Step Three of making a new recipe
This is the part where I try out the different recipes and see how they work. I also want to try out some new fragrance oils at the same time since that is what these recipes are for. I must say I'm already feeling a preference for the lard soap. Personally I like that I can use less coconut oil and still get a good iodine number. I also like that I can purchase the lard at my local grocery store for cheap. I believe out of the two it is the least expensive recipe.
Experimental Recipe 1
25% Coconut oil Hardness - 42
30% Palm oil Cleansing - 17
8% Castor oil Conditioning - 54
35% Corn oil Bubbly - 24
2% Stearic Acid Creamy - 32
Iodine - 66
INS - 144
Experimental Recipe 1 - I'm making a 1lb batch of 8% Super fatted soap. I'm using Natures Garden Fragrance Oil 'Apples and Oak'. I am making it with a red and green swirl. I'm going to try and make a nice red by mixing both Merlot mica and melon red lab color. I'm using chromium green (grass green) oxide for the green. I will leave the bulk of the soap it's natural color to see if there is any discoloration of the soap. I am using a wooden box I purchased at the dollar store that I believe will make a nice 1 lb mold or possibly a 2 lb mold if needed in the future.
Here is my video of the making of Experimental Recipe 1
So far so good the fragrance I used accelerated on me a bit. The corn oil didn't turn the soap a yellow color which I was worried about. It was a very easy to work with recipe. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try it. I am going to try it again without the stearic acid since I had little white specks in my soap which I think may have been stearic acid that re-solidified. not sure. I was soaping at room temperature. So I am going to adjust this recipe and take the stearic acid out. And do another soap just to see if I get specks again. Also the lather was ok and creamy. I wasn't impressed with it but I'm sure that it will get better as it cures.
Experimental Recipe 2
8% Castor oil Cleansing - 14
28% Corn oil Conditioning - 55
42% Lard Bubbly - 21
2% Stearic acid Creamy - 33
Iodine - 66
INS - 141
Experimental Recipe 2 - I'm making a 1 lb batch of 8% Super fatted soap. I'm using Natures Garden Fragrance oil 'Hot Cocoa'. With this one I am leaving some soap natural and swirling it with a bit of soap mixed with cocoa powder. This is to see if the cocoa powder gives it a prettier brown than what the natural soap will look like when it's done discoloring. This fragrance does discolor. I am also reserving some unscented soap for white. just so I can see what the natural color of this soap recipe is. I'm told that lard soap makes a pretty white soap. I'm using a wooden box I purchased from the dollar store of a different size than the other that I believe will make a nice size bar. For a 1 lb recipe only.
Here is my video of me making Experimental Recipe 2
This recipe worked really well. It didn't accelerate on me at all. I love the white color of the natural soap. I felt I had lots of time to play with it. And the numbers for this recipe are more right up my alley. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try it. I did get white specks in this recipe as well. I am going to remake the recipe without the stearic acid to see if that rectifies it. I was soaping again at room temperature. The lather on this soap was excellent. I liked the creaminess and it had a some big bubbles. Pretty awesome for not having a ton of coconut oil in it. And it will only get better as it cures. So I guess there will be a step four...
Until next time..... Happy Soaping Everyone! ;0)