Again, very late with this post as I made my first soap on the 17 November 2013.
As a first batch, I wanted to go for something easy to make, wouldn’t put up too much of a fight or anything, but would also be useful. I know a lot of people who suggest using just 1 oil and/or no scents at all. Personally, I want a quick win to get my confidence up and get me going. A soap that I don’t want to use or have to wait a long time to cure would actually then make it harder for me to get in to soaping.
So my first batch consisted of –
- 55% Olive Oil
- 22% Coconut Oil
- 22% Palm Oil
- 6% Rapeseed Oil
I then scented with Sandalwood and Lavender essential oils and added some ground poppy seeds as exfoliate.
I didn’t have anything that I was willing to use for Hot Process, so I went for Cold Process – which was fine as it was a good way to kick off. There were no real issues to speak of, although I did really make sure that the oils and the lye were both between 60-65 degrees C when I combined them, something that is apparently not quite so important as I thought it would be. For a first time I couldn’t be happier with how it went.
At the time I was using normal silicone baking molds which didn’t give the best shape to the soap. But trimmed up, they were a good shape. Trimming the edges off also had the benefit of making it appear a more regular colour – it had partially gelled, the sections that I cut away took off most of the ungelled soap which also went a long way to making it look better.
But the important thing is how is it to use. Now that it’s had a good cure, it’s a perfectly fine soap – I only used a 5% superfat and used a little more Coconut Oil than some people would like. That said, it was made to be a general purpose bar of soap for Efficacious Gentlemen and it is certainly that. It has a pleasant smell when using, one that doesn’t linger too long after use. It certainly cleans but doesn’t dry out (my) skin.
It’s a recipe that most likely will be used again, maybe with a little tweaking, though.
The picture also highlights another issue – packaging! Plastic bags might well work, but ribbons and bows for a gentleman might be a little bit too much……………………….