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One of my goals this summer was to start a line of liquid soaps! So I researched a lottttt and finally got around to making my first batch of liquid soap. I thought the whole batch of soap was going to be a complete fail because nothing seemed to be going the right way according to everything I read about liquid soapmaking. However, I think it actually turned out pretty good. Here are some pictures from my soaping venture!!
First, I added all the oils together. Since I am making liquid soap, I have to use potassium hydroxide instead of lye. This was right after I added the KOH.
Yahoo things were looking great!! This is exactly what was supposed to happen after awhile of stick blending! It supposed to go from cloudy to clear.
Okay this is when I started getting worried. For some odd reason, the soap went back to the cloudy stage after the clear stage. Yall, that is not supposed to happen so I was freaking out a little bit, but I decided to keep going even though I had no idea what was going on.
The next morning, this is what the stuff looked like. Now, this is actually not that bad. When you make liquid soap, you are making a 'soap paste' which you add water to after this stage. The only bad part: this is pretty cloudy when it is supposed to be clear. I figured I would still keep going and if the soap turned out cloudy, I would kick this whole batch to the curb (AKA put it in my bathroom to use up!) I also tested this soap paste with a pH indicator which told me that the pH was stable for skin. So the venture continues.
I heated the soap paste back up in the crockpot and added water to the mix. It took a whole 24hours for the soap paste and the water to mix all the way together. (Uhhh if you are keeping track of the time, yes it took me about 3 and a half days to finish four bottles of liquid soap....) Finally when it finished it was a little cloudy which I expected, but still great soap! But then....
I let the soap settle for about a day and look! The end result was clear (not cloudy!) liquid soap! This is super exciting.
However, even after all that jazz, what it comes down to is that it took three days to make this stuff, which that is a crazy amount of time compared to the research I did online. Somewhere I did something wrong, but in the end the soap turned out great. I'm off for more trial and error of liquid soap, but hopefully will have this recipe down pat and can start selling it by the fall!
I came up with my own recipe for this soap. It is made with coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, and castor oil. I scented this batch with Blue Fir - a blend of grapefruit, fir needle, and coriander essential oils.
PS - Revive never tests our products on animals, so that is why we need YOU! If you are interested in testing out our liquid soap, please leave your email in a comment so I can be in contact with you! Testing the soap will cost $5 - this covers the cost of materials plus shipping the item to you. You will be required to write a review on the product after you have been using it for awhile. Please let me know if you are interested!
Have a Reviving day and GO TEAM USA!!!!!!