|Cut bars of soap|
|Mold open with the freezer paper|
I decided to use chai tea as a base liquid for this recipe, and I used coconut oil, olive oil, new Crisco with palm oil, rice bran oil and about a half ounce of vitamin E oil. The vitamin E oil acts as a preservative. I am only using the Crisco until I can get some palm oil. I measured everything out and started to mix the soap. This recipe traced really quickly. I love it when they trace quickly! After it traced I added cinnamon.
|Top trimmed & ready for soap|
I molded the soap, let it cool a little bit to sculpt it, and put it in the oven at 170* for an hour. I have not had good results with just insulating to gel the soap. This heat is enough to complete basic saponification but the ph is still high. The next step was to let it cool so that I could cut it.
|On the floor, doesn't everyone have days like this?|
|Soap in the mold|
I love the rich color that I got from the tea, and with the cinnamon it smells wonderful. I do think that this mold would work better for at least a five pound batch. The soap was still a little shallower in the mold than I would like.
|Close-up of the top of the soap|
After allowing the soap to cool overnight, I released the sides of the mold and pealed the paper off of the sides. I started cutting the first bar off of the block with my wire and dowels cutting setup. I got this one bar cut and and realized I needed to take the soap completely out of the mold and pull the paper off of the bottom. After pulling the paper off, I cut the remaining bars and spread them out a little bit to start curing. In the process I have decided that I need to take the gate hooks off and put industrial Velcro on to close the mold.
|Cut soap and the dowels and wire that |
I use to cut the soap