Wednesday, April 28, 2010


This is salt soap! I read at NAKIN blog about making salt soap with only 30% coconut oil. I didn't dare to go that low so I used 50% coconut oil.  I wanted to try non-scented and non-coloured soap so I used 20% beeswax and French clay. The scent is very delicate. I think it smells like summer.

I made a little miscalculation and accidentally used 50% liquid as percent of oil weight, oops... Thanks to my mistake, I had no trouble with cutting the soap this time! I cut about 40 minutes after the soap had gelled. I used for the first time my new silicone log mold that I bought on eBay and I am quite happy with it.

I made this yesterday so I can't yet say if it's good or not. I tried it a little, just enough to know that at least it is sudsy.

200g Coconut oil
120g Canola oil
80g Beeswax
200g fine sea salt
100ml water
100ml coconut cream
49g NaOH (= 15% super fat)
2 tsp French Clay

Cold process

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


WOW! What a sudsy soap. I think I have found my new favourite oil, sesame!

Some time ago in Finland we had stevedores' strike and as the result the stores ran out of olive oil (except the really expensive ones of course). I had a compelling urge to make some soap so I had to choose from a very limited selection of oils. I picked up a sesame oil made of roasted sesame seeds. The oil was deep dark brown and I was intrigued how it would behave in soaping.

Well, it was not easy. While I was stickblending it happened several times that I had trace which soon dissolved. I stickblended more, had a trace and again it dissolved. After some pretty serious stickblending I had a trace which I considered not to be false. I put the pot in the oven and everything seemed to go on just fine. I kept checking it about every 5 minutes. Suddenly after 30 minutes the soap appeared to be completely separated! I took it out of the oven and stirred slowly by hand and after a while managed to get it together again. Still, the soap was worth all the trouble.

40 % Sesame oil
26% Coconut oil
17% Canola oil
17% Cocoa Butter

10% Super Fat
30% water as percent of oil weight
8% coconut milk as percent of oil weight (added after the cook)

Oven hot process

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I wanted to explore what coconut milk would be like in salt soap. This is the same recipe as The Pink Vanilla Salt Bar except that I substituted half of the water with coconut milk. I also wanted to see how the coconut milk would affect the color of the soap so I didn't use any clay in this.

I've had trouble cutting my salt bars so I planned to pour the soap into silicone molds. But again, I was too slow. The soap got really thick so I didn't get the molds completely filled even though I tried to force the soap into the mold. You can see it in the picture.

The color came out really nice pure white. However, the lather is really weird. It is really really dense and sort of chunky. However, it has not cured enough yet. I think I'll wait a month or so and then decide if I'm going to use coconut milk in my salt bars or not.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


This is my first experiment with embedded soap. I cut thin sticks of the True Princess Shower Bar and embedded them into a cold process soap. The pink color is from rose clay. I didn't have tweezers or anything to pick up the sticks so I ended up having raw soap inside my gloves which made me swear that I'd never make another soap again. But I think the result was worth all the trouble!

The recipe for this soap has cocoa butter, olive oil, canola and shea butter. The texture is really nice but it produced an unbelievable amount of ash! So I don't give any percentages because there is no point for anyone to replicate this recipe.

As liquids, I used 67% coconut milk and 33% water. First, I combined the liquids and then added 1tsp of sugar per pound of oil. Then I put the bucket into ice and kept the temperature at 20 C degrees or below while adding the lye. It took 75 minutes to mix all the lye into the liquids without the temperature raising too much! At least, I didn't scorch the sugar and milk. The soap is really sudsy and lathers like crazy!

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Coconut oil 40%
Canola oil (rapeseed) 30%
Beeswax 20%
Cocoa Butter 10%

38% water as percentage of oil weight
20% Super Fat

Oven hot process

Beeswax soap is one of my favourites. Among other beneficial qualities it is healing, soothing and moisturizing. Beeswax gives soap a nice colour and a delightful honey scent. When my skin gets really irritated, this soap soothens it very quickly. Note that this recipe contains a larger quantity of beeswax than most of the beeswax soap recipes you can find online. This soap does feel sticky at first, but if you give it enough time to cure it will be lovely.