9.04.2013

sweet potatoes and brown sugar

I wanted to use another puree in my next batch.  This time with sweet potatoes, and some brown sugar because that goes well with sweet potatoes...then of course some kaolin clay since I like to add that in almost every batch!  I didn't add any scent though...just kept it as natural as could be, and for being unscented, it smells so good right now...a bakery, doughy smell. 


sweet potatoes and additives


dissolved brown sugar in water first


sweet potatoes added after brown sugar was dissolved, then added lye

Note:  I didn't have a volcano or any problems making the lye solution like this, but I probably should have done it in an ice bath, or else added the dissolved brown sugar into the oils before adding the lye water solution.  It just got way too hot the way I did it...like "smoking" hot!


finished bars
These were challenging to photograph, but the bars are beige with soft warm undertones.

16 comments:

  1. They sounds nice and sensitive soaps! And colour is so smooth. What is that sugar for, does it do something in soap? I'm wondering those sweet potatoes too (because puree looks orange), I guess we don't have those here in Finland...

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    1. Signe, the sugar helps increase the bubbles...I use 1 teaspoon per pound of oils. The sweet potatoes I used...is actually a jar of baby food. The ingredients on the jar say "sweet potatoes and water"...perfect for soaping! I don't use a whole jar either, about half..and I include it as part of the water amount.

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  2. Beautiful soap Kalla, looks so creamy! I've never thought about using baby food....thanks for the tip! I put sugar and kaolin clay in every soap I make...makes a big difference in the lather and slip of the soap.

    Blessings,
    Gloria

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    1. Thanks Gloria! I like using baby food because you don't have to worry about chunks...or chunks turning into mold. I noticed a difference in the lather when I first started using kaolin clay..I almost always use it now! :)

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  3. Even potato has found its way to soap making! Quite iteresting! What does it add to the soap? Except being sweet and boosting the bubbles, which you double-boosted with adding sugar, does it have any other properties?
    Anyway, the soap looks great, so creamy,rustic and natural!

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    1. lol, I figured why not try it! :) They are not as vibrant as carrots, I just wondered how much color would be achieved with them. I doubt any properties make it through the saponification process...it would be wonderful if they did though, because they're rich in beta-carotene, vitamins C and E and more good things that I can't remember at the moment! :)

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  4. Lovely Kalla! My honey just asked me a few days ago, while we were produce shopping, if I could make sweet potato soap. I said I really didn't know. Now I do! These look fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Laura! Carrots, pumpkin, bananas, avocados...why not try sweet potatoes? What's next, lol! If you decide to use a whole sweet potato and not baby food, a stick blender works the best at pureeing. When I pureed an avocado, I first tried a regular blender and it didn't work at all. The stick blender gets it nice and smooth!

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  5. This is a very good idea Kalla! And the soap looks beautiful as usual. In Finland you can´t buy just sweet potato as a baby food, it is mixed with other vegetables or meat. I just have to buy a whole sweet potato and use some for soap and eat the rest.

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    1. That's interesting, Marika..I didn't know that about the baby food. I actually like sweet potatoes, but never buy any because my kids and husband don't care for them...I really like sweet potato fries!

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  6. Beautiful soaps, Kalla! Perfect for autumn. Sweet potato and brown sugar sound like such interesting ingredients. And kaolin clay is always nice!

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    1. Thank you Jenny...you're right, it is perfect for autumn..I didn't even think of that, lol. I wasn't planning on making any autumn scents this year, but this qualifies! :)

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  7. These bars sound so yummy Kalla! Love this warm combination of ingredients you chose and the bars turned out beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Christine! They've only been curing a week, but I had to test a piece..there's lots and lots of lather!

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  8. Wow, what a good idea of using sweet potato in soap, Kalla!
    This soap is so perfect for autumn, lovely as always!

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