youtube video on making soap with greek yogurt. I decided to give it a try and - oh my - I am hooked.
This really is the creamiest! After 2 weeks of curing I grabbed the end slice for a test run. The creamy lather was so soft and silky. Love it! (Oh come on, I know I'm not the only soaper who lacks the patience to wait 4 whole weeks to try the new soap!)
The soap challenge from Amy at Great Cakes Soapworks this week was for milk soap. I decided to go with an almond theme: almond milk, almond oil - which I rarely use, and a yummy amaretto fragrance oil that I had just purchased but hadn't had a chance to play with yet. Amy used real chocolate in her video, and while the incorporation of chocolate had often intrigued me, I had never tried it; this seemed like the perfect time.
With so many 'new' elements for this batch, I decided to do some testing. So glad I did. I made a small batch which traced very quickly so I separated it into 4 small containers: one I left plain, no fragrance, no colour; to one I added titanium dioxide and a bit of fragrance; to one I added a bit more fragrance but no colour; and to the last one I added some chocolate melted in olive oil and a bit of fragrance. Stirred them up and they all liquified on me! Guess that was my first false trace. It took a while to thicken up again with stirring (not enough in each container to stick blend), but eventually I was able to pour it at a thin trace.
This is what I ended up with. I decided to do a chocolate base and layer it with the darker of the three light samples, which was the one with no t.d. but a bit more fragrance. These samples I used to make cubes to embed and curls to embellish the top with. When I got to work making the 'real' soap batch I was ready for that false trace, and sure enough, it happened. This time after separating into two containers there was enough soap in each to stick blend back to a thick trace.
So, new experiences with this challenge include:
~ using almond milk in place of water for the lye solution
~ using chocolate
~ a new fragrance oil - which smells amazing, btw
~ testing to see how all of the elements work together
~ false trace
This was a great challenge. I learned a lot, and though I am sure that the soap will darken over time, I'm really pleased with both the look and texture of this soap.
Looking forward to the next challenge!!