After making a batch of 100% coconut oil soap, I decided to try another single oil soap just for fun. I picked shea butter, mainly because I really like it. However, being considered a hard oil, I wasn’t sure how this soap would behave while mixing or how it would perform as soap. I was a bit surprised by both. I made a short video of my process including a lather test. :)I decided not to scent this soap just to see how the oil and lye alone would behave. The final soap definitely smells like shea butter. As the days go by, the scent does get fainter. I did a lather test after a few days of making it and included it in the video (towards the end). The lather is virtually non-existent and feels more like a silky lotion. After 4 weeks of curing, the lather test results remains the same.
Shea Butter – 100%
Superfat – 5%
Water = 2.2 x sodium hydroxide (31% lye solution)
To calculate the sodium hydroxide for your specific recipe/mold size, you can use a soap calculator like the one at Majestic Mountain Sage: http://goo.gl/7hH5Vw
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