PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE SOAP TUTORIAL
It’s officially October and fall is in the air… unless you live in AZ like me. “Fall” is that time period that exists between “really flipping hot” and “really flipping cold” so sometimes it’s nice to give that autumn atmosphere a little help with fall scented candles and soaps.
Today I am whipping up a batch of cold process pumpkin cheesecake soap. If you have never made cold process soap before I warn you now- it is addicting. Unlike the melt and pour soaps you find at the local craft stores cold process soaping is a traditional way of making a hard/ long lasting solid soap bar. It requires working with raw oils and butters mixed with NaOh also known as Sodium Hydroxide lye.
⚠️ WARNING ⚠️: Lye is caustic and dangerous to skin and airways. Be sure to wear the correct safety equipment when handling lye- gloves, eye protection, and a face mask. It is often a good idea to wear long sleeves if you are inexperienced and may be prone to splashing. Lye can cause serious burns if it comes into contact bare skin. Do not use aluminium products with lye- it will cause a harmful chemical reaction. Stick to plastic and silicon mixing pots and spatulas. Sterling silver is ok. Also, do not let this warning disuade you, with a little practice working with the chemical becomes second nature.
For this soap bar we will be splitting our soap batter into to two containers to create a layered cheesecake effect. Our end result will be a decadent soap bar inspired by the mouthwatering fancy fall desert. So let’s take a look at. the ingredients we need to create our soap:
Our recipe will have a 6% super fatted and a 33% lye concentration. The total batch weight will be 900g, which is perfect for an average 2lb loaf mold.
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
- Olive Oil 360g (40%) | Buy Here
- Coconut Oil 315g (35%) | Buy Here
- Shea Butter 135g (15%) | Buy Here
- Cocoa Butter 45g (5%) | Buy Here
- Castor Oil 45g (5%) | Buy Here
- Distilled Water 259g
- Lye 128g | Buy Here
- 45g Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance Oil | Buy Here
- Pumpkin Orange Mica (dispersed in light oil of choice) 1/8 tsp | Buy Here
- Yellow Oxide (dispersed in light oil of choice) 1/32 tsp | Buy Here
- Gold Mica (in pump) | Buy Here
- Start by measuring out your distilled water into a plastic container. Then measure your lye carefully (I use a small glass bowl for this part of the process). Once you have weighed your lye add carefully to your water. WARNING: This will create noxious fumes. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area or outside for safety. Do not in hale the fumes. It as also important to always add the lye to the water and not the other way around or you could create a volcanic eruption. A good way to remember this is with the the little memory. device: “snow falls on water.” Give your lye water solution a stir to incorporate and set aside to let it cool out of spilling distance from your work space.
- Next measure out all of your oils and butters into separate container. Once you have measure all of your oils heat to melt and incorporate. This can be done in the microwave using 30 second blasts and vigorous stirring. Be careful not to scorch your oils and make sure there are no solids left floating.
- Once you have melted your oils wait for both it and your lye solution to cool to 100°F/ 38°C. Once at optimal temperature slowly add lye solution into your oil and blend until you reach thin trace. (Thin trace will be a solid color with no oil streaks and resemble thin cake batter). Add in fragrance oil and better sure to incorporate thoroughly.
- Next divide 1/4 of your batter into a different container. This will be the cheesecake “crust.” Into this batter pour in your oil dispersed yellow oxide and blend until you reach medium trace (it will be thick and “gloppy”). Pour this evenly into the base of your mold. Smack the mold a few times on the counter to release air bubbles.
- Next take your original batter (which should still be much thinner as we havent touched it. Add the orange oil disperse mice. Stir with the mixer until incorporated but do not over stir. We want this batter to be thin and workable. Using a spatula pour the orange batter into the mold slowly. We do not want the two batters to mix so we use the spatula to break the surface tension of the batter. Hold the spatula in the mold and pour the batter onto the spatula head, slowly moving back and forth in the mold until all batter has been poured. Take this opportunity to begin cleaning your mess as we need the orange portion to thicken enough to create out soap top design.
- When your orange layer has thickened enough to be manipulated use a spoon to create the topper design of your choice. I used the back of the spoon to push the batter into the middle and created a ridge. Once you are satisfied use your gold mice pump to dust the top of the soap with gold mica.
- When you are absolutely certain you like your soap top spritz with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol. This will prevent your soap from ashing as it releases carbon dioxide. At this point you have the option to gel your soap or not. Gelling soap creates brighter more uniform colors. To force gel I usually wrap foil around the top of my loaf heat my oven to 175°F/ 79°C turn the oven off and let the loaf sit in there for a few hours until I am satisfied with the color and monitoring that it doesn’t overheat and crack. I did not gel this loaf. I like how the partial gel created some bordering that makes it look more like cheesecake to me.
- Wait 24-48hrs. Mine was on the softer side at 24 hrs but I was impatient to cut it so I will have some finger marks and divots to plane away when the bars are harder. Remove from mold and cut bars to desired size. Cold process soap requires 4-6 weeks curing time to complete saponification process. Set aside in cool, dry, dark place and allow bars to harden.
I hope you enjoy this soap tutorial. I cannot wait for these bars to cure, when ready these bars will most likely make their way to the shop for purchase if this recipe felt too labor intensive (and I can understand that). Honestly, soap making is a labor of love and takes practice. I hope you are enjoying the fall season thanks for taking the time to read through this tutorial.0