Today I made soap. Kinda fail

22 Jun

Happy father’s day soap!

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The soap turned out nicely, but the molding and un-molding process didnt turn out so well. The soap is a bit soft, and has a lot of air bubbles. My leading theories are:

  1. First time making soap = lack of experience in pushing soap into molds.
  2. Too much water in lye solution (softness + air bubbles)
  3. Too much super fatting oil (softness).
  4. Stirring to quickly. (air bubbles) It’s Castile mind you! 50% EVOO, so I used my stick blender for what its worth.
  5. Overheating (SWAG air bubbles). Hot process soap isnt supposed to be temperature sensitive, but i kept it in the crock pot after the gelling stage. I dont smell the essential oil so much so I think it overheated or at least went past my essential oils flash point.

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Some of the itsy bitsy ones are fine. And they dont look so bad, but are definately not sale worthy. It has a little lather, washes me squeaky clean, but not drying. I like how it doesnt leave that dryness hand soaps usually do. This formula isn’t “to die for” so i will keep trying until I get just the way I like it.

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Full bar

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Half bar

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Mini heart

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Image by cyferREDrose via Flickr

*My soap came out a bit crumbly, direct pressure on the thinner bars makes it loose a bit of shape and the edges are crumbly so I’m putting this here to get feedback.

Base oils

Lye mixture


    • 1 Tbsp White kaolin clay (cleansing)
    • 4 oz Jojoba oil (super fatting)
    • 20 drops Grapefruit extract (antibacterial)
    • 17 drops Sandalwood essential oil
    • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
    • 5 drops bergamot essential oil
    • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

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Soapmakers, did I do something wrong?
  • Update I read a trouble shooting guide. I double checked the formula I made and the proportions were fine. Apparently something went wrong with the saponification process. I didn’t heat it long enough. I was worried about burning it and  ended up undercooking it ha!
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3 Responses to “Today I made soap. Kinda fail”

  1. jojonicdao August 1, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    would you be interested in honey and beeswax for your soap-making? contact me for a good supply!

    • cyferREDrose August 2, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      Yes actually, thats why i asked you on G+. But I’m interested in the wax for herbal balms (i know a couple people with eczema/skin asthma i’d like to make a balm for), to add hardness to a deodorant formula im working on, and of course lotions.
      Do you keep your bees organically?
      And is it white or yellow wax?


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