Adventures in Soap Making – My 1st Batch

Last week I (finally) decided to give soap-making a try. I had purchased the ingredients quite some time ago (last year) and had just about run out of my store-bought bars.

I started with a cold-process recipe but since I’m admittedly not great with conforming following directions, I turned it into a hot-process soap instead, enabling me to utilize it immediately – as in the NEXT day!

Cold process soap enables you to create pretty bars with swirls, various colours and textures, etc, but then there’s the 4-6 week waiting process for the saponification to be complete, and I’m not good always good with patience, so ——-

Saponification: The chemical process of combining fats and oils with lye, aka sodium hydroxide (for hard bars), and potassium hydroxide (for soft and liquid) soaps. Hot-process soap making expedites the saponification process, nullifying the ‘zap’ factor that can occur if your soap hasn’t had the proper amount of time to cure. Cold-process soaps require the lengthy ‘curing’ time.

What is lye? ⬅ (click link for more info)

Because I altered this cold-process recipe, and turned it into a hot-process, this was completely experimental. I didn’t have the instructions for hot-process soap in front of me, so I winged it — but it turned out pretty good despite my shortcomings.

The best part of all is that after less than 24 hrs in the mold, this soap was ready for cutting, and usage!! It is fairly hard already, but will continue to harden with the passage of time.

The finished bar —

3 Ingredient Bastille Soap:
Lye Solution
*142 grams distilled water
*119 grams sodium hydroxide
Base Oils (900 grams)
*90 grams (10%) 76-degree coconut oil
*810 grams (90%) olive oil

It has a nice lather due to the inclusion of coconut oil to the olive oil base, — and leaves our skin feeling silky, and nourished. I look forward to my next batch, with the addition of clay perhaps?!

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