

Stick Blender

8. Recipe – I’ll give you the recipe below!

9. Ingredients for this recipe…Olive Oil,

Olive Oil

10. Coconut Oil,

11. Distilled Water,

12. Food Grade Sodium Hydroxide (aka LYE)

Sodium hydroxide (LYE)

13. Fragrance and/ coloring….But if you are just starting leave it out.

Fragrance or Essential Oils

14. A Mold (you can use anything for a mold. A milk or juice carton will work!

Mold

Okay that’s it that is all the equipment you need. ….

Next Week is Part 2 of Making Cold Process Soap which I will show you what to do step by step.

If you want to follow along here is the recipe.

This will make 1.5 pounds. Again it is BEST to measure in Grams.

Distilled Water 258 grams

Lye  97 grams

Coconut Oil 204 grams

Olive Oil 476. grams

Come Back Next Week for Part2! Have a great Weekend!!!!!