Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Soap, Soap, Soap

The weather put the kibosh on some of our plans last week, so Claire and I seized the moment to make a couple of batches of soap. 

This was a really fun one.   We tried three new things:

1. A new recipe using  a lot of rice bran oil.
2. Coloring using alkanet.
3. Coloring using charcoal.

Rice bran oil makes great soap.   I highly recommend it.   I love this soap.  We mixed it with coconut oil, canola oil, olive oil and veg shortening.   The canola oil really slows the trace, which was lucky in this case, because we divided the batch.  We finished the pink stuff first, and then decided to add the charcoal to the rest.  And then we decided to add more charcoal, so that stuff almost seized before we got it into the mold.  It turned out really pretty though and it smells fabulous.

To use alkanet to color, we had earlier put a tablespoon of dried alkanet into a pint jar of canola oil.   It colors the oil a deep dark red.    The red turns to a medium blue during the mixing.   The blue turned to light pink during the drying.   Interesting. 

Charcoal is easy to use.  We bought ours ground from Brambleberry.com.   Started with 1/2 tablespoon and wanted it darker, so we added more.    It would probably have been better if we had stirred it in by hand instead of using the stick blender.   Things go really fast with the blender. 


  1. It really looks awesome! Was this a recipe you came up with yourself (the oils, I mean)? I'm going to be sticking with recipes in books for a long time. I'm too distracted right now to play with different oils and proportions and the lye calculator. :)

    1. It's a recipe I had written down from last year. I had run it through a lye calculator and printed it off, so I'm not sure where the idea came from. I had found a great deal on rice bran oil and got a bunch and it needed to be used. Still have a great deal on it through Brambleberry, so I got a bunch more. I'm going to reformulate and when I do, I'll post that recipe.


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