Awhile back I ordered the wrong Palm Oil from Soapers Choice (love their FAST delivery!) It was Red. Yes, red palm oil. So I let it sit and soaped with the oils I was familiar with. This week, low on oils, I saw the big red oily bottle staring at me and started to play.
I made two recipes. The first was 13 oz of Olive Oil, 3 Oz of Castor, 3 of sweet almond and then 13 oz of the red palm oil. Kinda gruesome as I mixed and poured. I added no other colors but did scent with some Geranium Rose EO. It came to trace very quickly.
Really too bright for me
But hard, oh man is this bar hard. I cut it the next morning but could have cut it 4 hours after pouring.
So onto batch two where I used much less of the Red Palm only 5 oz and then 8 oz of coconut oil along with the same amounts of the Castor and sweet almond oil. The batter looked just as red as the one above where the Red Palm oil amount was double. It also traced quickly. Again, I did not add any other colors but scented this one with pure Lemongrass EO one of my all time favorite scents.
Strangely the two bigger molds of the different batches resulted in bars of almost identical color saturation but the two smaller flower molds, one with the first batter and one made with the second showed very different color intensities.
Which made me wonder about the gelling process. My flower molds are very shallow and I'm guessing the raw soaps from both recipes never fully gelled. Still I unmolded both of them the next day and the bars are rock hard just four days later.
Of course, I can never wait till I think a bar is fully cured (4-6 weeks) before I play with it and sure enough on day 4 I was lathering up these bars. The results: fair to good lather that was yellow tinged but did not stain my skin. And after rubbing and washing for a couple minutes, the lather rinsed clean and left my hands feeling very soft.
Just to prove, once again...looks aren't everything.
Do you make soap with red palm oil? What are your experiences? Suggestions? Care to share a recipe you love ?