I like to view cold process soapmaking as basically just chemistry made fun. If you prefer, you can do a light recommendation, which is 1.5 ounces. The soap calculator takes these different factors into account and provides the proper ratio of water and lye to complete the chemical reaction necessary. After 24 hours, remove the soap from the mold. 10.2 oz. Set Up Your Area: Before soaping, it’s helpful to have your soaping area prepared before you start. There is no right or wrong way to create a textured top, just have fun with it! This step is completely optional but it’s fun to jazz it up a bit. You will need your fully lined mold, prepared lye water, pre-mixed oils, stick blender, and a spatula. The dropper came with my order, but I couldn’t read the markings on it. The name “Castile” refers to the Castile region of Spain, which is where this type of soap is thought to have originated. , Perfect Pink Stick Blender: https://www.brambleberry.com/Perfect-Pink-Stick-Blender-P5245.aspx. Let me know and we’ll get it figured out. To make sure layers don’t blend together, the bottom layers of soap need to be thicker than the top layers. This soap is still a very thin trace. oz. In order to use them in cold process soap and other projects, they first need to be diluted. NINE: Check the trace of your soap. It has great bubbles. It’s completely normal to be nervous the first time you work with lye, but try not to let it terrify you. Place the tented cardboard on top of the mold, and cover with a blanket to insulate. . Recap the lye and store in a cool, dry environment. Once you’re happy with how the top looks, spray the top with 99% isopropyl alcohol to avoid soda ash. sodium lactate. To help give the soap its thick texture, this project uses Lavender & Cedar Fragrance Oil, which accelerates very slightly. Since each oil is comprised of different fatty acids, they each react with the sodium hydroxide differently. Everyone says theirs is a gray color. lavender essential oil 1/4 tsp. Then, add the color 1 dispersed teaspoon at a time until you get a color you like. Click here for cold process soap making recipe directions. And if you’d rather do some reading, Bramble Berry carries a wide range of books on the topic, including my newest book, Soap Crafting. I have Lavender Fragrance Oil though. Click here to read more about gel phase, and see how gel phase affects LabColors. We like to use droppers! That is a strong recommendation. Use 1 teaspoon of sodium lactate per pound of oils in the recipe. Another 2-lb batch of soap we made: Rosemary-Scented Scrubbing Soap. Thanks!! Slowly and carefully add the lye to the water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Make sure kids, pets, and other distractions and tripping hazards are out of the house or don’t have access to your soaping space. It is EXTREMELY important you understand how to handle sodium hydroxide with caution. There are 4 stages to watch for: For this recipe, I will be mixing in the Lavender essential oil at thin trace. . While lye is used to make soap, once a complete chemical reaction has occurred – known as saponification – there is no remaining lye in the bar of soap. It is best to weigh each oil individually and then combine, as this will avoid any over-pouring. Gelled soap looks slightly more transluscent and shiny than non-gelled soap. I used a wooden skewer to make swirls for this batch. SEVEN: Add the diluted Periwinkle High pH LabColor to each container in the amounts listed below. DO NOT PROCEED WITHOUT SAFETY GEAR! Give the loaf mold a gentle tap on the counter to eliminate any air pockets. sodium lactate. Doing so can cause splatter, lye caking at the bottom of your container and overheating. To help mix in the colorant and fragrance easier, stop once you have reached this point. Use 1 teaspoon of sodium lactate per pound of oils in the recipe. I am wondering if 3 oz is way too much for this recipe. There will always be a need for soap! Was the kit suppose to come with a preservative as well because I read on your website on how to dilute lab colours that I need it. There will be fumes at first! There is no right or wrong way to create a textured top, just have fun with it! The difference between the wet soap (above) and the final soap is extraordinary – but it does depend on the soap going through gel phase (not sure what gel phase is? We love to help. I added a little more and it didn’t get as thick as it should have. Trace is what occurs when raw soap begins to thicken. Always soap in a well-ventilated area. Remove from mold, cut into bars and allow to cure for 4-6 weeks. Simply put: The alkali (sodium hydroxide) and the fatty molecules (oils) combine to make a soap molecule. Cold process soapmaking is such a valuable skill to have. To use them, we recommend mixing at a rate of 1 teaspoon of color to 1 tablespoon of a lightweight oil, like sweet almond oil. I also recommend reviewing the first blog post in this series, which is all about how to handle lye safely. I ended up using 3 droppers, 2 droppers, and 1 dropper of the Periwinkle (diluted) for the 3 layers. If you’ve never made Cold Process soap before, stop here! You can also checkout the digital downloads for that instant gratification factor. To learn more about trace, check out the All About the Trace blog post. Check out this blog post to learn more about LabColors and gel phase. Should I use the titanium dioxide pigment first, then add purple? I can be found on Facebook at Yellow Cottage SoaperyThanks for watching!Royalty Free Music by Kevin Macleod Different Variations Of Soap Recipe. Can you please shed some light on how saponification may or may not change the chemical structure of oils, whether fragrance or essential oils, to make them safer (or in the case of essential oils, to nullify the beneficial qualities)? Any skin-safe fragrance will work. SAFETY FIRST: Suit up for safe handling practices! can i use electric hand mixture instead of stick blender? For clay, we recommend mixing at a rate of 1 teaspoon of clay to 1 tablespoon of distilled water. Any thoughts on this. SAFETY FIRST: Suit up for safe handling practices! of Lavender and Cedar Fragrance Oil in 50 ounces of cold process soap and it is the correct amount! Get the recipe for Orange Vanilla Cinnamon Soap in my post on cold-process soap making. To avoid mashing the textured top, we created a cover out of cardboard, shaped like a tent. Gel phase refers to the part of the saponification process where the soap gets warm and gelatinous. Once the mixture is completely mixed into the soap, split the soap into three equal containers (it’s okay to eyeball it!) Now the waiting game begins. I just made this today (almost as soon as it came in the door)! I usually don’t let my goats milk soap go through gel so I was unsure if this could be changed. Sodium Hydroxide Lye Temperature plays a key role in cold process soapmaking so you’ll want your lye water and oils to be within 10° of each other. Add the diluted Periwinkle High pH LabColor to each container in the amounts listed below. Don’t worry! FIFTEEN: This soap needs to go through gel phase in order to make the colors really pop. Set aside. thank you for checking. Also, oxides are another great option for a lovely purple color. Sweet Almond Oil8.00 oz. Learn more about working with milk in cold process soap here: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/how-to-add-lye-to-milk-for-cold-process-soap/. half-n-half 1/4 fl. Make sure you follow their instructions as each one works a little differently. and also if i have clay and pigments and colorants? *To infuse the olive oil, put 500 grams of olive oil with 250 grams (.5 lb) of sage in the crockpot for 3 hours on low. It also has a weird smell. While soaping, you don’t want to be running around looking for a spatula or whisk! The alternative method, hot process soap, follows the same guidelines except the recipe continues to fully cook (cure) the soap in a heated crock pot. I prefer to measure my solid oils/butters separately as I find it helps with accuracy and minimizing mess. What labcolor would you suggest and what scent? Lavender helps relax little ones after a long day. If you are familiar with soap making, you know that different oils have different properties that they bring a bar of soap… If you aren’t already wearing your personal protective equipment, now is the time to suit up. of Lavender & Cedar Fragrance Oil, and use a whisk to thoroughly stir in. This is exactly what happens during the curing process. Use a spatula to remove any residual soap in the container – we don’t want any waste! Place the tented cardboard on top of the mold, and cover with a blanket to insulate. still learning a lot. Remove from mold, cut into bars and allow to cure for 4-6 weeks. This lavender soap recipe makes about 2 pounds of soap which will produce about 6-7 bars of natural soap. of lye and 11 oz. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)1 oz. I love this company! You will immediately see the lye and oils begin to come together, and begin to create a creamy yellow color. A gentle baby soap recipe using nourishing oils and shea butter. You can even formulate recipes for laundry soap or shampoo bars with this method. Overuse of lye will produce a bar of soap that zaps and is irritating to the skin. In order to make the layers in this project, the soap needs to be a medium to thick trace. You will immediately see the lye and oils begin to come together, and begin to create a creamy yellow color. Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil, Heat Safe ContainersCutting Board90% Rubbing AlcoholDigital ScaleThermometerStick/Immersion BlenderGlovesEye ProtectionLong sleevesA child and pet-free work space. Each container will hold about 2 cups of soap. I made the soap! This is the soap-making method I would recommend to beginners or those looking for a simple project. Instead, you can use pigments! Making the lye solution with oat milk doesn’t work. It makes a moisturizing yet cleansing bar with tons of lather. Thanks! In an airy place, outdoors is best, pour … Click here to add everything you need for this project to your Bramble Berry shopping cart! Use a whisk to mix in the LabColor. Unless stated otherwise, all images are original material and are copyrighted. I chose the oils in this recipe because they are affordable and have some wonderful skin-loving properties. I noticed mine was more of a pink color! Allow the soap to remain in the mold for 3-4 days. Later, this soap will be stick blended further for a thicker texture. Crisp Cotton is a fresh scent with notes of orange, violet, and thyme: https://www.brambleberry.com/Crisp-Cotton-Fragrance-Oil-P6192.aspx, Neroli and Shea is another option, it has notes of citrus and amber for an overall clean scent: https://www.brambleberry.com/Neroli-Shea-Blossom-Fragrance-Oil-P5864.aspx. palm oil 1.25 oz. Once the soap fully saponifies and goes through gel phase, the grey will transform into purple. Today is the third tutorial in the Back to Basics Cold Process Series. I am going to try the lighter scent with my next attempt. Store the soap in a safe place that is out of reach of children and pets. Not sure that I’m wild about the mounded top of this soap…I may play with other techniques instead on future batches. My favorite thing about making cold process soap is that I get to control each and every ingredient that goes into the bar. This Lavender 40/42 essential oil is standardized to ensure consistency from batch to batch and it is perfect for soapmaking and other bath & body products. By the time the soap is in the mold, it will have thickened up a bit more. Soapmaking allows you to craft something practical that is definitely not going out of style any time soon. It surpasses melt and pour as my favorite method of soapmaking for a number of reasons. As you can see, the lye water heads up relatively quick, reaching temperatures of up to 200° F in some cases. I hope I added the colorant right. Perfect for test batches.) That’s exciting, so glad you got a chance to try this recipe out! Since the soap is still soft at this point, the freezer helps make unmolding a breeze. If you’d like a harder bar of soap that releases faster from the mold, you can add sodium lactate to the cooled lye water. Other than that it was super easy to make! Depending on your climate, you may need to help the soap heat up with a heating pad. Could this be a mistake on my part? of essential oil so I didn’t have to interrupt my work flow to do a new measurement. Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130 degrees or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until you reach a light trace. Now, we are ready to work with color, thick trace and gel phase! For this project, the small Periwinkle High pH LabColor needs to be diluted in 4 oz. 5.1 oz Canola Oil (15%) This recipe makes about 2 pounds of soap which will produce about 6-7 bars of soap. I enjoy melt and pour for quickly making fun, decorative soaps. It came with Perriwinkle Lab Color. , Learn more about what fragrances are made of and how they work in soap here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHvuWaClMz0&t=1s, Essential oils: https://www.brambleberry.com/Essential-Oils-C157.aspx, Find out how much to add with our Fragrance Calculator: https://www.brambleberry.com/Pages/Fragrance-Calculator.aspx, I want to use the 5lb wooden loaf mold with the slide out bottom…I see it holds 72oz. Sorry about any confusion. The mixture will still be pourable and this is a good time to get it into the, Thick trace – a custard-like consistency. Allow the soap to remain in the mold for 3-4 days. Could you suggest me a substitute for that? So glad your soap turned out well Marcie! Cold process has so many different techniques to learn and we look forward to sharing these with you in the coming months. Measure 12.16 oz. You can, but emulsifying the soap with a hand mixer can take several hours, probably at least two. Once bubbles no longer rise to the surface of the oils, gentle pour the cooled lye water down the shaft of the stick blender and into the oils. Distilled Water4.79 oz. 5: To the large container, add all of the dispersed activated charcoal and whisk in. Feel free to share, tweet and pin to your hearts content. I will try it and update! Gently tap the blender on the bottom of the bowl several times to release any bubbles that got trapped by the stick blender head. Don’t forget to add a preservative! Don’t worry! You may want to substitute the color in the recipe. If you are an experienced soapmaker, what piece of advice would you offer to a beginner? Each container will hold about 2 cups of soap. Lavender & Cedar Fragrance Oil. Wait until all oils are completely melted and transparent. I finally found a small spray bottle and filled it with my 70% alcohol; I sprayed the tops after the fact, after I could see soda ash on the soap…and it gave the soap a really shiny surface and took care of the ash (I think!). It’s a fantastic option for making soap for sensitive or dry skin. If you are reading this blog post, chances are you have already heard of or have used cold process soap. Enjoy. Finally, sprinkle the soap with the lavender flowers. You can find those at a department store like Target, at a second-hand store like Goodwill, online and on BrambleBerry.com. You’re very welcome Malissa! The only ingredient you need to buy separately is lye, and any tools you may need. If you have never diluted Lab Colors before, check out this blog post. The first step you need to take is to clear yourself a work area with a generous amount of space. . That means goggles, gloves and long sleeves. It adds a great creaminess to the soap. Diluted Periwinkle High pH LabColor (small). Finally, spoon the lightest color of soap into the mold. Make sure kids, pets, and other distractions and tripping hazards are out of the house or don’t have access to your soaping space. freesia fragrance oil. distilled water. I have a question about the Labcolors…how do you measure the colorant in ml? This is why it is so important to accurately measure your ingredients. Optiphen: https://www.brambleberry.com/Optiphen-P3682.aspx, Sodium hydroxide lye: https://www.brambleberry.com/Sodium-Hydroxide-Lye-P3037.aspx, Learn more about diluting your LabColors here: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/diluting-bramble-berry-labcolors/, Back to Basics Soapmaking Kit: https://www.brambleberry.com/Back-To-Basics-Soapmaking-Kit-P6301.aspx. Safety first! THIRTEEN: Finally, spoon the lightest color of soap into the mold. Use a spoon to spread the soap throughout the mold and create subtle texture within the layer. At this point you are better off trying to scoop your soap into the. Gently tap the blender on the bottom of the bowl several times to release any bubbles that got trapped by the stick blender head. Cutting the soap while it’s still cold is a good idea. You can find those measurements here: https://www.brambleberry.com/Lots-of-Lather-Quick-Mix-P5524.aspx, Also, you can use clay and pigments to color this soap! FRAGRANCE PREP: In a glass, fragrance safe container, measure 3 oz. , This post talks more about how to color your soap: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/talk-it-out-tuesday-colorants/. Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe Author: admin Published Date: October 16, 2018 2 Comments on Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe. Set aside to cool. This recipe yields approximately 10 x 1″ bars of soap. Basic layers are a fantastic design option for the beginner soaper. Allow to remain under the cardboard and blanket for 24 hours. Lovely scent just way too strong. I rely on SoapCalc.net but there are several great calculators online. For this project, the small Periwinkle High pH LabColor needs to be diluted in 4 oz. Thanks so much for your order! The color used in the recipe will be turned into soap, which has a pH level that doesn’t allow mold to grow. I recommend using the Super variety of Lavender buds which are known for their vibrant purple color. Always soap in a well-ventilated area. Turn the heating pad on medium/high, and place the soap on top. Then, with a knife, slice the bars. Thank you! If your soap is still fairly liquid, stick blend each container for several seconds to thicken. , See how to prepare those colorants in this video: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/learn-prepare-colorants-cold-process-soap-making/, This post has more tips on coloring soap as well: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/talk-it-out-tuesday-colorants/, We have a gorgeous Ultramarine Violet pigment that would look great in this recipe: https://www.brambleberry.com/Ultramarine-Violet-Oxide-Pigment-P4047.aspx, We also have some new colorants that work well in cold process soap! 279 shares. , Read more about preservatives here: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/lotion/talk-it-out-tuesday-preservatives/, […] Layered Lavender Soap recipe and photo by Soap Queen. After about 20-30 seconds, test for trace. someone else posted this suggestion to your Facebook post, Your email address will not be published. Melt and Pour Homemade Soap Recipes. Let us know in the comments below! Every oil brings its own properties to a bar of soap, and finding the perfect soap recipe … I think the ‘cold’ from ‘cold process’ comes from the fact that you aren’t curing the soap in heat. If you soap at too high of a temperature, your soap will be prone to overheating which can cause the soap to crack down the middle and expand out of the mold. ELEVEN: Use a spoon to gently place the medium purple (gray) color onto the bottom.