NO Stearic Acid. NO Ethanol (alcohol). NO Sodium Lactate. VEGAN/ORGANIC Transparent Soap Test! Okay. I feel, after a few days of tweaking and researching, that I have a transparent soap that is alcohol, stearic-acid, SL, etc. FREE! I have posted pics of my most recent failures (translucent, but not transparent) that I really like and will now use to create gradients of translucency (more tests to come) flanking the successful transparent soap. The orange coloration of the transparent soap is from the orange essential oil. The far left is natural and the right contains too much of a green mica pigment. It looks lovely in person though. The bars on either side of the transparent bars are translucent. Difficult to see in this pic. As you can see with the side-by-side, the transparency is pretty good. The bar on the left is alcohol-based (made about 3-weeks ago) and the three on the right is as advertised (made last night). The coloration is due to essential oils only. I am happy with what I discovered and again, thanks to the soap-making community who have already done so much of the work and is gracious enough to share. Love the glycerin feel. I have some time, so I will make some observations regarding my experience making the soap w/o alcohol, etc. I will put up my recipe later today... 1. Unmolding the soap, there was considerable glycerine goop on and below the solidified soap bars. I simply wiped it off and all good. I hadn't experienced this before and I did use the same amount of glycerine as I had in the past. I am assuming it is glycerine as it felt, looked and smelled (no odor) like it. There was no negative affect to the soap overall. 2. Glycerine to total oils was @ 50%. I do not get any sweating, but maybe it's b/c I live in dry Utah(?). 3. I suck at adding coloring, so will, personally, refrain from doing so. I actually like the natural coloring that takes place with the essential oils. 4. The fragrance from the essential oils are wonderful especially while lathering. 5. Not great lather, but lather never the less... it just takes a little time. Transparent Soap Recipe Castor Oil – 250 grams (50%) Coconut Oil – 250 grams (50%) Lye – 78 grams (0% superfat to reduce cloudiness) Distilled Water – 156 grams (double lye amount) Solvents (equal to 100% of oils) Glycerin – 250 grams (50% of oils) Sugar – 250 grams (50%) Water – 160 grams (to create sugar solution) I made this recipe using a crockpot. After the soap mixture goes through its phases and is in apple-sauce stage, I then add the solvents. I prep the sugar water before pour by adding the sugar into the water to make a syrup. I pour in the glycerine into the sugar syrup, stir, and then pour into the soup mixture. Mix thoroughly. I put the heat on high on my crockpot and closed the lid tightly. I waited about 1-1.5 hours, stirring only 2-3x in between to get any insolubles mixed in and dissolved. A thin film may remain after this time. I pour my transparent soap through a sieve to block any insolubles. This process works really well for me. I turn off the crockpot and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes before adding my essential oils. Keep the lid on while cooling. Recent batch of transparent soap. Very happy except for the many air bubbles. I poured the soup through a sieve and likely resulted in the many air bubbles(?). Not too bad. Smells great and feels great. I left it cooking for an additional 30 minutes so that I had fewer insoluble soap floating. Put light under to show transparency better. Late night and didn’t have better light to really show the transparency in a more natural light. The orange color is from the essential oils. Will probably take a pic outside tomorrow.