Thursday, July 31, 2014

White Chocolate Mousse + Green Citrus

I really need to get some soaps ready for fall and haven't used any recipes from my Soapmakers Companion for a while, I don't even think I've used the book this year. I pulled it out and made one of my favorite recipes from the book, named White Chocolate Mousse by the author, because of the quantity of Coco Butter used. Its really a nice soap and I usually leave it white. This time I used some chromium green oxide and yellow lake, both powdered colourants that were mixed with a little rubbing alcohol. For a green citrus scent a blend of Lime, Litsea Cubeba and a little bit of Lemon essential oils were used. The little decoration on top is some mini limes that I sliced and then dried in my oven.
 Recipe by Susan Millar Cavitch
187 grams sodium hydroxide
538 grams distilled water
312 grams olive oil
226 grams jojoba oil
454 grams coconut oil
226 grams cocoa butter
226 grams palm oil

This recipe also calls for an optional 12 grams of grapefruit seed extract. A lot of recipes from this time used to call for this, but I don't recommend adding it. I coloured most of the soap with some chromium green oxide, a small portion is coloured with yellow lake. I recommend adding a little rubbing alcohol or water to these colourants as they are both powders. For the green citrus scent I used 3 tsp of Litsea Cubeba, 3 tsp  of Lime and 1 tsp of Lemon essential oils. Dried lime slices may not be your thing, I think this soap would be really nice without them too.

I filled a 3lb loaf mold and 8 sand dollar molds.

Email with any questions. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Scented Wax Sachets

I've been wanting to try making these for a while. I gave some that I had purchased (from Pure Living) as Christmas gifts and they were a big hit. I used Soy Wax flakes and a little bit of leftover red wax from a soy candle and some Rose Fragrance oil. I melted 85 grams of the wax, it melts easily in the microwave, with the bit of red wax, and then added 2 tsp of the fragrance. I only wanted to fill the mold up to the scallops so I put the extra wax in to a heart in the 5 Heart Mold.

Then I tried some of these scented wax wafers. These are a blend of soy was and paraffin wax so didn't melt so easily. In the microwave, which is what I used, you have to make sure the measuring cup doesn't get hot and explode, so I did 40 seconds and let the container cool and repeated (many times). A water bath would have been the better way to go. Anyway, one of these wafer bars filled one cavity in a 5 Heart Mold.

To make a hole for ribbon or string you need a drill, using a nail will split the wax. I made the smallest hole I could to accommodate what I was putting through. I think these turned out cute and they all smell really good. I'm going to hang a couple in my closet and put the other two on towel bars in the bathroom. Thanks for looking!