#MakeItMonday – Seaside Whipped Soap
Did you know that the Soap Kitchen is situated in a small North Devon coastal town? We are so lucky that we can just pop to the seaside on a sunny day!
This week, we wanted to create a #MIM soap recipe with an extra DIY twist and a summery theme. Not only is this a great chance to learn a different cold process technique but, we encourage you to make your own soap embeds too.
Creating your own embeds:
Creating your own melt and pour embeds is a great way to dress up a CP soap as you can use all sorts of shapes and plastic moulds with M&P. For our seaside recipe however, we have found some gorgeous shells in our photography cupboard and thought this would be a great opportunity to try out our new moulding putty. This putty is wonderful for creating smaller moulds out of found objects and of course, embeds!
What you need:
To create your embeds, all you have to do is mix equal amounts of both putty colours together and place your shells in until the putty sets. This doesn’t take very long! Once you’re sure the mould has set you can remove the shells and continue to heat up the melt and pour in the microwave (30 second blasts) . You can add colour to the soap before you pour it in to the mould but, for our shells, we poured the white M&P in and then waited until the soap had set before hand-painting the shells with a tiny bit of liquid dye.
See visual demonstration below:
How to make whipped soap:
Whipped soap is a variation of cold process soap that is created at room temperature. Instead of melting the oils, they are whisked together when solid to create a whipped cream texture. With experience this soap can be piped.
What you need:
- Large Glass, Stainless Steel or Plastic Bowl
- Another 2 Small Bowls or Jugs
- Heat-proof Jug
- Accurate Scales
- Electric Hand Whisk
- Wooden Spoon
- 1kg Silicone, Cardboard or Wooden Loaf Mould (Silicone wouldn’t need lining)
- Silicone Baking Sheet to Line Wooden or Cardboard Mould
- Eye and Hand Protection
Ingredients for 1kg:
- 244g Cold Water
- 95g Caustic Soda
- 50g Olive Oil
- 200g Coconut Oil (Hard)
- 400g Palm Oil (Hard)
- 20g CP Friendly Fragrance or Essential Oil
- Half Cup of Ground Nut Shell
- Ultramarine Blue Powder
- Make sure you have all the ingredients and equipment listed above BEFORE you start and weigh them out into suitable containers ready to use.
Always wear safety goggles/glasses and use protective gloves when soap-making to avoid injury from spills and splashes.
- First choose your mould. Traditionally, soaps are made in wooden moulds lined with waxed or siliconised ‘grease-proof’ paper, but a cardboard box lined in a similar way is fine or you can choose to use a silicone cake-baking mould, as they are usually lye and heat-resistant. Also, many forms of plastic kitchenware will be suitable and may also not need lining, such as ‘tupperware’ type containers.
- If choosing a traditional lined wooden mould, make sure the lining paper is not cut or holed in any way below the top of the mould. It must be folded into corners etc. to ensure there are no leaks.
- Measure out 244g of cold clean water into a jug. Weigh (accurately) 95g of sodium hydroxide beads (or pearls) into a suitable container. Carefully add the sodium hydroxide to the water, stirring all the time with a spoon or spatula. Be careful not to breathe the vapour that is initially given off, so hold your breath and stir until all the sodium hydroxide has dissolved and there are no lumps stuck to the bottom of the jug.
- The solution (now known as Lye) will heat up to nearly 200oF and will need to be left to cool. Important… If the room temperature is generally warm it will help to refrigerate the lye to ensure it’s completely cold before use.
- Meanwhile, measure out exactly 200g of coconut oil and 400g of palm oil into the saucepan ready for whisking.
- Using an electric hand-held whisk (shown) start to whisk the coconut and palm oils into a creamy consistency, then continue whisking whilst incorporating the 50g olive oil.
- Once all the oils are completely mixed and whisked to a light and creamy consistency, carefully and slowly add your cold lye, continuing to whisk all the time.
- Once you’ve added all your lye to the oils you are ready to add your fragrance or essential oils which you need to gently mix into the airy mixture.
- For this recipe we are now going to divide our mix in to 3 bowls. This so we can create different colours.
- Add some Ultramarine Blue (Diluted) powder in to 1 bowl of mix to create a dark blue colour.
- Now doing the same add a little less to your next bowl of mix to create a lighter blue colour. You now should have two different shades of blue soap mix.
- For the last bowl of mix, you’re going to keep it uncoloured and instead we are going to add some ground nut shell. Hopefully to give the appearance of sand!
- Then pour your mixtures into layers into your mould. The mix will be starting to thicken and can be gently worked to form peaks if you wish. Start with your dark blue and continue with the light blue, leaving your sandy colour for the top!
- Because the whipped soap has a thicker consistency, you can use a teaspoon to manipulate a texture in to the top of your soap.
- Last but not least, when your soap has thickened slightly, you can add in your DIY embeds.
For a visual demonstration on how to perfect Whipped soap click this link.
*Leave to saponify overnight and then cut and cure for 3-4 weeks like usual CP soap.*