I tried making a 100% olive oil soap just using extra-virgin olive oil, sodium hydroxide and water - 5% superfatting, no fragrances. I used the cold process method. It came to a trace fairly quickly and when it reached a custard-like consistency, I poured it into a mould, covered it and left it on the top of our boiler for two days so that it could keep warm. When I took it out of the mould, it looked almost perfect. Left it to stand for more than five weeks in a dry place, and then tried using it. It is very gentle to the skin and lathers quite well, but tends to go too soft when it comes into contact with water and turns almost jelly-like. Do you think the hot process could yield better results or is it just a matter of waiting longer for the soap to season properly? Could sodium lactate help in improving the consistency of the bars and make them last longer?
Posted by paola
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