This soap will also be naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal due to my using colloidal silver as my liquid for this recipe. However because I am not sure how the silver will effect the process this will be a small batch. I don't think that it will cause any issues however. This won't make the soap more expensive to make because I make my own colloidal silver (post coming in the near future.) It isn't expensive to make so it won't really effect the price of making the soap.
|In my closet curing|
After I got to medium trace, I added one ounce of vitamin E oil and mixed for another 30 seconds in order to fully incorporate the vitamin E. I added about a quarter of an ounce of sweet orange essential oil and about a quarter teaspoon of paprika and stirred to combine. At this point I scraped the entire batch into my prepared mold. (a freezer paper lined ice cream bucket) I let the mold rest on the counter for about 20 minutes to firm up a little bit and then added swirls to the top with my spoon.
|I love the frosted look of the soap that is "cooked" in the oven.|
After I finished swirling the soap, I turned the oven to 170* and placed the mold on the center rack. The tutorials that I had read recommended leaving the soap in the oven for one hour. In the mean time I folded laundry, after all what mother of three doesn't have mountains of laundry to fold. As a result of the laundry folding, my soap got left in the oven for about two hours. When I pulled it out, the soap had a really fun texture on the top.
I had to let the soap sit overnight before attempting to cut it. It was still fairly soft the next evening when I pulled it out of the mold to cut. As referenced in my Soap Suds post, I tried a wire this time for cutting. I pulled out some of my 28 gauge copper jewelry wire and wrapped it around posts so that I would not cut my fingers with the wire when I was cutting. Next time I will go with a heavier wire so that it isn't so hard to work with when cutting. After I got the soap cut I was pretty pleased with the results. The soap was still pretty soft when I cut it, but it wasn't soft enough to change the shape of the bars as I cut them. It did influence the straightness of the cuts however.