I think because of the yucky misfortune in #2, it might be helpful to me as well as others, perhaps to maintain a soap diary, so that you and I can learn together of what NOT to do.
15 oz. solid coconut oil 76 degrees
15 oz. high oleic sunflower oil
18 oz. macadamia oil
6.9 oz. Lye
18 oz. water
2.1 oz. fragrance oil
I think I took the basic recipe and did some oil substitutions from Teach Soap - another one of Anne-Marie's successes :).
The following recipe I did in grams...and I can't tell you where I pulled it from, but I switched it all up anyway, and didn't do any lye calculations as some of you asked. I just assumed that if one uses a recipe, it tells you right there how much lye to use, so what's the problem? Well, apparently, I know nothing about this soap thing, and this is why I was hoping for a hands-on teacher. C'est la vie, I don't have one here with me, so let's move on! I will look into that lye calculating and get back to you on that.
400 g. high oleic sunflower oil
300 g. solid coconut oil 76 degrees
270 g. organic virgin coconut cream oil I used to buy it at From Nature With Love, but now I have grown to love many products here locally and often much cheaper at Camdengrey.com
55 g. soybean oil
144 g. lye
350 g. water
30 g. fragrance oil
Now, before I poured the batch in my Batmobile gift box that I used as a mold, I took about one cup of soap out and mixed that with two tablespoons of chicory coffee from New Orleans stirred it up and set it aside. I poured the big batch into the black Batmobile box, then drizzled the coffee soap over it into a squiggly design. I scented the soap with graham cracker fragrance and with the coffee added, it smelled really pretty unbelievable... but the squigglies kind of looks like puppy diarrhea in a DNA formation. Not really what I was going for.
Here is my Batmobile box...I know there are some non-believers but I kid you not (look closely):
So what went wrong?
Luckily for me, I have REAL soap surrounding me, like Morgan Street soaps which I just reviewed and Stella Marie's which will be next up in my reviews. Stella Marie also has a blog which currently has some really cute bath fizzie photos that look like Easter eggs in a basket.
Here is a peek at some of her soaps:
Rockaway Beach (coconut Cream)