Currently on the cure rack is a batch of almond biscotti cocoa soap. I made this CP soap three weeks ago hoping that it will be ready it time for Christmas gifting to family and friends. Usually, I will wait until the last-minute to shop for presents but soapmaking forces you to plan 4 – 6 weeks ahead of time.
I also had a chance to break in my shiny new silicone soap mold (in the background).
The soap uses blend of coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter. This was supposed to be a neutral cream-colored soap but at the last-minute, I threw in a bit of cocoa powder for an interesting contrast.
I added a medium amount of fragrance per the supplier’s recommendations. The aroma was quite strong initially but now has mellowed to a pleasant almond cookie-like scent. I am always tempted to sniff a bar when I walk past the curing shelf.
I expected fragrance to discolor the soap dark tan but was happy that the soap stayed a nice cream color.
Waiting for CP soap is cure is about exciting as watching water evaporate so to amuse myself, I have tested several soap batches while they cure. I have monitored pH, weight loss, hardness, scent and appearance. I realize not all soap makers do this much testing but as a person with a heavy science/math background, I like experiments and crunching numbers. I’ll discuss in detail my test results in a future post.
In just a couple of weeks, this batch will be ready to use!