Master Batch Oils #15 for soap

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The Plan & Reality:
I prefer a soaping recipe of 60% hard oils. Coconut & Palm (or Tallow or Lard) are in that category, as well as all butters (even though some are harder than others). I typically use 25% each of Coconut oil and Palm – a mix of Palm Kernel Flakes & Palm oil.

Just as in the last two batches, I kept the Palm down to 20%, as with 92F Coconut oil, the soap is really hard. (15% Palm oil and 5% Palm Kernel Flakes.) I used 12% butters, with 4% each of of Avocado, Cocoa, and Shea. That drops my hard oils down to 57%. (I replaced the Mango butter I had been using with Avocado butter, as I ran out of Mango and have lots of Avocado.)

I always like to include 5% Castor oil for lather (above 5% seems to cause acceleration – same with Rice Bran oil). I like Rice Bran oil, as it is similar to butters for luxuriousness and healing properties. I recommend you use your favorites for the rest of the oils. I have a variety of oils that have some wonderful skin loving properties and like to use a little of each.

For this batch, I swapped the percentages of Olive Oil and Sunflower, using 8% Sunflower Seed Oil and 10% Olive Oil. I’ve never been much of a fan of Olive oil (preferring Sunflower and Avocado), however my thoughts have changed on that, as I made a batch of Castile soap (100% Olive Oil – the only oil). I used 100% Extra Virgin Olive oil in that batch and have a bar for personal use that I am really loving. And Costco keeps dropping the price of Olive Oil too (it used to be $32 for 6 Liters, then $26, now it’s $24.)

Here’s the new formula/recipe:

Recipe: 600 oz oils/37.5 lb (makes 880 oz/ 55 lbs of soap):
5%     Apricot Kernel Oil                 30 oz       850 grams
4%     Avocado Butter                      24 oz       680 grams
5%     Avocado Oil                            30 oz       850 grams
5%     Castor Oil                                30 oz       850 grams
4%     Cocoa Butter (Golden)          24 oz       680 grams
25%   Coconut Oil (92 degree)     150 oz     4252 grams
5%     Grape Seed Oil                       30 oz       850 grams
10%   Olive Oil                                  60 oz     1700 grams
5%     Palm Kernel Flakes               30 oz       850 grams
15%   Palm Oil                                   90 oz     2552 grams
5%     Rice Bran Oil                           30 oz       850 grams
4%     Shea Butter (refined)             24 oz      680 grams
8%     Sunflower Seed Oil                48 oz     1361 grams
Total oils: 600 oz/ 17,006 grams

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I melted all of these oils in containers in a microwave oven, then mix them together in a huge bucket and divide into five – 1 gallon jugs, then put in a refrigerator until needed (this slows down the aging of the oils.)

I entered this recipe into a Lye Calculator (I used Bramble Berry’s (found here) (https://www.brambleberry.com/calculator?calcType=lye#) at my usual 5% Super Fat and then resized the batch two dozen times to get different batch sizes. (I also adjusted the super fat on some for facial soap.) I then copied those down, with calculations included for the additives – here are some examples:

Master Batch Oils #15: 100 oz Oils (Makes 142 oz/8.87 lb soap)
MB Oils: 100 oz/ 2835 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 14.11 oz / 400 grams
Distilled Water: (3.55 oz disc/ % disc): 28 oz / 765 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 28 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 28 grams (in oils)
Extract (1%): 28 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Extract (1%): 28 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Master Batch Oils #15: 80 oz Oils (Makes 113 oz/7 lb soap)
MB Oils: 80 oz/ 2268 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 11.29 oz / 320 grams
Distilled Water: (4.4 oz disc/ % disc): 22 oz / 624 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 23 grams (in in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 23 grams (in oils)
Extract (1%): 23 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Extract (1%): 23 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Master batch Oils #15: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz /5.3 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 8.46 oz / 240 grams
Distilled Water: (1.93 oz disc/ % disc): 17 oz / 482 grams
OR Distilled Water: (3.8 oz disc; 19.2 % disc): 16 oz / 453 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 17 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 17 grams (in oils)
Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Master batch Oils #15: 40 oz Oils (Makes 56 oz soap)
MB Oils: 40 oz/ 1134 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.64 oz / 160 grams
Distilled Water: (1.62 oz disc/ % disc): 11 oz / 312 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Master batch Oils #15: 30 oz Oils (Makes 43 oz soap)
MB Oils: 30 oz/ 851 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 4.23 oz / 120 grams
Distilled Water: (1.46 oz disc/ % disc): 8 oz / 227 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 9 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 9 grams (in oils)
Extract (1%): 9 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Extract (1%): 9 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

 

 

Conclusions:
I mistakenly defrosted some Hazelnut oil (I freeze all my oils to stop the ageing process) – although I think it really was my sub-conscious suggesting that since I’ve upped the Olive oil to 10%, it might be good to lower the green from the Grape Seed and Olive oils, by replacing the Grape with the more neutral Hazelnut. However I didn’t figure that out until after adding the Grape Seed and in the middle of pouring in the Olive oil, so I will save the Hazelnut for another time.

I will see how this works out, but something to think about for the next batch.

 

For Additional Resources – click on the links below:

Soaping Oils Recipes:

Master Batch #13 & #14
Master Batch #12
Master Batch #10 & #11 oils – plus additional information on oils & butters
Master Batch #8 & 9 oils
Master Batch #7 oils
Master Batch #6 oils
Master Batch #5 oils
Master Batch #4 oils
Master Batch #3 oils

Shampoo Recipes:

Shampoo Master Batch Oils #3 (formulated to promote hair growth & decrease hair loss)
Shampoo Master Batch Oils #2 – new and improved!
Shampoo Master Batch Oils #1

Salt Bar Recipes:
Salt Master Batch Oils #3
Salt Master Batch Oils #2 (“Everything But the Kitchen Sink”)
Salt Master Batch Oils #1

 

 

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