4.22.2013

candelilla wax in soap

This is what it's like outside today...more snow.  It's supposed to stop snowing this evening, and I hope it does because this is getting old! 




Now, about the candelilla wax....

I wanted to use it because I've never tried it in soap before...and also because I have a big bag of it.  I don't think I'll ever use it up because my usage amounts are so small.  But if this batch works out, then great...I'll have another use for the wax!

When substituting candelilla wax for beeswax, you're supposed to reduce the amount in half because it has twice the stiffening power of beeswax.  For my recipe, because the amount of candelilla wax needed was so small, I used it as an additive.  I did not include it as part of my oils, as you would with beeswax.  Candelilla wax also speeds up trace, just as beeswax does.

candelilla wax

I melted the wax along with the hard oils...then when I mixed all the oils together and added the lye water, I thought it was going to set up in a hurry but it didn't.  I had a little time to work with it, but once I got the pink color ready to do a swirl, I could see it moving along, so quickly poured the batter into the mold and had to layer the pink on top...then using a spoon, I smoothed out the top as best as I could. I didn't bother with planing the tops because the pink layer would have been taken off, it was so thin. 


Apple Blossom & Lavender

The fragrance is an interesting blend.  I used up the rest of the Apple Blossom but there wasn't enough for a full batch, so I added a little bit of apple fragrance and a little bit of lavender fragrance.  The lavender seems to be coming through more and I hope it tones down a bit, or I'll have to call it Lavender & Apple Blossom.

I'm wondering how the lather is going to be with the candelilla wax in there.  I'm sure it will be fine, as I actually used a little less than what I needed.  Will wait and see! 

24 comments:

  1. The Apple Blossom & Lavender looks so pretty, and I'll bet it smells great, too! I've never tried candelilla wax in soap. I'm curious to see how it does for you!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! It's definitely a feminine fragrance. I'll report back with the results on the candelilla wax. :)

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  2. It looks delicious and gorgeous!

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  3. The soap looks like a yummy piece of glazed cake..so pretty with that thin layer of pink on top! It will be interesting to see how the candelilla wax acts in your soap, keep us posted!

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    1. Thank you Cee..I like your glazed cake description! I will report back on how the candelilla wax worked out. :)

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  4. I'm also curious to hear your impression once it fully cures. I know candelella wax is used in lip balms,mostly vegan, in place of bees wax,but I can remember anyone used it for soap. I'm sure it will work fine for you,cos u know bees wax does. I love this pink top!

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    1. Thanks Maja...I'll post back with results!

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  5. Interesting additive , Kalla! Curious to hear your impression about this soap!

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    1. Interesting indeed, lol...I have about two and half weeks left before I can test it out. Will let you know how it goes! :)

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  6. I love the texture of the top of that soap!

    And, I hear you on the snow, we just got somewhere around 8" last night... Luckily, it's melting pretty quickly, and the roads are already dry where they were plowed this morning. Spring, where are you??

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    1. Thanks Chrissy! We were supposed to get 3-6" of snow..not sure of the final total, but not as much as you did! Wow! Today is bright and sunny, so most of it has melted away...but tomorrow, rain or rain/snow. :/

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  7. Hey,I forgot to comment this snow earlier! Can't believe it, where do you live? It's about 20 degree C here and forecast says it will be around 30 in a few days! Oh, I wouldn't like at all to see snow now!

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    1. I'm in the eastern part of South Dakota... and yesterday it was 30 degrees F. By Saturday, it's supposed to get to 70 degrees F....but tomorrow will be another cold day. I am so ready for warm weather!

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  8. Such a pretty soap! I would love to hear how you like the candi wax in your finished soap. I have several waxes I am going to try in CP (rice bran, the candi and macadamia)and now that you have prompted me I think I will start with candelilla :)

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    1. Thanks Topcat! I will definitely do a follow-up on the candelilla wax. I've used it in two batches now, but different amounts...so will compare the two and see how they do. Good luck with yours!

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  9. You just answered one of the burning questions I had for soaping! I love beeswax, but since I soap at room temp I find myself microwaving the beeswax FOREVER to get it to melt. Candelilla was a possible option, but Id never even considered it for soap -- and I had no idea it stiffens twice as much as beeswax! Though I think more people just prefer seeing beeswax on a label.

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    1. candelilla wax also has a higher melting point than beeswax...I don't know how it would effect room temp soaping, as I've never done that method before.

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  10. Kalla, that's an interesting experiment! Please share the results ;) As I also have quite a bag with this wax I would definitely try it in soap ;)
    And your soaps look so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks! It's getting close..have another week to go to try the other soap with candelilla wax in it (a different amount), then I can compare the two!

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    2. Hi Kalla, I see it has been a good few weeks since your last post, so I'm hoping you have had a chance to compare batches. I'm new to soap making but when I found Candellila wax I wanted to use it instead of beeswax so I would definatley be interested in hearing your thoughts on usage.
      Regards
      Chris.
      Sheffield, UK

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    3. Hi Chris! I actually did do an update, and here is the link to that post: http://www.dakotaverbena.com/2013/05/update-candelilla-wax-in-soap.html

      I'm also using a bar of the Apple Blossom & Lavender soap right now (with the candelilla wax in it) and I can give a better opinion since that last update post. I would go with the lesser amount of wax..in my case, 1/4 teaspoon wax for 28 oz. of oils.

      The Apple Blossom & Lavender batch has 1/2 teaspoon candelilla wax, and after using it...along with using my other bars that don't have wax in it, it feels borderline sticky. The Sweet Orange Spearmint batch has 1/4 teaspoon wax, and it didn't feel sticky at all. At first, it didn't seem like 1/4 tsp. made much of a difference, but the bars did firm up real nice. Both batches lathered wonderfully too!
      HTH! :)

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    4. Hi Kalla, Many thanks for the update, unfortunatley I had a Wi-Fi blackout so I didn't see your message until after deciding to go along with a recipie I had concocted on SoapCalc. The % of wax was higher in my soap, 5% of 600, so 30 grams. I'm very impressed with my efforts. I would tell you more but I would be hijacking your blog:-).
      Many thanks for posting your initial thoughts on Candelilla wax, you helped me take the plunge to make soap.

      Kind regards
      Chris

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    5. Hey Chris! I left a comment on the update post, but will copy it here also, in case you don't see the other one...sorry for the delay in replying back to you! Here is what I said in the other post:

      Sounds like you had success using the candelilla wax in your soap...that's good to hear! If you used it at 5%, I'm curious to know what you think after you've used it.

      Did it move fast on you too as it did me? Don't worry about hijacking my blog lol...I'm very interested in hearing your results, and a big congrats on taking the plunge into soapmaking!

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