In my spare I do enjoy soap making. It is a very rewarding and calming hobby. I wanted to make a simple soap today using ingredients that I normally have to hand. So this is how I made this soap.
Sodium olivate (saponified olive oil), sodium sheabutterate (saponified shea butter), Sodium cocate (saponified coconut oil), Aqua, glycerin, titanium dioxide (mineral used for whitening), Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) Oil
I normally gather all my ingredients and start with measuring out the water and weighing in the sodium hydroxide (this mixture is known as lye). I stir rapidly to ensure that it is fully mixed and dissolved and leave it to stand. I then melt all my harder butters and add the olive oil allowing the mixture to cool. I added the lime essential oil to the rest of the oils. Sometimes I wait a little while to allow both the lye and the oils to cool a little – sometimes I dont do this – but really the cooler both the lye and the oil are, the less likely it is to overheat when they are combined and cause problems. Overheating will speed up the internal heat of the soap batter which will speed up saponification. This time I allowed them to cool so that they were under 40c and added the lye to the oil. I then added the titanium dioxide (I had mixed some of the oil with it to allow for better despersal). I then mixed gently by hand for a few moments and then used the stickblender to give rapid stirring. Once it started to thinken up or emulsified – like pancake batter – I poured it into the mould. It smells divine and looks really creamy!