If you are a soap maker who brings your creations out to the farmers market it is super important to make a product that catches the eye of the passers-by when they browse past your table. This means everyone loves the cupcakes and colorful piped creations, but when they decide on what they want to take home what is it everyone settles on?
We’re going to show you our recipe that is the number one seller at market tables. It’s not the eye candy you might think, and I have a few ideas as to why this happens.
The most popular hot process soap product is a golden bar with Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey.
The main reason for this might be that it is easily recognizable as a product that someone would pick up in the average commercial super market, and when one is brave enough to try something new, it is an item that still falls in the realm of familiar. People know what Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey is, but they might not know what Mermaid Kisses is, so familiar hold weight with customers. Also, the fragrance is incredible. We've been making soap for several years and still this is the favorite small and always ends up in my personal shower. It's really no wonder that its so popular.
Another thing to note, is that it looks like soap. We love getting creative and bringing color and design to everything we make, but soap can look like candy and food once it gets too colorful. There's nothing wrong with that, but some people want their soap to look like soap. So out of the most basic recipes, this one sells twice as much as all the other bars we put on display.
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This hot process soap recipe will yield one 3 lb. loaf that you can cut into 11 pieces at aprox. 5.5 to 6 oz bars. First let's get together our ingredients:
6.7 oz. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide Crystals) - If you aren't familiar with working with lye, please review our lye safety article and the basics in hot process soap making.
18.24 oz. Water - Distilled bottled water
Instructions: (Of course, pre-prep with your safety gear: glasses, mask, long sleeves, and gloves)
ONE - First measure your water and lye. Mix them together carefully making your lye water solution. Remember: the lye crystals are slowly poured into the water, not the other way around. Set this aside.
TWO - Weigh and mix your oils. You can do this in a bowl or directly put both your soft and hard oils in the crock pot with it turned on. They will melt together in no time.
THREE - Add them into the crock pot and blend everything together with your stick blender until everything is emulsified. Allow this to cook and begin to go through its saponification stages. In the meantime, while the soap is cooking we will prep our additional ingredients. First, you probably bought full oats, so you'll want to grind these into a fine powder in your blender. I like to get them into a fine dust. They will expand when they soak up water, so the final result will be bigger particles than the dry dust.
And additional note about adding oatmeal. In the past I have made these bars with steel cut oats. Those are the hard little rocky oats that look like balls. That makes for a very rough bar, and I have had that requested from men as a tough exfoliating bar. Personally, it's a bit much and the pieces are too big for my preference, but people do ask for it and so we sometimes make it with steel cut oats.
It's helpful to turn your gold mica powder into an oil before you add it to the soap. Hot process is hard to blend in the final stages and a powdered colorant wont make it through the bar if you don't turn it into a liquid. We do this by adding about 3 tbsp. of light oil to the powder and stir.
The bars will already be a natural color but this will give them that honey glistening look. Set this aside until you're ready to use it. Next, we want to turn our powdered goat's milk into a soft cream. We will be using 3 scoops of powdered goats milk. Don't worry about the dilution instructions on the goat's milk container. We aren't drinking this, and we don't want to add a considerable amount of extra water to the recipe. So, we're going to use about 5 oz. of water, just enough to blend the powder into a cream.
Now that we have these things prepped and set aside, we're going to check on the crock pot. Withing about 20 minutes your soap should be going into phase 1 of the hot process. This may be a thick solid that is starting to have liquid separating on the edges.
Mix this back together and loosen the batter. Put the cover back on and check on it in about 30 minutes. Phase two will look something like this....
This stage has been said to look like apple sauce. It is usually loose and bubbly. Mix it all back together and put the cover on it to cook for the final phase. Check on it again in about 30 minutes. Once your soap begins to look like this it is nearly done...
You can see the change in color and texture in this final phase. Most importantly, you'll notice that it takes on a glassy look live Vaseline. Mix this together and unplug the crock pot. We want the recipe to start cooling down at this point. Continue to mix the soap so that it doesn't dry out on the edges.
FOUR - Once the temperature of the batter has come down to under 120 degrees add all of your extra ingredients that you've set aside. Mix in the gold mica oil, the goat's milk, the oats, the honey, and finally the fragrance oil. Mix this until it is fully incorporated into the recipe.
FIVE - Transfer the finished product into your loaf mold and allow this to set up for 24 hours. This recipe is usually ready to cut in as little as 12 hours.
Once your soap is ready to cut, you'll get a beautiful bar ready for the market in 24 hours.
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