We switched things up and tried clear soap instead of white soap. On the left, you can see our little blocks of melt and pour, all chopped up and ready to melt.
Once the soap was melted, we put it in the blender with either a 10% Sweet Almond Oil addition rate or a 25% Sweet Almond Oil Addition Rate. Interestingly enough, we ended up whipping so many air bubbles into the soap that it went opaque anyways. The soap on the left (clear with oil floating on top) is what it looked like before we whipped up the batch into a frothy confection of soapy goodness. The pink batch on the right is the clear soap, with lots of air bubbles, oil and a bit of Fuscia pink coloring to make it pretty.
My Father emailed last night with concerns your blenders. Specifically, he was worried I was leading you astray and into a life of soaped-up, dirty blenders. Some tips for cleaning your blender out:
1. Super duper hot water – right after you pour your soap, run over to the sink and douse the blender with very hot water. The hot water will wash the soap right out. Cold water will cause the soap to set up like glue; only use super hot, as-hot-as-you-can-get-it water.
2. If that doesn’t do the trick, just take the blender over to the base, pop it on and turn it on. Don’t forget the lid!
Between the hot water and the vortex of whirring, the blender is easy to clean.
We poured some of our creations into jars (hoping for a creamy consistency) and some into molds (thinking the molds would never set up).
Surprise of surprise! The soap got hard, even with the full 25% addition of oil, and the bar soaps are easier to use than the jar soap.
The soap, as expected, lathers um, yeah … it doesn’t lather. But it is a creamy wonderful cleansing bar that leaves the skin soft, very supple and not feeling stripped. Yesterday’s Lotion soap and today’s Oil soap remind me of Lush’s Buttercreams. They don’t lather so much as they glide smoothly over skin, cleansing in a subtle but effective way and leaving the skin feeling dewy.
Check back tomorrow for the final Cream Soap experiment recipe.
Let me know if you do end up making the soap – I’ll do the 3rd recipe experiment post today and the recipes break down tomorrow.
This looks like a great easy soap.
I might have to look into making some.
Thanks for sharing your experiments with us.
Yet another project I need to try… thanks bunches Anne-Marie!
BTW, how did the batch with the lotion turn out? Are you going to try a batch using butters instead of oil? (Hrm…now I’ve got to try it with coffee butter!)