4.55 oz Corn oil
1.90 soya oil
13.90 beef tallow
1 tbsp of paprika
Fragrance oil : red cranberry
Essential oils : patchouli, sandalwood
Process used : Cold process soap
I have not done Cold process soap for a while now. Today, because I wanted to control more the liquid mixed with different colors and I wanted to play longer with the soap to be, in the mold, Cold process soap gave me this open window.
One think I don’t like much with this process is that I add the smell to the soap, when the lye is still alive inside the mix and sometime, the lye will kill any fragrance oils or essence oil to no smell at all; a waste of money here. And also, this soap will have to age between 2 to 6 weeks before using on my skin. Of course like any other process, I do the tongue test before using. I don’t want my skin to burn if the lye is still alive inside the soap.
I have posted a picture of the block done today. I can already see the orange and beige colors coming out, with little square of left over soap that I put at the bottom of the mold before pouring the mix over. Once it is cut up, it will be a pretty soap. The smell did stay on this one. Good trace, took no time at all to set. This soap is very hard.
Update : August 23, 2010
August today, this soap is a hard one, just like I love them. The smell stayed on and it was my first soap made with beef tallow, processed from suet, solid at room temperature. Not like the pork suet, the soap made with beef tallow stays hard and do not sweat ‘fat’ while drying out.
In the next few days, I will be making more soaps out of beef talow as I am cleaning up my freezer at the moment and the timming is good for making handmade cold pressed soap.