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Aug
14

Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Recipe


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Gin Martini Cold Process Soap RecipeGin Martini Cold Process Soap Recipe

If you would like to learn how to make soap with champagne, then check out the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Recipe from Natures Garden! Not only can use alcohol in soap making, but you can learn a method of how to swirl soap in a loaf mold. As always with our soap making recipes, this soaping instruction will include quality soap making ingredients and a fantastic fragrance oil. So, you can enjoy fun soap making designs and the cold process soap benefits we all know and love!

Natures Garden Ingredients for the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap

Lye
Apricot Kernel Oil
Avocado Oil
Mango Butter
Palm Oil
Olive Oil
Coconut Oil 76
Gin Martini Fragrance Oil
Titanium Dioxide
Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant
Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant
Safety Glasses
Thermometer
Safety Mask
Natures Garden Apron
Safety Gloves

Other Ingredients Needed for the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap

Scale
Distilled Water
Champagne
Mixing Bowls
Rubber Spatula
Stick Blender
Wooden Skewer

Weights for the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap

129 grams of the Distilled Water
129 grams of the Champagne
94 grams of the Lye- Sodium Hydroxide

68 grams of the Apricot Kernel Oil
68 grams of the Avocado Oil
136 grams of the Mango Butter
136 grams of the Palm Oil
136 grams of the Olive Oil
136 grams of the Coconut Oil 76
51 grams of the Gin Martini Fragrance Oil

Weights for the White Gin Martini Soap Colorant

12 grams of the Titanium Dioxide
(mixed with a small amount of your soaping oils)

Weights for the Green Gin Martini Soap Colorant

10 grams of the Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant
3 grams of the Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant
1 gram of the Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Clean and Sanitize for the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Tutorial

Prior to working on this homemade soap recipe, you will want to clean and sanitize for the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Tutorial. First, you are going to want to gather all of your soap making ingredients that are listed for this cold process soap recipe. Also, you will want to clear a workspace to give yourself more space to work. You will want to make sure you have enough room to create one of your small batch cold process soap recipes. Also, you will want to prepare a spray bottle of vinegar that you can use during the soap making process.

Boiling Champagne for the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Recipe

Also, you are going to want to boil the champagne for the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Recipe. So, you will want to place your champagne into the stovetop pot. Then, use your stove to boil the champagne for about 30 to 40 minutes. Also, you will need to stir your champagne periodically as it boils. After you have boiled your alcohol, you will need to carefully pour the champagne into some ice cube freezer trays. Then, you will place these trays in the freezer overnight. When you are ready to make your cp soap you will use the frozen champagne in place of half of the water portion that should be in the lye solution.

Choosing the Champagne for the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap

When you are choosing the champagne for the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap you will want to use a champagne with a lower sugar content. If you are using a champagne that is high in sugar, then it will speed up gel. The extra sugar will increase the chance that your soap batter will bubble up and out of your soap mold. So, you may want to prepare for this possibility by taking the proper precautions for safeguarding any surface that you have your soap mold on.

Create the Lye Solution for the Gin Martini Soap RecipeCreate the Lye Solution for the Gin Martini Soap Recipe

First, you are going to want to create the lye solution for the Gin Martini Soap Recipe. Before you can mix this solution together, you will need to weigh out the lye and the water/champagne mixture separately. So, you will want to add  129 grams of the distilled water and 129 grams of your champagne to a mixing bowl. Then, you will want to get another container to weigh out 94 grams of the lye. After, you are going to need to slowly add the lye to your water and champagne mixture as you gently stir. Once all of these soaping ingredients have been mixed together, you will want to set the lye solution in a safe place to cool to room temperature.

Cosmetic Oils for This Cold Process Soap RecipePrepare the Cosmetic Oils for Your Cold Process Soap

Next, you are going to prepare the cosmetic oils for your cold process soap. So, you are going to weigh 68 grams of Apricot Kernel Oil, 68 grams of Avocado Oil, 136 grams of Mango Butter, 136 grams of Palm Oil, 136 grams of Olive Oil, and
136 grams of Coconut Oil 76. Then, melt your soaping oils. Then, you will want to set this bowl aside and give it time to cool down. You are going to want this mixture to reach room temperature.

Prepare the White Soap Colorant for the CP Soap Prepare the White Soap Colorant for the CP Soap

While you are waiting for your soap making ingredients to cool, you can prepare the white soap colorant for the cp soap. So, you will need to measure out 12 grams of Titanium Dioxide into a small bowl. Then, you will need to add a small amount of your melted cosmetic oils to the same bowl. You will want to mix the colorant and soaping oils together well before setting the mixture aside for a later step.

Combine the Lye and Cosmetic Oils for the Soap RecipeCombine the Lye and Cosmetic Oils for the Soap Recipe

Once your oils and lye solution have reached the right temperature, you will need to combine the lye and cosmetic oils for the soap recipe. You will want to add the lye solution to your melted soaping oils. Then, you can use a stick blender to mix these soap making ingredients together.

Soap Scent to the Gin Martini Cold Process SoapSoap Scent to the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap

After mixing up the soap batter, you are ready to add the soap scent to the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap. So, you will need to weigh out 51 grams of the Gin Martini Fragrance Oil. Then, you will want to add it to your soap and use a stick blender to fully incorporate the fragrance. This scented oil will provide your cp soap with aldehydic top notes of club soda with warm citrus enhancements. These bubbly notes are followed by middle notes of fresh rosemary, balsam fir needles, and crushed ginger. Finally, these scents are all embraced by a bottom note of crisp cedar. The aroma of this soap fragrance oil blends with the aroma from using alcohol in soap making to create a fantastic champagne soap recipe!

Divide the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap BatterDivide the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Batter

Next, you are going to need to divide the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap batter into two portions. Each of these portions will be used to create a different color. You will want to add approximately half of your soap batter to another mixing bowl. Once you have two equal portions, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Create the White Colored Gin Martini Cold Process Soap PortionCreate the White Colored Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Portion

Now, you need to grab one of your two portions of soap batter. You will use this half of the batter to create the white portion Gin Martini Cold Process Soap. So, you can add the titanium dioxide mixture to your soap portion. Then, you will want to incorporate the colorant with a stick blender. You can set the white soap batter aside for the moment.

Create the Green Colored Gin Martini Cold Process Soap PortionCreate the Green Colored Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Portion

Next, you are going to want to grab the other portion of your soap batter. This will be used to create the green colored Gin Martini Cold Process Soap portion. So, you are going to need to use 10 grams of the Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant, 3 grams of the Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant, and 1 gram of the Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant. Once you have added all of your soap colorants to this potion, you will need to use the stick blender to mix it all together.

Combining the Soap Colors for the Gin Martini Soap RecipeCombining the Soap Colors for the Gin Martini Soap Recipe

Once both your colorants have been created, you are going to be combining the soap colorants for the Gin Martini Soap Recipe. You are going to need to pour small amounts of the green soap batter into the white soap batter. Be sure to add these small portions in different places throughout the bowl. You will want to continue to add these portions until you run out of the green soap batter.

Swirling the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap RecipeSwirling the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Recipe

Now that your colored soaps are combined, you are going to be swirling the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Recipe. So, you will want to take a rubber spatula and swirl using a circular motion. You can move on to the next step once you are happy with the swirls in your soap batter.

Pouring the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Pouring the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap

After you are happy with the swirls in your bowl of soap batter, you are going to be pouring the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap. So, you will want to set up your loaf soap mold. Then, slowly pour the soap swirl designs into your wholesale soap mold. 

Swirl the Top of the Gin Martini CP Soap Swirl the Top of the Gin Martini CP Soap

After pouring your homemade soap, you are ready to swirl the top of the Gin Martini CP Soap. So, you will need to get the wooden skewer. Then, you will drag this skewer along the top of your soap in circular motions. This will give the top of your soap a nice finishing touch to your soap loaf.

Remove the Gin Martini Soap From the MoldRemove the Gin Martini Soap From the Mold

Once your cold process soap has completely set up, you are ready to remove the Gin Martini Soap from the mold. It should take your soap about 24 to 48 hours in the soap mold before the soap hardens enough to remove it from the mold. When it is hard enough, your soap loaf can be removed from the mold.

Cutting the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap RecipeCutting the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap

Now that your soap is completely set up, you can begin cutting the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap. After slicing your soap into individual bars, you are going to need to set your soap somewhere safe to cure. The curing process can take anywhere for 4 to 6 weeks for enough of the soap lye to finish reacting.

Use the Finished Gin Martini Cold Process Soap RecipeUse the Finished Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Recipe

Once your swirl soap has finished curing, you are finally able to use the finished Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Recipe. At this point, you can use and enjoy the benefits of handmade cold process soap for your skin. Of course, you can use wholesale soap packaging supplies to save your bars for later use or

Mix Your Own Gin Martini

If you enjoy the aroma of our Gin Martini Fragrance Oil, then you may want to learn how to mix your own Gin Martini. This classic drink is simple and fast to create, so you will be ready for you to enjoy it in no time at all! Plus, it is sure to pair perfectly with the aroma of this nourishing batch of soap. So, check out the Perfect Gin Martini from Chow Hound.

Questions About This Cold Process Soap RecipeQuestions About This Cold Process Soap Recipe

We hope that you had fun creating the Gin Martini Cold Process Soap Recipe. If you have any questions about this cold process soap recipe, then you can reach out to us. As always, you can contact us over the phone on our HUG line, in the NG store, and on social media. First, we are available on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use the handle @ngscents to reach us on Instagram and Twitter. Not only can you use these social media platforms to ask us questions about this boozy soap recipe, but you can share your own homemade soap ideas, too!

Aug
13

Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe


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Tuscan Wine CP Soap RecipeTuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe

If you are looking for soap making ideas, then you may want to try out this elegant wine soap recipe from Natures Garden. The Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe uses wholesale soap making supplies that allow you to create cold process soap that is moisturizing and elegant. Of course, the soap making supplies, like soaping oils and butters, are perfect for nourishing skin care as the soap cleans your body. Furthermore, the elegant scent of our Tuscan Wine Fragrance Oil blends perfectly with the true notes of real, red wine. So, you can use this bath and body recipe to create fantastic cp soap bars using wine.

Natures Garden Ingredients for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe

Lye
Rice Bran Oil
Sunflower Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Sesame Seed Oil
Castor Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Mango Butter
Tuscan Wine Fragrance Oil
Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
Deep Purple FUN Soap Colorant
Kelly Green Fun Soap Colorant
Spirulina Powder
Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap
Safety Glasses for Soap Making
Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety GLOVES for Soap Making- 1 pair
Cutter for Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety MASK for Soap Making- 2 count
Thermometer

Other Ingredients for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe

Scale
Water
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Stick Blender
Wine
Mini Bunch of Grapes Soap & Candle Mold (www.flexiblemolds.com)

Weights for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap

129 grams of Water
129 grams of Frozen Wine
98 grams of Lye

121 grams of Rice Bran Oil
68 grams of Sunflower Oil
13 grams of Castor Oil
68 grams of Macadamia Nut Oil
5 grams of Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant
68 grams of Sesame Oil
122 grams of Fractionated Coconut Oil
217 grams of Mango Butter
51 grams of Tuscan Wine Fragrance Oil
6 grams of Spirulina Powder

Weights for the MP Soap Grapes

132 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap
8 grams of Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
7 grams of Tuscan Wine Fragrance Oil
8 grams of Deep Purple FUN Soap Colorant

Clean and Sanitize for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe

Before you begin making your homemade soap, you are going to want to clean and sanitize for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe. First, you are going to want to collect all of your soap making supplies that are listed for this bath and body recipe. Additionally, you are going to want to clean off a work space to allow yourself the space that you would need to make cold process soap recipes with lye. Also, you will want to prepare a spray bottle of vinegar as well as a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Then, set both of these bottles aside for when you need them later on.

Boil the Wine for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe

Another preparation that you will need to make is to boil the wine for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe. So, you will want to place the wine into a pot on the stove top and boil it for 30-40 minutes. Be sure that you are stirring the wine periodically as it boils. After this amount of time has elapsed, you will weigh out and carefully pour the wine into ice cube freezer trays. Next, you will place these trays in the freezer overnight. When you are ready to make your wine soap, the frozen wine cubes will be used to replace half of the water portion in the water/lye solution. The exact amount of wine needed is listed above.

Deciding on the Wine for Your Homemade Soap Recipe

We have some advice for anyone deciding on the wine for your homemade soap recipe. We would recommend that you use a type of wine with a lower sugar content. If you are using a wine with a high sugar content, then it will speed up gel. This will cause your soap batter to bubble up and out of the mold. With this in mind, you will want to prepare for this possibility. So, take proper precautions at safe guarding the surface your mold is placed on.

Preparing the Soap Grapes for the Wine Soap RecipePreparing the Soap Grapes for the Wine Soap Recipe

First, you are going to be preparing the soap grapes for the wine soap recipe. So, you are going to need to add 132 grams of the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Base to a microwave safe bowl. Then, you will need to use thirty second intervals to melt your soap base and stirring between these bursts in the microwave. Then, you are going to want to add 7 grams of the Tuscan Wine Fragrance Oil. Also, you are going to want to add in 8 grams of Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant and 8 grams of Deep Purple FUN Soap Colorant. Once everything is mixed together, you can add your melt and pour soap to your wholesale soap mold. Then, spray the top with rubbing alcohol to release air bubbles. You will want to make sure that your grape bunches set up completely before removing them from the mold. You will need five bunches in total.

Make the Lye Solution for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Make the Lye Solution for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap

First, you are going to prepare the lye solution for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap. So, you will need to weigh out 129 grams of water and 129 grams of your frozen wine cubes in a mixing bowl. Then, you will need to weigh out 98 grams of Lye for soap in a separate container. Then, you will want to slowly add the lye to your wine/water mixture. As you add the lye you will want to slowly stir. Once everything is mixed together, let the lye solution cool down to room temperature.

Preparing the Cosmetic Oils for the Wine CP Soap RecipePreparing the Cosmetic Oils for the Wine CP Soap Recipe

Also, you are going to be preparing the cosmetic oils for the Wine CP Soap Recipe. So, you will want to weigh out 121 grams of the Rice Bran Oil, 68 grams of the Sunflower Oil, 13 grams of the Castor Oil, 68 grams of the Macadamia Nut Oil, 68 grams of the Sesame Oil, 122 grams of the Fractionated Coconut Oil, and 217 grams of the Mango Butter. Then, you can melt down your cosmetic oils and butters. Once everything is melted, set the mixture aside to cool down to room temperature.

Weighing the Wholesale Herb for the CP Soap Weighing the Wholesale Herb for the CP Soap

While you are waiting for your soap making recipe, you will be weighing the herbal colorant for the cp soap. So, you will want to add 6 grams of the Spirulina Powder to a small bowl. You will want to add a small amount of soaping oils to this cosmetic herb. Then, mix these soap ingredients together and break up any clumps you find.

Preparing the Soap Colorant for the Soap RecipePreparing the Soap Colorant for the Soap Recipe

Next, you are going to be weighing out the remaining soap colorant for the soap procedure. Since the Spirulina Powder is an herbal soap colorant, you will be adding this additional soap colorant to it. This will enhance the color slightly and create an even better shade of green. So, add 5 grams of the Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant to your wholesale herb. Then, set this mixture aside for right now. 

Combine the Soaping Ingredients for the Wine SoapCombine the Soaping Ingredients for the Wine Soap

After the lye solution and your cosmetic oils have reached the right temperature, you are ready to combine the soaping ingredients for the wine soap. So, you will want to add your wine solution to your cosmetic oils. Then, you will need to use a stick blender to mix everything together. Once everything is mixed, you can move on to the next step in the soap making process.

Adding the Fragrance for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap RecipeAdding the Fragrance for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe

Then, you are going to be adding the fragrance oil for the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe. So, you will need to weigh out 51 grams of the Tuscan Wine Fragrance Oil. After measuring the scented oil, you can add it to the cold process soap batter. This will provide your cp soaps with an aroma of fine red wine. This true luxury fragrance oil has top notes of black grapes, strawberry, and red wine. These notes are followed by middle notes of white flowers and sweet cinnamon Finally, the aroma sits on dry wood base notes.

Add the Coloring the Tuscan Wine Cold Process Soap Add the Coloring the Tuscan Wine Cold Process Soap

Next, you are going to add the coloring the Tuscan Wine Cold Process Soap. So, add the soap colorant that you have previously prepared and add it to your soap batter. Then, you will need to use your stick blender to thoroughly incorporate your colorant. At this point you will want to continue to stick blend until your cp soap batter has reached trace.

Pouring the Tuscan Wine CP SoapPouring the Tuscan Wine CP Soap

Once your cold process soap batter has hit trace, you will be pouring the Tuscan Wine CP Soap into the mold. So, you will need to grab your loaf soap mold. Then, you are going to pour all of your cp soap batter into the mold.

Placing the Soap Grapes on the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Placing the Soap Grapes on the Tuscan Wine CP Soap

Once your soap is in the mold, you are going to be placing the soap grapes on the Tuscan Wine CP Soap. Of course, you will want to make sure that the green soap is set up enough that your grapes won’t sink. However, the soap needs to be malleable enough to allow the soap grapes to adhere.

Adding the Mica Dust to the Tuscan Wine CP Soap RecipeAdding the Mica Dust to the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe

After all of the grape bunches are on your soap loaf, you are going to be adding the mica dust to the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe. So, lightly sprinkle the top of your cold process soap with the Diamond Dust Mica Powder. This will provide a beautiful shimmer for the top of your wine soap recipe.

Finishing the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe

Now you are nearly done with creating your own homemade soap from scratch. There are only a few things left for finishing the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe. After about 24 to 48 hours, you can remove the soap from the loaf mold. At this time, you can cut your cold process soap into five bars where each have a single bunch on top. Then, you will need to let your soap bars cure for a few weeks. After your cp soap has gone through the curing process, you are ready to use your finished soap!

Tuscan Wine Retreat

You can use nourishing bath and body products to create your very own relaxing retreat right at home. While you can use pampering cosmetic products, like the Tuscan Wine CP Soap, to provide you with a lovely experience. there is something to be said about a well deserved getaway. Anyone out there that is feeling like it’s time to treat yourself to some rest and relaxation should definitely consider planning this vacation to a Tuscan spa retreat. The Tuscany Yoga + Wine Retreat  hosted by La Dolce Vigna is a fantastic trip that will be sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.

Questions About the Tuscan Wine CP Soap RecipeQuestions About the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe

We hope you enjoyed this soap recipe! If you are interested in even more small batch cold process soap recipes, then you should definitely check out the Cold Process Soap Recipes page on the Natures Garden website. Also, you can reach out to us for answering any questions about the Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe. You can reach out to us using the phone H.U.G. line, in the Natures Garden store, and online. An easy way to reach out to us online is through our social media platforms. First, we are available on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use the handle @ngscents to find us on Instagram and Twitter. Not only can you use these social media platforms to ask us any soap making questions that you may have, but that’s not all you can do on these platforms! You can get advice on soap making and share your own soap ideas, too. So, we wish you the best with your soap recipes and hope to hear from you soon!

Jul
03

Common Cold Process Soap Questions


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Common Cold Process Soap QuestionsCommon Cold Process Soap Questions

We at Natures Garden love to supply our customers with the best soap making ingredients and soap equipment that they need to succeed. But, you can’t utilize these tools if you don’t know how to. So, we want to answer some of the most common cold process soap questions that we get. This way we can help make your soap making experience as fun and exciting as possible!

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Shelf Life of Lye?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Shelf Life of Lye?

The shelf life of lye, sodium hydroxide, when properly stored is one year. After a year it is possible for your lye to work, but you should do a small batch to test whether the lye is still good. If it is actually expired, then it may not come to trace quickly or could separate after it is poured or set up. So, you will be able to notice an obvious difference if you make a small testing batch,

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Do I Make My Cold Process Soap Last Longer?

There are a few things that you can change to make your homemade soap last even longer. First, you can use additives, like sodium lactate or stearic acid, to harden the bar. Also, harder oils, like palm oil, can be helpful. Lastly, increasing the cure time, as water evaporates out, and decreasing the time in the shower will create a harder bar.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Is It Possible to Use Baby Oil as One of the Oils in a Soap Recipe?

No, you shouldn’t use baby mineral oil in your soap recipe for two reasons. First, it has already been scented. Second, the mineral oils won’t saponify.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Do Your Make Cold Process Soap?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Do Your Make Cold Process Soap?

If you ever wondered how to make soap from scratch, then this is the answer. Before you begin you will either need to formulate a recipe or choose a recipe already formulated, we suggest using our Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe if this is your first time. We also recommend reading through our cold process soap making classes, especially the soap making safety class. While there is a little more detail and safety practices to follow, this is the most basic method for soaping. First, you create a lye solution by slowly adding lye to water. In a separate bowl, you will have your weighed and melted oils and butters. You will combine these ingredients at a similar temperature and mix until your batter trace, which is a thicker consistency.  The soap is then poured into a soap mold. Once it has setup, it is removed from the mold and allowed to cure.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Why Are My Citrus Scents So Light in my Cold Process Soap?

Citrus scent oils often have a low flash point, so they are more likely to burn off the fragrance during the saponification process. During this process, the soap will reach very hot temperatures, which are able to burn off certain scents. It is common for citrus scents to be affected by this issue. How can I prevent this? First, make sure that the maximum amount for fragrance has been added. Also, you can anchor the scented oil by using a scent with a that is heavier, like vanilla. Alternatively, some soapers use kaolin clay to enhance the scent, but it can make your soap too slick.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Are Fragrance Oils or Essential Oils Better for Cold Process Soap?

You can use both essential oils and fragrance oils to scent cp soap. However, fragrances tend to hold better and the scent lasts longer. This is because fragrance oils have top, middle, and base notes that will hold up better together. On the other side, some single note oils whether they be essential oils or fragrance oils, are more likely to burn off. So, you will want to test each oil in cold process soap.

 

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can Cold Process Soaps Be Molded into Different Shapes?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can Cold Process Soaps Be Molded into Different Shapes?

Of course! There are many different styles of molds that you can use for soap making. Just don’t forget that this type of soap gets very hot. So, you need to make sure that you either use a silicone soap mold or a very thick plastic mold, like some of our Mold Market Soap Molds. However, plastic embed molds are not thick enough to hold your soap without melting and making a big mess. If you are unsure about a certain mold, it might be best to just save that shape for melt and pour soaps.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: When Can I Cut Cold Process Soap?

Before you can cut your finished soap loaf, you need to wait for a bit. While the exact time varies for each batch depending on size and ingredients, we suggest waiting for 24-48 hours before removing and cutting your nearly finished soaps. However, you can use a gloved hand to check the soap to determine whether the soap is too soft. On the other hand, you don’t want to wait too long or the soap may dry too much and crumble as you cut.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Long Does Soap have to Cure?

The exact amount of time your soaps take depends on your recipe that the amount of lye in it. However, most batches take about 2-6 weeks for the soaps to fully cure and be safe to use.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Cold Process Soap Making Recipes?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Cold Process Soap Making Recipes?

Yes, we have all kinds of cold process soap recipes under the Cold Process Soap Recipes parts of the in the Free Recipes and Classes section of the NG site. There are so many options that it can be difficult to choose!

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Kind of Conditions Does CP Soap Need to Cure After it is Removed From Mold?

After your soap has been removed from the mold and sliced into bars, you will need to allow them to cure for a while. First, you will want to make sure that they are in a cool, dry environment. Also, you want to make sure that the bars a few inches apart. This will expose more of the bar to the air, which allows them to dry and set up properly.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Will Make Cold Process Soaps Freeze or Set Up too Soon?

The oils that you use will come into play. Too much of some harder oils and butters can cause the soap to set up faster than others.  Additives can also cause your batter to accelerate.  However, often, this is an issue caused by the fragrance oil. Each fragrance performs differently in cp soap and the ones that cause too much acceleration can lead to seizing, or a sudden setting up, in the soap batter before it has made it to the mold. Further, there are some fragrance oils that will actually slow down the process and give you time to really work on a recipe.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Do You Have Any Tips for Working with Problem Fragrance Oils in Cold Process Soap?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Do You Have Any Tips for Working with Problem Fragrance Oils in Cold Process Soap?

It’s always a bummer when a scent you enjoy is a “problem fragrance oil”, but there are some things that will allow you to work with this fragrance oil anyway. First, we have the issue of acceleration. While we can’t fix the fragrance, we can cool our oils and lye water to room temperature before we start the saponification process. The cooler temperature takes longer to get to trace, which will help balance the acceleration from the fragrance oil. Also, you can formulate a soap recipe with oils that will slow trace, like sunflower oil. Although these two tricks can be used to slow an accelerated trace, it can’t stop a soap from seizing.

Second, we have the issue of separation. Sometimes a fragrance that separates from the mixture can be stick blended back in with enough effort. Also, it is possible for the scent to reabsorb during the curing process. You just need to keep an eye on these to determine whether the fragrance is worth using in cp soaps. Third, we have the issue of ricing, which is when little chunks form in your batch. While this can’t be prevented, it can be stick blended until the ricing is smoothed out. However, this only works in some cases.

Finally, some fragrance oils can cause your soap to discolor. Some scents can’t be prevented, but there are some cases when a soap additives can do the trick. If the description of your scent says it contains vanillin, it will discolor your soap to a shade of brown. However, you can use Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help lessen any discoloration due to vanillin. Other kinds of discoloration will just have to be included into the soap design.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Best Way to Clean Up Cold Process Soap?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Best Way to Clean Up Cold Process Soap?

After you pour your batch into the soap mold, you may realize that you have a mess on your hands. Whether you spilled a few drops, made a complete mess, or only have the bowls to wash out, you are going to need to know how to safely clean up your lye mixtures. Before you get started, it is extremely important to have something on hand to neutralize the soap batter. So, you will need vinegar, which we prefer to have in a spray bottle to make it easy to apply in case of skin contact. After all the batter on the counter and soap equipment has been neutralized, you can begin cleaning with soapy water, we use dawn dish soap, to clean everything up again.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Is it Okay to Use My Soaping Bowls and Utensils for Cooking After Using it for CP Soapmaking If I Prewash It and Then Run It Through the Dishwasher?

No, it is very unsafe to use your soap making equipment in the kitchen. After you’ve used a bowl, mold, or other utensil for soaping you should never use it for anything other than soapmaking. Lye is very reactive and has the potential to do some serious harm after ingestion. So, it is a horrible idea to put this soaping equipment in contact with food or cooking utensils.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Would Cause a Batch of Soap to Erupt While in the Soap Mold?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Would Cause a Batch of Soap to Erupt While in the Soap Mold?

Natural sugars in soaping ingredients can lead to an eruption, as  the soap gets hotter than it typically does. CP soap can erupt due to improperly  adding things like beer, wine, or milk. First, freezing these ingredients before adding them is helpful. If you are using beer, then make sure that you release all of the carbonation before including it in soap. Also, you will want to boil wine before adding it to your soap.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can I Use Cup Measurements for Soap Making?

For soap making, we would recommend using weighted measurements . Using a scale is much more accurate and will ensure that you have a quality batch of soap. Otherwise, you may accidentally do something to mess up your soaps. For example, you could add to little oils and create a lye heavy batch.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can You Make Good Quality Soap Using the Cold Process Soap Method Without Palm Oil?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can You Make Good Quality Soap Using the Cold Process Soap Method Without Palm Oil?

Absolutely. One of the best parts about making cp soap is that you can include whatever oils and butters you want. You can use SoapCalc to combine your favorite soaping ingredients in a perfect batch of soap! If you would rather follow a recipe that we have formulated, Natures Garden has a few recipes under Free Recipes and Classes that are made without palm oil. For example, there is  our Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap Recipe and our Argan Soap Recipe.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Reach Out to UsCommon Cold Process Soap Questions: Reach Out to Us

We hope that you learned something useful for making cold process soap in this blog. If you have any further questions, you can reach out to us in the store, on the phone, or online. If you want to reach out to us online, then try out social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents). Have fun soapmaking!