Saturday, September 3, 2016

Making Pumpkin Soap

Fall is approaching fast and I am guilty that I am one of those Fall Fanatics! I've already went through a whole Pumpkin Spice Scentsy wax! So, let't go through our first tutorial on how to make Pumpkin Soap!

    What You'll Need:
  • 3.2 oz. Lye
  • 1 Cup Distilled Water
  • 6.5 oz. Coconut Oil
  • 6.5 oz. Palm Oil
  • 7.5 oz. Olive Oil
  • 1.3 oz. Castor Oil
  • 1 ml. Vitamin E
  • Pumpkin Essential oil or Fragrance Oil
  • 1 tsp. Tumeric
  • Stick Blender
  • Seperate mixing bowl just for soap
  • Measuring cups
  • Seperate rubber spatula just for soap

First you'll want to mix up your lye solution and set it aside. I do ours outside in a well ventilated area and since I don't want any of those fumes to go to my growing baby, I cover my face with a towel.
Your lye will get to about 200 degrees, so be careful! Once this is mixed well, make sure you have a thermometer in there and find the easiest way for you to cool this lye solution down. We put ours in the fridge and freezer until it gets to temperature. You'll want it between 100 & 110 degrees.
While that's cooling down, go mix up your oils.

To mix your oils, this is the super easiest part. Just start measuring and put into a large mixing bowl. We use a scale to make sure measurements are correct. You always want to measure soap in weight, not volume.
Once you have all the oils (minus the essential oils, vitamin e, & colorant), you can gently stir to mix them all together.

Go ahead and set your oils aside and check on your lye solution. This will be your only down time in making soap.

Once your lye has reached temperature you'll get your stick blender ready and go ahead and carefully add the lye solution to your oil mixture.

Now comes the most crucial part in soapmaking (in my opinion). Use your stick blender and start blending in short bursts. You'll want to stop just as it starts getting pudding-like. You still need to hand mix in the fragrance and colorant so you want to leave room for that action. Ultimately you'll want to end up with just under pudding texture. Smooth enough to pour into molds, not scoop.

Once you have the desired consistency, you can add in your Vitamin E and your essential oils or fragrance oils. How much you add is totally up to you.
Hand stir these in gently and once you have that finished you can add in your colorant. For the pumpkin I used tumeric as a natural colorant. Not to mention now wonderful tumeric is for your skin! If you don't know how great it is. . google it!
For my colorant, I just mixed the tumeric with a little bit of water, just enough to get it to a liquid consistency. Then gently hand stir into your soap and you've got beautiful orange pumpkin soap!

Once you have your desired color, desired fragrance, and desired texture .. you are ready to pour into molds and let cure.
Once in molds, you'll want to set in a dark cool place and cover with a piece of cardboard and then towels to keep it insulated. The soap will stay with way basically until you feel comfortable unmolding it. Usually takes about 4 - 7 days.
When you have gained enough confidence to take your lovely bars of soap out of their temporary homes, you'll want to keep them stored on a rack so that they can breathe all the way around the soap. They will need flipped at least once a week and they will stay here for about 4 - 6 weeks until curing is done. Yes, it's a lengthy process, but oh so fun!

Good luck! If you have any questions please feel free to email us or leave comments.
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