Monday, 17 June 2013

Soy Milk Soap

Finally made a decent batch of soap again and I think the key is stirring time. You need to stir fast and long to get the soap creamy! I quad-rippled the original recipe amounts and still only made 7 bars of my normal 14 bar mold, so I would probably do double this below recipe next time. Buying a secondhand hand mixer from a thrift store was the best soap making decision I've made!
First time soap makers full instructions here.
Soap Making Tutorial video here.

Soy Milk Soap


169g olive oil
169g vegetable oil
145g coconut oil
181g distilled water
67g caustic soda/sodium hydroxide (dry)
1 cup soy milk powder


Prepare soap molds as usual.

Melt all oils together and keep temperature at 90-120F/32-49C in a stainless steel bowl.
Wearing protective gloves and eye wear, in a separate stainless steel bowl add water slowly to the caustic soda stirring slowly until melted.
Wait till the temperature of lye is at 90-120F/32-49C.
Both mixes need to be at the same temperature before adding lye carefully (using protective wear) to the oils and mixing.

Mix constantly for 20mins+ until you see trace (there the movement of stirring leaves a trace pattern before mixing back in).
I found that using a combination of hand mixing and electric mixing made this process so much easier and quicker.
Once soap mixture starts to trace stir in soy milk powder and mix in well.
Pour into your mold and cover as usual for 18-24 hours.
Uncover for a further 12-18 hours and then the soap is ready for you to cut up and cure for 2-3 weeks before use.

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