||[Sep. 17th, 2008|04:09 pm]
A two pound, three oil recipe; soybean heavy, coconut, and olive. |
I added a half a teaspoon of spearmint and also eucalyptus and two teaspoons of powdered mustard at trace. I was hoping that the mustard would also add some color but I really didn't see any. Not fair to look for it at trace since the coconut oil tends to whiten any soap recipe (I love using it with reclaimed lard to help lighten the finished product). Still, I also added the last little bit of my yellow oxide powder. Boy, a little of that goes a long way. I definitely recommend oxide powders for anyone on a soaping budget (and really, who isn't?)
The recipe's INS is 138 which is lower than I usually like to go. Staying as near to 160 as possible usually produces a hard bar that both lathers and cleans well. I'm pretty certain this one will do well when it's dried.
Labels are coming along slowly. I'm thinking I may have to upgrade my poor little graphics program. Even so, I'm sticking with my black and white laser printer so my graphics are kinds limited either way.
I'm also going to need to look into a cutting box. I've been looking around on line and not coming up with anything resembling what I'm looking for. I want a box that will firmly hold a bar of soap that I've pulled from a 3" PVC pipe with a cutting guide at the open end and the ability to advance the bar in even (and variable) increments. I know - basically - what it would look like and I fear I may have to build it. I've been resisting as I don't have the tools that would make the job easier if not possible.
So what is everyone else doing?