- Jan 14, 2021
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@Nanna Yes - natural reds are so hard to come by - this is an astaxanthin supplement that has rosemary leaf extract and olive oil. I am trying to source some astaxanthin powder, but it’s so expensive! I’ve been trying to negotiate with vendors on Alibaba but I don’t think they have much interest in a grandmother fooling around with soap.
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Who put you that idea in your head that meat juice couldn't produce clear soap? How did you make it transparent? Is this fully remeltable M&P base (glycerol, propylene glycol, sorbitol and friends), or mostly ethanol?In soapy news today, I challenged my received belief that tallow can't be used for transparent soap, with positive results:
How did you do that?!?
I can't remember where I came across the idea originally but so far I've been rationing my small supply of palm to make transparent soap for specific projects.
It's part tallow and part coconut, with some castor as well.That's mostly the stuff of which M&P is made. Sugar can discolour the melt, when in doubt swap it for sorbitol (or more glycerol). And the ethanol can become troublesome on the long run when it slowly evaporates and makes remelting more difficult. IME proplyene glycol is really worth its money to make high-clarity, firm M&P base with a sharp melting point, good fluidity and a low skin formation.
But anyway, it's a nice clear brick! A few percent superfat would have ruined it. Is it 100% tallow, or did you add lauric oil too?
Yes, they're certainly plenty bubbly, and you can get some amazing visual effects, but they always seem to me to be somehow cheap as an actual soap to wash with. Formulation wise I'm much more interested in exploring the Shea/cocoa butter angle and finding a recipe that feels luxurious to me.I'm having a hard time to enjoy the resulting soaps themselves.
Thanks for the pics, I really would like to try the rhubarb@Nanna Yes - natural reds are so hard to come by - this is an astaxanthin supplement that has rosemary leaf extract and olive oil. I am trying to source some astaxanthin powder, but it’s so expensive! I’ve been trying to negotiate with vendors on Alibaba but I don’t think they have much interest in a grandmother fooling around with soap.
who is not ever going to buy a pallet of the stuff.
I did have some luck getting a much darker red than I expected from turkey rhubarb root. Photo below shows rhubarb root infused OO on left from February, astaxanthin / iron oxide in the middle, and that nice fire engine red from astaxanthin after 24 hours. (Still saponifying but as you see it’s more orangey.) The rhubarb root appears more maroon in the photo than IRL.
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Wow, those are gorgeous! What a great combination of colours!I managed to unmould and cut this before I left for the hospital this morning, I'm pleased with how dramatic it looks. It's a very mild soap, unscented, with activated charcoal. Fingers crossed it'll work for my combination skin!
Now sitting waiting for the procedure, nurse had to get the "difficult veins specialist" to pop the cannula in - not being allowed to drink before has left me a bit dehydrated...
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Thank you, it went fine, nothing obvious to cause my symptoms but they took a few biopsies so I'll get an appointment when the results of that come back. Not fun, but quick at least and I'm home resting now so all is good. The sedative has left me sleepy but not too out of it, which is a relief.Wow, those are gorgeous! What a great combination of colours!
Best of luck with your procedure today