7.02.2013

sweet honey bee

It's been a while since I've soaped with purees.  I've used avocado, pumpkin and carrot purees, but haven't yet tried banana. It was last year when I saw a tutorial from Cee Gee (Oil & Butter blog) on how to make banana milk, and I made a note to try this someday. It's basically the same technique I use to puree, but instead of using distilled water (or I've also used baby food), you use milk instead.  The link to Cee's tutorial is here on how to make it...thanks, Cee!



I made the soap a little bit differently...used equal parts goat milk and banana to make the banana milk, as in the tutorial...but after stickblending, I didn't put the banana milk into the freezer.  Instead, I went with the split method, where I used part water for the lye solution and then stickblended the banana milk into the oils before adding the lye water.  This was not 50/50 either...more like 70/30.  The soap has discolored to a deep, rich brown from the goat milk and the honey fragrance, which has some vanilla content.  I can't get over the speckles...love 'em!

22 comments:

  1. It looks so wonderful! I thought that there was coffee in the soap when I saw the little cute spots.

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    1. Thanks! I'm thrilled with the amount of speckles...you don't see a whole lot of them in the soap batter. I haven't tried coffee yet...might have to put that on my to-do list! :)

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  2. Very interesting, Kalla! Haven't tried yet banana in soap, but it sounds lovely! Thanks for your tips!
    Your soaps looks creamy and I really like its color!

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    1. Thanks Natalia! I can't wait for this to cure, I'm so excited to try it.

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  3. That's a beauty of a soap! the speckles are fab!

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  4. Lovely looking soap! I agree, the speckles are just fabulous!

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  5. That turned out so nice Kalla, the speckles really make the soap! I love it! =)

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    1. Thanks Christine! I agree about the speckles...they really add to the bar. Thanks again for sharing your tutorial..I really appreciate it! :)

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  6. That looks scrumptious! I love the soap!

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    1. Thanks so much Andee! It sure smells scrumptious...I'd like to take a bite!

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  7. It looks great! You did a fabulous job. =)

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  8. What a gorgeous soap, Kalla! Are the speckles from the banana? I love them, they really add a neat touch to the look of the bars.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Yes, the speckles are from the banana...I didn't add anything extra. :)

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  9. I like the natural look of this soap. The speckles are really special!

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  10. Your banana soap looks perfect! I made a batch the other week and it seized on me. I rebatched it and didn't have high hopes except to save it, but it turned out to be one of my favorite soaps. The texture is so silky!

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    1. Thanks SoapJam! Glad you were able to save your batch! I hope I get a silky texture too..can't wait to try it. :)

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