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How I make soap dough

Soap dough for cold process is something I like to call Soap Clay because non soap makers sometimes get this confused with a soap play dough that is sometimes found on the market packaged for children to play with in the bath tub, and the soap (dough) clay I’m posting about in this blog is made for crafting embeds in your cold process projects. The reason that is significant is because this clay shouldn’t be handled without gloves until it is a few days old for craft projects and uncured lye definitely shouldn’t be played with by children. Therefore, this is NOT a project to make and hand off to the kids on their way up to the bath.

Let’s cover the basics in my soap dough formula, and why it is different from the popular recipes that you might find on line.

First, with the publicly published soap clay recipes on the internet they often have expensive exotic butters and oils in the ingredients. Now, I want to be clear, these popular recipes work beautifully and I don’t want to discourage anyone from crafting high end beautiful art. If those are things you want to use or make for others, do it!

However, what happens if you’re just experimenting and trying new ideas and you haven’t touched a paint brush or a ball of clay since the third grade? Right! You wanna practice a few times without breaking your wallet, or without waiting days for exotic oils to arrive from Amazon.

Well, let’s try something a little more ordinary. My soap clay is 90% hard butters and oil and 20% Palm Shortening. Why? Palm shortening has that fluffy, full, supple texture that will make the clay withstand storage for a few weeks. This means it will keep its texture over time and you will get a fine quality soap clay to work on your projects.

Of course, it doesn’t contain that velvety feeling that babassu oil does but when you’re trying for the first time to make a pumpkin but you get three oranges and a hot dog before you get anything that looks like a pumpkin, well, hey, maybe you don’t want to use all the golden oil in one shot. 🙂

Expensive exotic oils can cost 80 cents an ounce while palm shortening can be purchased off the shelves for 4-6 cents an ounce, and guess what, the result is great. Using palm shortening in your clay will give you a soap texture that feels just like smooth modeling clay, and even better it lasts in storage for several weeks.

With this formula you’ll be working on your soap dough creations for weeks and weeks!


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