Autumn themed soap making with soothing music🎵
In September all the trees, bushes and plants were still green and the rowan trees started glowing with red ripening berries.
The birds seem to really like the berries. One day there were so many birds flying around a big rowan tree I thought they were having a party :)
I thought I could make use of the berries in a soap somehow and in this video I show you what I came up with.
By now the weather has gotten a lot cooler and the rowan trees have shed their leaves, but the vibrant berries are still decorating the branches.
Thank you for watching!
Please wear proper safety equipment when making soap.
Rowan berry soap recipe:
Recipe calculated with: https://soapee.com/calculator
200 g olive oil (40%)
150 g coconut oil (30%)
100 g shea butter (20%)
50 g castor oil (10%)
Frozen rowan berry infusion 160 g
10 g citric acid + a splash of distilled water
Sodium hydroxide lye:
when adding citric acid: 76 g
without citric acid: 70 g
(30.3 % lye concentration, 5% superfat)
Sprinkle of dried rowan berries
1 tbsp madder root dispersed in olive oil
9 g essential oils
Cure the soap for about 4 weeks before using on your skin.
○ Citric acid information
When citric acid and sodium hydroxide lye (NaOH) are combined, sodium citrate is created. Sodium citrate works as a chelator in soap.
A chelator traps metal ions such as calcium and magnesium that can be found in tap water.
These metal contaminants can cause rancidity and soap scum in handmade soap.
A chelator binds to these metals so that they can’t bind to the soap molecules. This way the soap won’t react with them and the soap’s lather improves + shelf life increases.
Citric acid does not lower the pH of soap. Instead it consumes some of the lye and increases the superfat. Add 6 g extra lye for every 10 g of citric acid added to a soap recipe if you want to keep the superfat % at the same level.
How much citric acid should be added to soap?
Usage rate in bar soap is 1-2% of the oil weight.
How to use citric acid
Add citric acid to the distilled water and dissolve completely before adding the lye, or make a separate solution of citric acid and distilled water and add to the oils.
Soap making equipment
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