Today I made Blender Soap!
The reason I chose to make it in the blender was you don't have to be as accurate on the temperature of the lye or oils, the time to trace is MUCH quicker, separating is greatly reduced and smaller batches are made. Most recipes only make a 1 pound batch at a time.
So today I dove in. I got all my supplies out, prepared my molds and measured out all my oils first.
The most important thing I learned about making ANY kind of cold process soap is to mix your lye solution outside while wearing rubber gloves, safety goggles and a respirator mask. I found my goggles and medical type masks for $1 at a dollar store.
Here is my lye solution after being mixed outside and waiting for the small smokey fumes to clear.
I mixed my lye with a herbal lemon tea that was brewed with distilled water. When using water in soap always use distilled water.
This made the soap a caramel color. I'm not sure if it will remain that color after curing, we will have to wait and see. I also mixed in the tea grounds at trace. That's the spots/specks you see in the soap. The smell so far is lemony.
My soap is now curing on my counter. I hope it comes out well considering I think I blended it too long or used too mach castor oil. It was super thick and did not pour. It was the consistency of a very thick Dairy Queen blizzard shake. You know the ones you can turn upside down and they stay in the cup! lol Time will tell. I hope it feels good on my skin and isn't as drying as commercial soaps.
The recipe I used:
All measurements are by weight
Lemon Zinger Tea Soap
5 oz soybean oil
5 oz olive oil
3 oz lard
3 oz castor oil
5.28 oz distilled water steeped with two lemon zinger tea bags
2.9 oz lye
The contents of the two tea bags added at trace
Next I think I will be making a coffee bar.