I am here to share my recent adventure in the world of soap making. Today I made CP soap. For those of you that are new at this, CP means cold process. This is soaping without adding any additional heat.
I made this soap by creating my own recipe using the soapcalc. This wonderful soaping tool was able to help me find ingredients and exact percentages for my homemade soaping recipe. All of this information assisted me in producing my latest project.
For this soap cleverly named “Argan Soap”, I used Mango butter, Avocado oil, Coconut oil 76, Argan oil, and Sunflower oil. To add a vibrant and tropical look to my soap, I selected Fun Colorants: Neon orange and Neon blue. I thought that these colors would look nice in combination with white. So, I decided to also use titanium dioxide to get a nice bright white soap color. I really felt that these colors captured the tone of the scent Kulu Bay, which I was using to fragrance my soap.
Due to the fact that I am SO over winter (clearing throat); I decided to try a soap with a summery feel. Sorry, was venting (smiley face). Also, I was going to try something new with this soap recipe. For my very first time, I was doing the “in the pot swirl” technique using 3 colors. I do have to say, I was beyond excited to get this going since I created this soap from beginning to end all by myself.
That is the moment I quickly became aware that I was DOING THIS BY MYSELF….Oh boy I thought. No supervision, no guidance, nobody standing next to me for support, only my directions.
Ok, so, after getting all of my supplies, I put on my safety gear and began the first step. Lye and water. I want to caution any new soapers reading this: Please remember to wear your gloves, mask, and safety glasses when handling the Lye and lye solution. It is also just as important to have vinegar by your side (as your best friend) throughout your whole soaping process. Vinegar is used in case the Lye or soap batter gets on your skin.
Once I melted all of my oils and butter, I waited for my Lye solution and oils to reach their desired temperature. I then proceeded to put it all together and stick blended quickly to emulsification.
Being it was an in the pot swirl soap, I did have to put some of my soap batter into 2 smaller bowls and mix my colors really good. That way I was ready to accomplish the swirl.
Moving quickly, I “plopped” globs of the orange and blue soap batter into the white batter. I did this until it was all gone. And, let me just tell you how fast you have to move to color, mix, and plop when using more than one color…holy cow! You need to fly! At this point, I was wondering why I used 3 colors….what was I thinking? Creativity, that’s what! Now not all recipes will do this, but it seems the one I chose was just that…FAST!
I did however get everything together and really enjoyed seeing my white, neon blue, and neon orange soap come together as I “swirled” around and through my colors. After using my spatula to make this pretty cool design, I poured it into my silicone mold. But, I poured it slowly back and forth from end to end. I was mesmerized at how cool the colors were as they moved about inside the mold.
After the soap in the mold had set up enough, I used the remaining batter to get an awesome heaping loaf of soap. When I was done, I was happy with what I created. A little stressed but only because I wanted it to be perfect. I strive for perfection and unfortunately for me, I will fail at this (and have) a few times before I perfect it. I am glad that I will fail however, only because it will make me a better soaper. This is how you will learn, right?
When I tell my friends what I do here at Natures Garden, they are like, “wow, that sounds like so much fun”, and it is, creating and making your own stuff, heck ya! Sometimes these recipes may seem a bit intimidating, but, be aware of your ingredients, and know their personalities and how they work together. We have “fool” proof instructions, we HAVE failed too. This is the best ways to become experts on what works. When it comes to the free recipes that Natures Garden provides, what we present to you, is easily understood with virtually no guess work needed.
If you would like to see the full Argan Soap Recipe, please click on this link.
In closing, I can still say, it was a lot of fun making this soap; even if I did stress myself out.
We kids, until my next adventure, have a FABULOUS day!