“Passion” Soap (Superfat)
Contents | Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)(*), Palm Oil (Elaeis guineensis)(*), Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) Juice, Tangelo Zest, Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) Extract, Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Essential Oil, Neroli (Citrus aurantium) Essential Oil, Sandalwood Amayris (Amyris balsamifera) Essential Oil.
Sample bar weight: Approx 70 gms (start of curing)
Full bar weight: Approx 127 gms (start of curing)
Curing completion date | 2 March
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* Ingredients sourced from sustainable and/or organic farming
This is my first log using fruit juice as well as my own lye solution from scratch. My previous logs have been made with pre-made lye solution which I just heat up in a double boiler/bain maire and use as is. While pre-made lye solutions are quick and simply – just pour out of a bottle and use – what you can do with it is limited as it doesn’t allow you to do things like water discount or play around with liquids and purees.
The hubby bought some passion fruit over the weekend since it was going for cheaper than usual and I thought why not get some extra fruit for soapmaking. Since it’s winter and the season for oranges, he bought some tangelos – a cross between grapefruit and orange/clementine/whatever (I forgot but it looks like a tangelo) – as well and I decided to spend some time at night while the two kids were in bed grating up zest from them. I set them out to dry on some paper towels over my heater and by the next day, they were ready.
I wanted something not too strong yet still natural in terms of fragrance and remembered that I purchased some aromatic extract (it’s natural flavoring made from passion fruit juice, sugar syrup and 30% alcohol). This together with a citrusy blend of essential oils makes for a very delicate yet sweet and not too overpowering scent.
I’m in love.
Of course, after I made the soap, I discovered that adding too much citrus juice can neutralize the lye and as my soap was saponifying, I wondered if I would end up with soap. It was the longest 24 hours ever since I first starting making soap. I even had time to blog and search the Net for metal switchplates (don’t ask!). I was peeking under the insulation to see if anything funky was happening. When I finally saw that I got gel – 6 hours into saponification – I literally jumped up and down. Hubby thought I went insane! He hasn’t seen this batch of soap yet so lets see what he says when he gets back. Hehehe.
By the way, did you notice that the shape of the soaps are different this time?