Hopelessly Devoted to Soaping

Hopelessly Devoted to Soaping

Monday, January 26, 2015

The "Plop Layer" Method




Coconut Lemongrass!


My first soap batch made in 2015 is cut and curing.  Made with coconut almond milk and shea butter, it's going to be super silky smooth.  I froze the nut milk in an ice cube tray and just defrosted what I needed - worked great! For fragrance I used a mix of essential oils and perfume, each in their individual colors.  I had big hopes for a really cool swirl, but the fo set up waay too fast and had to "plop layer" it into the mold, which accounts for some of the air pockets you see.

The tan color is scented with Coconut Milk Lavender from Bulk Apothecary.  It smells wonderful but the acceleration was a major bummer.  Next time I will add this to the warm oils, before the lye, and see if it behaves any better.  On the upside, it should not discolor much.

The blue is scented with lavender essential oil and the pale yellow is lemongrass eo.  The lemongrass also ran fast for me; hence the plop method!  Although this certainly has a "rustic" look, I know it will be just divine in the bath.

Question for my soap friends - with the exception of lavender, any suggestions for a good blender to go with chamomile?  I've wondered about orange or grapefruit, they both sound interesting.... 




4 comments:

  1. You know, I have noticed that lemongrass accelerates my soap recipe, too. But it is very popular. I just can't make enough of it.

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    1. I haven't used it alot, but I do like it blended. I appreciate your comments!

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  2. What about vanilla extract? I've used chamomile tea and vanilla extract together and the result is very nice.

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    1. Hi Marla - That does sound nice! I just learned a bit about vanilla extract and how it can be used...something else to put in my "must try" file. Thanks for posting!

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