Avocado!

August 15, 2016

Avocado soap has been on my “to make” list for over a year now. I meant to make some last summer and time just ran out…which tends to happen on a regular basis for me.  That’s the one down side of your hobby being a full time business (with no one to do the work but you): you (as in I) have little time for experimenting.  Most of the time I’m just keeping up with making what I’m selling and there’s not a whole lot of extra time to play around.

Avocado (2)

I was in the store and walked by the avocados and they were having a special on them and I stopped and picked up a couple.  I figured if I HAD the avocados I’d have to make time to make the soap because I wouldn’t waste the avocados.

I’ve never cut an avocado before. That was interesting experience.  My friend told me the best way, which is not how I’d probably have gone about it ha, but her way was definitely less messy and worked like a charm.

I pureed the avocados and then went about making soap as normal.  I discounted some of my water to account for the avocado.  The soap behaved nicely and the end product looks good.  Can’t wait to test the soap in a week or two once it’s finished curing.  I’m sure the avocados added some yummy goodness to the soap, but I don’t expect it to affect the lather or anything else.

Avocado (1)

Will I make soap with avocado and sell it in the future…not sure.  Avocados add an extra expense to the soap, but it was fun to finally play around with some avocado in my soap.

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I put salt on the top of the bar and separating the layers…hence the slight discoloration between the layers and the salt sweats a little in this heat.


Dancing Funnel Technique: Challenge

August 12, 2016

This month’s challenged fascinated me and I knew I’d have a bit of time to actually attempt some soaps with it so I signed up.  The design is cool, my attempts—not so much.

Attempt 1: WAY to liquidy-runny

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They said you needed a really light trace…and that the soap shouldn’t be thick. I did super thin trace and well that was a disaster.  I ended up halfway through stopping the batch I was making going back to my liquids and stick blending them to thicken them up some and then starting a new loaf.  Still wasn’t thick enough and you can see how fluid this batch looks as everything just kind of ran into everything.

Attempt 1a: Left over soap…

2016-08-06 16.38.32I had some left over soap from some embeds I was making for a custom order so I decided to practice the technique some more.  Soap was still to runny though to make the technique work properly.

Attempt 2: *shakes my head* (That is all I can say…)

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I didn’t have any clean skirt bottles so I thought I’d use piping bags…You should have seen the mess I made…hence the head shaking.  This soap was better than the first but still didn’t turn out great.  First off the black got a little too thick and the white was still too runny.  It was not a fun combo to work with.

Attempt 3: Too thick

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After the previous failed attempts at a really like trace soap I finally tried a batch at a medium trace.  That ended up being too thick.  I just couldn’t win.  And oh my the glycerin rivers on this soap!  All I did was wrap it in a blanket to insulate this one and I got this craziness. I swear the fragrance had to affect it somehow because I’ve never quite seen rivers like this, though I do wonder if it could be the TD (different supplier than I normally use).

In the end I really wasn’t happy with any of the soaps.  This method is super time consuming and doesn’t work for my loaf soaps, so it’s not one I’m likely to do again, but I gave it a go!


Your advice?

September 5, 2012

I need your advice.  I screwed up a recipe.

It was originally:

    • Avocado Oil 18.2%
    • Coconut Oil 18.2%
    • Sunflower Oil 27.3%
    • Sweet Almond 27.3%
    • Palm 9.1%

It’s made with Goat’s Milk (in place of water) and fresh pumpkin puree.

Well, I screwed up and instead of adding the coconut I added palm twice.  So the new recipe was:

  • Avocado Oil 18.2%
  • Sunflower Oil 27.3%
  • Sweet Almond 27.3%
  • Palm 27.3%.

Ran it thru the lye calculator and the lye/water is the same as my original recipe.  So it’s not lye heavy and still usable.  My question.  With the extra palm and no coconut how do you think the properties of the bar will be?  It’s super hard and I know I’ll lack some lather…but I think with the other oils in it it shouldn’t be too drying and should still be ok.  Your thoughts.


Soap Challenge #11: Natural Ingredients

June 2, 2012

Last challenge!  I think I might have withdrawals next week when I have nothing new to try!  Anyway, for this challenge I wanted to use seaweed powder…I still plan to make a batch using it, but it didn’t happen for this challenge.  I just ran out of time to get to it by the time it arrive (Thursday later afternoon) here.

What I did do was another sort of landscape soap. I know I’m slightly obsessed.  Actually this one I saw someone else had created a beach scape and I loved it.  It was gorgeous!  I’ve had this fragrance Pineapple-Cilantro for a couple weeks that I’ve wanted to use in a soap but couldn’t come up with a design for the loaf.  When I saw the beach it just screamed perfect fit.  Oh man the soap smells AMAZING and looks pretty cool too.

Okay, on to the natural ingredients.  I used tussah silk in the batch.  Can’t wait to see how this changed the properties of the bar!  And then I experimented with Apricot kernel powder and strawberry seeds to make the sandy beach.  I have to say I was really pleased with the effect.  Wasn’t sure how it would come out but it looks like sand to me!

So, now I have a silky bar that part of it will also act as an exfoliant.  I’m cool with that🙂


Almond Milk

June 1, 2011

The same recipe that called for silk also called for almond milk.  With soap you don’t want to use anything that has sugar or preservatives added to it.  That meant I needed to make my own almond milk.  It was actually a very easy process.

I used 1/2 cup of whole fresh raw almonds.  Soaked them in 1 1/2 cups of distilled water for about an hour and then blended them in the blender.

Almonds soaking in water.

Once they were pretty much pulverized I then dumped them into a strainer.

Nice and mixed!

After getting all the liquid out I was left with a lot of “mush” wish I’d know what I could do with it cause I hated throwing it out.

Draining the milk from the almond mush.

From there what I was left with was pure fresh almond milk, ready to be used in my soap!

And I have almond milk!


Silk!

May 31, 2011

When one of my soap newsletters had a recipe with silk in it I was intrigued!  So of course I had to order some and make it.  It really is actually SILK in the soap.  You dissolve it in water and it adds a silkiness to the soap.

It comes packaged like this and I use only about 1/4 of a cotton ball size of it for a 2lb recipe.

I've torn the silk up into small pieces and added it to the water. I'll mix it up a bit and it'll eventually dissolve.


Foot Balm

May 5, 2011

This was so much fun to make!  And it’s pure heaven on the feet!  What went into the foot balm you ask?  A bunch of luxurious ingredients! That’s what.

Ingredients:  Shea Butter, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Fragrance Oil (optional Dry Flo AF)

Note: This balm is oily and heavy (it’s meant to nourish your feet!).  I’d suggest putting socks on after using this because you will “slide” a bit.  If you don’t like the thick oily feel Dry Flo AF can be added to this recipe to reduce the oily-ness and impart a drier powdery feel.

Dry Flo AF is a modified corn starch.

The balm took a little bit more work to make.  First we had to weight out the solid ingredients then melt them.

Once they were melted we then added the other liquid ingredients.  The cool liquids going into the warm oils creates a cool solid effect.

Once everything was mixed (and melted) all together we added the fragrance oil.  I chose to do the same fragrance as  the foot scrub (White Citrus) but Audry used Vanilla Verbena and I have to say that fragrance is awesome too!  And it pairs with White Citrus REALLY well!  Once the oils are all mixed it’s time to pour it into our container.  I used a nice glass jar.

Then once you let it cool, it’s all ready to use!

I added pretty labels after it cooled to make my scrub and balm look like a set!


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