Testing 1 month old Olive Oil Soap and making a batch of green tea soap

I tested some of the very first batch of soap I made one month ago. Though I enjoyed how it handled in the shower, a day later it was basically a pile of goo when picked up. This is either from the cheap $1 store ingredients used or for not letting the soap cure long enough. Every two weeks, I’ve broken a bar in half to look inside and they are mostly raw, pinkish inside. I don’t know whether it is still curing or if the curing has somehow malformed within the center of the bar. Either way, I will test another bar a month from now to compare how the bars acted at the 1 month point.

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Now, tonight’s batch:

Here is the same lard/coconut recipe I used two nights ago. I’ve altered it so that instead of using lye water, I’ve made green tea to replace the water. The batter has come out a muddy brown, but its not so muddy that it won’t still pass as a tea soap.

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The other bars of lard/coconut I made have cured very well. I was worried about the dry rings in the center, but based on some advice from message boards I’ve just shaved those off while slimming up the bar with a paring knife. These are now very angular, smooth bars of soap. I’m almost confident enough to use them right now, but nonetheless will let them cure a month before trying one. Since I have many shaved slices from my alterations, I will try these scraps in the shower and save the full bars to gift to people.

Here is the lard/coconut recipe I’ve been using:

INGREDIENTS

Fats, oils and butters

  • 480 grams lard
  • 120 grams coconut oil

Lye solution

  • 85 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 228 grams distilled water

Scent (if you wish) can be added at trace

  • 20 to 36 grams of your favorite essential oils or fragrance oils (you will need a little over 30  milliliters bottle the equivalent of about one fluid ounce).
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