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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Coffee Soap

I couldn't resist any longer. I had to make a soap that used coffee for the liquid.

Nothing too unusual to report, procedure-wise. I did lift my stick blender a bit to much at one point, and some raw soap splashed out of my container. It splashed away from me, but it could easily have splashed at me. It just really reminded me why the safety precautions are so highly stressed to us new soapers.

With that out of the way, here is the recipe I used today:

Total oil weight1.5
Water as percent of oil weight38 %
Super Fat/Discount7 %
Lye Concentration26.612 %
Water : Lye Ratio2.758:1
Sat : Unsat Ratio43 : 57
Fragrance Ratio0
Fragrance Weight0 Oz
Lye - NaOH0.2073.30793.752
1Olive Oil pomace400.69.6272.155
2Palm Kernel Oil300.457.2204.116
3Palm Oil200.34.8136.078
4Cocoa Butter50.0751.234.019
5Castor Oil50.0751.234.019
Soap Bar Quality Suggested Range Your Recipe
Hardness 29 - 54 42
Cleansing 12 - 22 20
Conditioning 44 - 69 55
Bubbly 14 - 46 24
Creamy 16 - 48 27
Iodine 41 - 70 56
INS 136 - 165 151
Lauric 15
Myristic 5
Palmitic 18
Stearic 4
Ricinoleic 5
Oleic 42
Linoleic 8
Linolenic 1
I am just copying and pasting my soapcalc view recipe page, because I am too lazy to type. I think I may do this more often, because it has a lot of extra info I usually leave out when posting.

I also used Cappuccino Frgrance oil because even though coffee was my liquid, I have read the scent usually doesn't make it through. It behaved well, no acceleration, and because the soap is already dark, I wouldn't notice any discolouration if it does. Hopefully it'll hold well.

And since a soap post is incomplete without pictures, here you go :) 


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