- This project and these instructions have been written for someone who has experience making soap and knows the potential dangers due to working with sodium hydroxide. It will not outline safety methods of working with dangerous chemicals, it is simply a soap recipe for advanced soapmakers.
- Put on your protective gear. This is very important since you will be working with an extremely caustic base that can and will burn you if you touch it. Noxious fumes are also released from the exothermic reaction that occurs when you mix the sodium hydroxide with water.
- Wear a face mask or leave the vicinity quickly after stirring the sodium hydroxide into the water. If you get any lye on your skin just wash it off quickly with copious amounts of cool water
- Measure water and lye in separate containers. Very carefully, pour lye into water and stir until lye is dissolved.
- Weigh oils and butter and place in microwave safe glass bowl. Microwave on high until butters are melted.
- (Our oil was getting too hot and the cocoa butter was still not melting, so we scooped out the cocoa butter into a cup and heated until it was melted before adding back to the rest of the oils.)
- Prepare your orange colorant by taking about 2 tablespoons of oils and placing in a beaker. Add the Matte Yellow and Matte Red Pigment Powders and stir well. The Mini Mixer works great for this.
- Prepare your fragrance oil in a beaker by measuring the FO and then adding the Vanilla Color Stabilizer. Stir very well.
- You will want the oils and lye water to be close to the same temperature when you pour them. At around 100°F, you can start soaping.
- Place your blender in the oils and tap it on the bottom of the bowl to "burp" it and release any air bubbles.
- Pour the lye water over the shaft of the stick blender. Carefully blend your oils and lye water until the mixture comes to a very light trace.
- Slowly add your fragrance oil while stirring the soap with a spatula.
- NOTE: The Spiced Pumpkin fragrance oil causes the soap to turn orange. If you want the top of your soap to be very white, then wait until after you pour some soap into another cup to add the fragrance oil.
- In a separate measuring cup, pour about 1 cup of traced soap. To the main pot, add the reserved oil that has been colored orange and stir well. Pour this into your loaf mold and then gently lift the mold and tap on the counter to release any air bubbles.
- Add the Matte White Pigment Powder for Oil to the reserved soap in the measuring cup. Use the stick blender to incorporate, then use the spatula to make sure the color is completely stirred in.
- Carefully pour this along the top of your loaf. You can now play with texture on the top, making it look like whipped cream, if you like. A sprinkle of Matte Brown Pigment Powder or Brown Mica Powder down the center of the loaf can look like sprinkled cinnamon.
- Carefully insulate the sides of the loaf with a towel. Allow to sit overnight, uncovered.
- The next morning, carefully unmold the loaf and slice into 8 one-inch pieces. Allow the bars to sit on a cooling rack for 4-6 weeks to cure fully.