When to add shea & cocoa butter

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  1. Mar 28, 2010 #1

    kommon_sense

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    I'm planning on making my first batch of shea/cocoa butter soap. However I'm not sure of when to add them?

    I have a brick of shea butter, and chunks of unrefined cocoa butter.

    Do they get added at the start of the process with the other oils (coconut/palm/etc.) and melted with them? Do they get added at trace?

    Does the cocoa butter need to be tempered? Can the unrefined chunk be grated & mixed in at trace since mixture temp should be about the temp you would want to temper the cocoa butter at?

    If I temper the whole batch of cocoa butter seperately would I just need to warm it up for use in future batches?

    Any info is appreciated.
     
  2. Mar 28, 2010 #2

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    Melt them down with the rest of your oils. Because its soap you don't need to worry about tempering the way you do with lotions & creams...
     
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    Yes, Lindy is right - that is what I do too.

    Tanya :)
     
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    I third that I melt all hard oils together and than add liq oils I see no point to waiting till trace lye monster chomps through them any way.
     
  5. Mar 29, 2010 #5

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    Thanks for the feedback! I actually ended up learning how to temper it as I made a batch of body butter for my g/f today. She seems excited about it. I went the alton brown method for tempering it. Just placed a bowl on a heating pad.

    I'll be building a nicer soap mold in the next few days and we will see how this batch of shea/cocoa butter soap goes :)
     
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    i just melt all oils in crock(cp or hp) and dont add any at trace, heard it doesnt do anything? I use cocoa and shea, it is awesome, although I only use a3 ounces of each to a 2 lb batch, otherwise the bubbles goes way down, i do always use castor too. have fun.
     
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    hmm.. Thanks for mentioning the castor. I just found it locally yesterday. I'm going to have to play with the recipe a bit to get the castor in there.
     
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    I find that adding even only 2 or 3% castor boosts the fluffy lather and moisturising feel, so working that amount into your recipe will be easy peasy! Have fun with it :D

    Tanya :)
     

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