- Mar 23, 2018
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I love making clay soaps. Usually I add about one tablespoon per kilo of oils, and superfat at 7%. My usual recipe is as below:
Castor oil 15%
Coconut oil 15%
Shea butter 6%
Cocoa butter 6%
Tamanu oil 20%
Olive pomace 38%
Super fatting at trace @8% (2% lanolin or Shea butter, 3% cocoa butter, 3% jojoba oil)
1 tablespoon per kilo oils of clay ( I've used French clays once, and fuller's earth twice). This amount of clay has no problems.
But when I increase the clay (in order to get more benefits of the Clays), the soaps start oozing lye about 24 hours after making them! Its definitely lye, as I've done a zap test on all three occasions and my tongue tip has been burnt by that.
As to the process, the first time I added the (excess) clay at trace (1 tablespoon per 500 grams of batch - oils+lye water), and the lye oozed like glycerin dew 24 hours into the making. The second time I mixed the clay with lye water, and the third time I mixed the clay with the oils. All with the same results.
You can see the lye like glycerin dew on the top and on the sides in the pictures.
I soap around 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit, and weather has been temperate when I have soaped.
Please help me!