Chichi.ca project: day 6
Today’s Chichi.ca project was carried out in Chichi’s soap lab.
If/when I start selling my soap constantly, I should probably have my signature recipe.
I am thinking about avoiding using palm oil. Apparently, it’s causing decrease in the orangutan population because palm oil is not sustainable. Some suppliers claim that their palm oil is sustainable, but I think it’s safe to just not use it at all.
I am also avoiding using animal fat, such as tallow and lard, in case I have vegetarian or vegan customers.
She uses what she calls “Bastile soap recipe” for most of her soap with intricate designs.
So I tried to make Chichi.ca Easter soap with her recipe, but when I put the colourant…
The trace accelerated tooooo suddenly!!! There were not many things I could have done at that point, so I just pushed the mashed potato-like soap batter into the mold… So sad 😦
Now, an analysis of the unfortunate event for future Chichi.ca success. What went wrong? What could have happened??
- First of all, I shouldn’t have used olive pomace oil, because I heard that it would accelerate the trace faster than pure olive oil or extra virgin olive oil.
- Second, it could have been the fragrance. But I have used this particular fragrance in the past, and I don’t remember having a problem…
- The soap batter accelerated when I added the colourant. So, it might have been just a coincidence, but could it have been the combination of the fragrance and the colourant?
- When the temperature of soap batter is high, it causes a sudden acceleration of the trace. But I was very patient today, and made sure that the oil and lye solution was below 85F.
I don’t have the photo of the soap I made today, so I present to you the soap I made in December, with the same fragrance I used today.