Soap is the result of a chemical reaction between lye and oils. The combination of oils is what predominantly determines the soap characteristics. Additives enhance the final product. For this soap I wanted to make a luxurious, all natural soap. I'll be using my Shea Butter Bar recipe with tussah silk fibres.
Solid oils are weighed first. Here I have coconut oil, palm kernel oil and shea butter. Once these are melted the liquid oils are added; I'll be adding olive oil, high oleic sunflower oil and castor oil.
The oils are melted and combined and the tempurature of the oils and lye water are almost right. It's time to prepare the additives.
So there you have it. One problem yet remains - naming the soap. I am not good at naming soap.
Simple Pleasures Handmade Soap Naming Contest.
Let the soap naming begin!