|Palm Stearic Acid||24 +/-1%|
|Palm Lauric Acid||11 +/-1%|
How to melt :
1. Cut the soap into small pieces to help it melt quickly and evenly. Put in to the thick-bottomed saucepan. Gently heat over a low-medium setting until the mixture is completely liquid. At this stage and whilst still over a low heat.
2. You can add the colour (you can use a food color or spice color). Don't be tempted to over-colour your soaps, especially if using a clear soap base, as the transparency of the finished soap will be affected if too much colour is used. It is at this stage that irridescent powders can be added also, together with other additions for texture, such as oatmeal or desiccated coconut, which are 2 examples of useful and easily availble additions to give an exfoliating texture if desired. Again, be careful not to introduce bubbles if at all possible.
3. Fragrance should be the last addition, as heat will cause some evaporation. Work on around 20ml of fragrance or essential oil per Kilo for a meaningful fragrance (or a few drops per around 70gr soap, is fine). Too much heat will evaporate the fragrance, so avoid this if you can.
4. Once all ingredients are added, pour carefully and slowly into the mould and allow to cool. Very popular with soap-makers these days are Silicone Moulds. There are a huge selection of shapes and sizes of silicone baking moulds available, which are non-stick and very flexible, so ideal for creative soap-making. Larger quantities of soap will require longer time to cool. Do not store your soap in a fridge or cold conditions once it's set. Soap should be stored at normal room temperature and humidity to minimise any 'sweating', which can spoil the surface of your soap.
5. If using a microwave, cut the soap into small chunks and put into a suitable sized microwaveable container, make sure you cover the container with Saran Wrap to keep the excess moisture from evaporating out. Simply use the microwave on full power for a few seconds at a time, checking to see when the chunks have melted fully. Around 5-20 seconds for a single soap bar (70-100gr) batch.