- Nov 23, 2015
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This is my olive,- lard,- Coconut soap with a littlebit castor and a smidge of undeodorized cocoabutter. Not really a beautifull piece of soap, but that is ok!
Yes, I know, it looks like chocolate cake. I try not to think about it because then I want cake, and that is not ok on a tuesday...(cough)
I made this soap because I wanted something to take away the smell of onion and garlic on my hands. I use it in cooking all the time, and the smell lingers even after washing hands several times. I have used lemons, but wanted something soapy I could use.
We`ll see if the scent of coffee holds up 6 weeks of cure. Not holding my breath here, but got to try to find out!:think: (<---btw, that is my usual look plotting soapmakingideas...)
1) Grounded up 200 gr. fresh espresso roasted coffeebeans, infused that in the olive oil for 24 hours.
2) The following day I made a strong coffe sollution with real grounded espresso coffe and used that as my lyewater.
3) Melted lard, coconut and cocoabutter and added the castor, stirred.
4) Added the room temp. coffe/olive sludge to the heated oils, that made the temp come dow just right. I then added the roomtemp lyewater, and stirred first by hand to see if it became grainy from the lard and coconut. It did not, so I then proceded the usual soapmaking process of using my SB. It became a silky slurry.
No water discount as I was not sure how the soap would behave with all that ground up coffee. It behaved just wonderfully, and I had time to work without any stress.
Took a third of the soap and added half a teaspoon of TD and SB it really well.
Added a littlebit of lemongrass and may chang to medium trace in the darker soap, just to see if I could get a littlebit of citrus come though - but had no huge expectations of it making it through the process.
I could cut the soap after a day. The cut isn`t what I would call "clean", since some coffee beans got caught on the way down. But I don`t really care, I am the only one using them anyway.
Next time I will do two things different, if this recipe turns out to be any good:
1) Leave the sprinkling of the espressobeans after the soap has been cut and done curing, and then drop them on the soap with some M&P as glue.
2) Or instead make individual bars using silicone mold, so no cutting is involved.
Things that surprized me was that this soap smell like coffee after making it. Real coffee - with a littlebit of zing from the lemongrass and MC coming through. Not strong, but enough to make this a delishious combo. Will it survive the 6 week cure? Don`t think so, but we`ll see.
Washing with a thin endpiece the soap was suuuuuper delishious on the hands, and made them silky smooth and soft. The suds was beige/brown, but left no color on the skin. It has been two hours since I used the soap and my hands feel so good! The coffee grains exfoliated my hands in the process without being to harsh. I will try this soap in the shower after the cure to see if it makes a difference in my skin. If I smell like coffee afterwards, so be it. My husband loves coffe, I think I`ll be fine..
Any comments of what I can do differently, or tips, or any mistakes you think I did, please let me know! I am here to learn more about soaping after soaping less than a year.