Citrus/Hibuscus Tea Soap

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  1. Aug 19, 2017 #1

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    Hi everyone,

    I haven't done much with soap in a while, but tonight I made a batch of CP soap.

    I used brewed hibiscus tea and orange extract for the water part and added some dried tea and bergamot EO at trace.

    I was surprised the orange smell pretty much masked the lye water smell.

    Anyway; I will post pics when I unmold it.

    I was playing around with oils I had on hand, so here is the recipe I came up with if anyone is interested ...

    3.20 oz lye
    8 oz water (or in this case orange/hibiscus tea)

    1 oz beeswax
    5 oz canola oil
    5 oz coconut oil
    8 oz olive oil
    2 oz grapeseed oil
    2 oz shea butter

    .25 oz stearic acid

    The batch made 8 bars in the mold I have, so it was a good small batch for me. If this one turns out, I will use the same basic recipe for other scents.

    I think I used too much stearic acid ... I forget where I got the idea to add .25 oz to the batch, but I just read another tip to only use it as .5% of your product. So will using too much make the soap too hard or too harsh on your skin or something?

    I unmolded them today ...

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    They look nice and smell good still. I hope the batch is not ruined with too much stearic acid.
     
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    That is not a high amount of stearic acid. The risk is that you usually have to hot process using pure SA, it requires a much higher temp to stay melted, and almost instantly saponifies so can cause strange spots in the soap.

    Your bees wax is about 4% - which many think is high, mostly for the same reasons - you have to soap hot and it can cause your soap to move really fast.

    If you don't want to use lard, tallow or palm - I would drop the wax and the stearic and up your shea as your hard oil.
     
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    Thanks! I will see how this one turns out and add more shea next time :)
     
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    They look good Flutter! What are the specks?
     
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    Dried hibiscus tea :)
     
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    Don't be surprised if you get a little odd discoloration around the leaves. Organic matter in soap usually does not deal well with the high pH environment and will turn an unpleasant brown.
     
  7. Sep 26, 2017 #7

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    This soap is finally ready and I like it so far; it doesn't seem drying at all ... although, they don't smell anymore.
     
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    No scent at all? You should post an updated photo if they changed at all!
     
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    Yeah, not really much of any smell anymore, but they look the same.
     

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