I'm officially in love.

Posted by Titanium Wild , 22 February 2011 6:50:00 pm

With what you may ask?
Coconut cream.
Or, more specifically, my latest soap, a coconut cream Castille, scented with geranium, bergamot and mandarin essential oils.
Traditionally, a true Castille is made from simply olive oil, lye and water, and is known for it's unique feel which is due to the high oleic fatty acid content of olive oil. Some people, myself included, find this feel to be, um, slimy, and not overly pleasant. However, olive oil soaps are known to be incredibly mild, so, being stubborn by nature, I wanted to see if I could find an ingredient that would still keep to the traditional recipe as much as possible, but that would cut down on the slime factor somewhat!
Coconut cream was 'that' ingredient.

I made a small 4 bar batch, and am so glad that I did. What a beautiful soap it has turned out to be with a thick, lotion-like lather......and NO slime! As a bonus, it smells absolutely divine.
Usually Castille soap is cured, and considered much better for it, for months rather than weeks, as is the norm with other cold process soap.
With this in mind, I cannot wait to see just how good this lovely soap feels in around 3 months time.

uncut Castille fresh out of the mould.

2 Response to "I'm officially in love."

Cocobong Soaps Says:

Very interesting! I've yet to make Castille soap that I like and doesn't produce the sneezy slime of a lather. Gave up on it altogether.

Soap, fairies, and everything in between Says:

Honestly Cocobong, you should try it. I made a very small batch (400g olive oil), and used 50g coconut cream made into a paste with hot water and added at trace. The soap is honestly very nice......I detest the slime factor of the ordinary Castille, so was very surprised that this batch was slime free!
I'll make another batch, same ingredients, at the weekend and check that it wasn't just a fluke.

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