Olive Soap Bar (What else can I call it?)
This is the first time I've tried an olive oil soap base so I left it plain and fragrance free so I could see how it set up without any other factors effecting the batch. I was aware that a pure castile soap took a long time to trace so I added 10% palm oil and reduced the water content - it was still a decent amount of time to trace and even longer to be thick enough to make wavy in the mold.
I normally use a lye solution at 500ppt and then add the same amount of water again for my standard Tombar base formula, but for this mainly olive mix I reduced the additional water by 50% - next time I may not add any additional water to speed thing up a bit.
The final formulation went a bit like this:
1800g Olive Oil
200g Palm Oil
526g Lye 500ppt
131.5g Additional Water
100g Cocoa Butter for 5% super fat
Basic cold process soap making method used
I think this soap will need a couple of extra weeks curing time than I normally give my usual recipes (approx six weeks)
Overall I am quite pleased with the result, it produced a nice creamy looking bar - pure and simple enough to try on the kids. It might be a good base to use if you are using fragrances or clays that speed up saponifaction or you simply need more time to play adding multi colours, layers or swirls.
I still need a more catchy name for it!