Making Transparent Soap

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which makes it look transparent. There is no magic number when it comes to the quantity of solvents required for a particular recipe. it yielded my first successful batch of transparent soap. although it would be difficult to go below 70% (140 Proof).Introduction Transparent soap is basically partly soap and partly solvent. A good way to find the right quantity of solvents is to start by calculating a 60% soap/40% solvent ratio and then a 50% soap/50% solvent ratio. in order to make it transparent. transparency will exist somewhere in that range. depending on your formula. Sodium Hydroxide causes crystals to form in soap and that is why the soap becomes opaque. I modified it because I use 75. transparency will exist in a narrow window within a range. you have to dissolve the soap in enough solvent to make the crystals so small that the light will freely pass through the soap. It is a good basic recipe and it works. Formulas can be adapted to use with the Alcohol you can find.5% Alcohol instead of the 70% Alcohol used in the original recipe. .

you may have to tip it on its side somewhat so you can use your stick blender to mix the oils and the lye solution. lots of spoons. a spray bottle with Ethanol in it. Measure your oils and heat them up in the slow cooker. if you use a larger crock pot. a large pot with a spout. Preheat your oven to 80oC (if it will go that low. you will use the slow cooker to bring your soap to gel). assemble your supplies and clear 5 to 6 hours off your schedule. pour the lye solution into the oils and stir with the stick blender. anything smaller would not work for this recipe. some seal plastic wrap and a small plastic strainer. Put a clear cup or glass in the freezer. colorants (food colorants work). it should take only a few minutes to get to a good medium trace. . you will need it to test the transparency of your soap. FO or your favorite perfume. Mix the lye (NaOH) with 170 grams of water and set aside to cool.Method First. if not. You will also need a wisk. I use a 4 liter slow cooker. When the oils and the lye are about 60oC.

put the cover on the soap and put it in an 80oC oven for 1. but it should not take more than 2 hours.Method At that point. . your soap should be neutral (PH of 9 . The entire soap mass should be in the gel stage and look like somewhat like this: Stir it and test it either with phenolphthalein (if you have any) or litmus paper. there should be no zap :) (To test using Litmus paper. if you don't mind the "tongue test".10.5 hour. just leave the soap in the slow cooker on warm and check it after an hour to see if it is going through the gel stage. this should give you a good reading). (If your oven won't go that low. Try to minimize water loss because we already took a big water discount).5 is fine). After 1. dissolve some of the soap into a little bit of water and apply the paper to the soap.5 hour. I am not sure how long it will take for the soap to become neutral that way.

off heat. take the time to break the big lumps. start pouring into the soap mass while stirring with a whisk.Method When you are certain that your soap is "neutral". Pour the Ethanol/Glycerin mixes in slowly. Measure 383 grams of Ethanol and 85 grams of Glycerin. Keep your head away from the bowl otherwise you will get an instantaneous hang over . All the soap will not dissolve completely right way. you will have pieces of soap floating in a soupy mixture of Ethanol/Glycerin and dissolved soap. but do not panic and go too fast. That's alright. Make sure you get all the soap that sticks to the sides and the bottom of the bowl. the little lumps will dissolve during the cook.).. Finish with the stick blender or a potato masher. You must work quickly in order to minimize the loss of Ethanol. it is time to mix in the Ethanol and the Glycerin. anything that will break the bigger pieces. taking time to break up lumps of soap. Mix the Glycerin into the Ethanol and then. Start the kitchen fan. Ethanol vapors are highly flammable and you don't want them to accumulate in your kitchen .

. Some of it won't want to go back into the solution and will float on top. you may have to start it on high for a few min. the temperature should be between 70 . turn off the heat. .80oC. then put it back on warm) for 30 . Cook on warm (depending on your slow cooker. Prepare your sugar syrup. Heat 113 grams of water to a boil. then let simmer covered for 1 . Stir with a clean spoon. spray that down with some Ethanol in a spray bottle.2 min to make sure all the sugar is well dissolved. we will address that a bit later. I have a very cheap slow cooker wrap around the edge of the lid to prevent the loss of Ethanol while the soap cooks. Check it once in a while.45 min. After 30 .40 minutes of cooking time.Method Put the cover back on the crock pot insert and put the insert back in the slow cooker. do not worry. check to see if the soap is well dissolved. Turn the heat back on and bring it back to a boil. there will be a layer of foamy soap on top. this is normal. pour in 227 grams of sugar and stir until all the sugar is dissolve.

put the cup in the freezer for 5 . . mash it and scent it. it made a nice little hand soap. and pour a little bit of the clear soap stock on it to test the transparency. Get the cup you put in the freezer before you began the soap. If your soap looks milky.10 min and look at it again. Take a large soup ladle and skim the foamy soap from the top. add a little bit of glycerin to it and pour it in a mold. This time I had 82 grams of foamy soap. put that in a small dish. but it may not be. it needs more solvents.Method Pour the sugar solution into the soap and stir. At first the soap sample may look transparent.

. as long as you keep the mixture around 70oC. (For a total of 397 grams of Ethanol. (That is what happened to me this time). We are working from an existing recipe that we know works. Do not panic at this time and think the soap will go bad if you have to make more than one test. I added 14 grams of Ethanol. I added 57 grams of glycerin. so the solvent requirements should be pretty close to the numbers provided. so I added 57 grams of sugar dissolved in 28 grams of water. In my case. You may have lost some of the Ethanol during cooking time so your soap is not transparent yet. you can take all night to adjust it if you want. Finally. My soap was still not transparent enough. just make sure to spray some Ethanol on it and then put the cover on to minimize the loss of Ethanol in between tests. because there are a lot of factors that can influence the final results. even good ones. 28 grams at a time. 283 grams of sugar in 142 grams of water and 142 grams of glycerin).Method That is when making transparent soap can test your patience. the soap is perfectly fine on warm setting in the crock pot. I didn't have to do that the last time I made that soap that shows that you may have to adjust recipes.

I poured through a strainer. . to keep any soap flecks or foam out of the final soap stock. let the soap cool to about 60oC before you add the colors and the fragrance. so it was time to pour the soap into a jar to let it cool down a little. Cover the jar with some stretch film plastics and insert a thermometer.Method I finally had a clear sample.

just to make sure) If you can. put the molds in the fridge. scent and colors it. . it should dissolve). put the molds in the freezer. the more transparent the soap. (There will be a skin on top of the soap. if you do not have enough space in the freezer.Method When your soap has cooled off to 60oC. then pour it into molds. a good spray of Ethanol should take care of it. spray it with a little Ethanol and then mix it. the faster the cool off. You may have some foam on top of the soap after you pour it in the molds. (Note: I pour my soap in my molds through a small strainer.

check the soap. take it out of the freezer and wait about 5 min. you will have to adjust the solvents and you may end up with a soft sticky soap. during those two weeks. it will become harder and even more transparent. Be careful not to touch it too much. Let the soap dry and cure for about 2 weeks before you use it. if it is hard enough. because at this point. Note: Home made transparent soap is different from M&P. before you pop the soap out of the mold. . A skin will form on top of the soap. but be prepared to add Ethanol. you can take from the mold it. you will leave fingerprints on it. If you absolutely have to re-melt the soap. glycerin and sugar solution again. it will loose its transparency. if you try to melt it again.Method After a few hours. polish it with Ethanol and then wrap in shrink wrap to keep the humidity out. do it as soon as possible after making it.

Basic Recipe Ingredients Coconut Oil Palm Oil Corn Oil Water NaOH Ethanol 95% Glycerin Sugar Water for sugar Fragrance Quantity 397 153 235 268 129 274 58 107 9 23 Unit grams grams grams grams grams grams grams grams grams grams .

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