Contents | Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Water, Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Mango Butter (Mangifera indica), Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Essential Oil (Ylang Ylang, May Chang, 4 Thieves), Ginseng Powder, Coix Seed Powder, Cinnamon Powder.
Sample bar weight: Approx 55 gms (start of curing)
Full bar weight: Approx 105 gms (start of curing)
Curing completion date | 28 March
Visit the soap store here for more info on the ingredients.
Surprisingly, Panax turned out quite nice despite the crazy pseudo-trace phenomenon I got. I’ll need to soap at a higher temperature (at least 135°F) in order for this to not occur again. Yes, I have decided to keep this recipe as I’d like to have a couple of palm-free soaps. As I would expect, the soap was pretty hard when I unmold this morning (18 hours after bedding) so I could stamp this two hours later and not end up with a distorted image.
This will be the last batch in which the bars are less than 1 inch/2.5 cm thick. I will be going back to cutting 2.5 cm thick bars which will give me around 8 full bars IF I don’t decide to make any samples. At the moment, I am getting five 2.25 cm full bars and five 1.5 cm sample bars. If I go back to cutting 2.5 cm bars, my sample bars will probably be thinner. I intend to make about four to five sample bars per loaf so how I slice up my next loaf will be crucial.
I have been receiving a lot of push to sell my soaps once they are done curing. I am still a bit hesitant because I’m new at this and I don’t want to mess around with people’s skin. On top of that, I’m wary of any possible incidents of rash, allergic reactions and so forth – not that I think it’ll happen. I test all my soaps before I give them out to people to make sure that it’s lye-free and safe for use.
Maybe I am overthinking it. I have everything set up – website, Facebook page, albums, etc. I just need to sum up the courage to announce it officially.