Wednesday, October 17, 2012

BCO Shampoo Bars are ready! Wheatgrass and Black Tea Leaf Acne Wash is ready!

Whew! Two days have passed and I have been working intensely on Black Castor Oil Shampoo Bars and Wheatgrass and Black Tea Leaf Acne Wash. The wash can be used on face and body and is based in a castille-like soap with additives sulfur, wheatgrass and black tea leaf. The BCO Shampoo bar is comprised of the very same ingredients found int he BCO Infusion for Hair.

I hot-processed both products with KOH and it took FOREVER to trace enough to get soap paste.

Pictured (l to r) Sulfurirzed Body Wash for Acne, Black Castor Oil Shampoo Bars. photo credit: Leslie Jones McCloud

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cooking Soap, Rebatching Soap

I am rebatching my Black Castor Oil Soap because it is too soft for my liking. I used KOH because that is all I have — or so I thought. When I first started soaping, I unknowingly used caustic soda to make liquid soap paste. It is cloudy so I don't use it.
BCO soap/shampoo bar rebatch. Too soft for my liking. (photo credit Leslie Jones McCloud)
Instead, I have incorporated the liquid soap in both my BCO soap/shampoo bar and my Sulfur Skin Soap. I intend to follow the old saying physician heal thy self so I make soap to solve my particular set of skin conditions. I have oily skin prone to break outs and I have large pores. We will see how this turns out for me.

I'm cooking my Sulfur Face Soap down to paste: I added a previously made  liquid hand soap. It is hydrated with lavender hydrosol. Since I did not measure out the lye first, I only had 1.1 oz of caustic soda. I poured the KOH out in a separate container to finish out the lye requirement. I used lavender distillate for the water portion. Since this is just for me, it is okay to do. I run all of my recipes through a lye calculator to be exact. (photo credit: Leslie Jones McCloud)
Now, we wait. I like being able to write on my blog while I wait for soap paste to cook. I use hot-process to  quicken the soap process. It is better during clean-up too because I already have soap to wash the pans!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Welcome to Soapa!

Photo credit: Leslie Jones McCloud
I like natural products so I make my own infusions. Pictured are (l to r) Rosemary Oil, Rose Oil and Vanilla Extract.