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Favorite Soap Recipes and Why

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As public as I am, I enjoy my privacy. My privacy contains certain things I hesitate to share, for no other reason but because it feels unreasonable. Until now I have not wanted to share my soap recipe preferences and this will help to explain…

I would like to offer insight to how I work. When I choose to understand something I look to those that have experience and prefer crafts-people who go so far down the rabbit hole that they become experts in that area, seeing things that are not most obvious to others.

Lately, it has come to my attention that my opinion on the recipes of “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow” might be helpful. I didn’t offer my opinions in the book because I wanted you to choose what you were most attracted to, what ingredients were most accessible in your area and those that would suit you without being influenced by me.

Once you understand fully the terms of saponification and curing, you can see how any soap recipe can be made into soap dough. With that said, there is an ideal balance between soft and hard oil and butters that make for a wonderful soap dough.

After making thousands pounds of soap dough a new awareness has bubbled to the surface.

The first recipe in “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow” is a very basic recipe. The castor oil can be exchanged for soybean oil with success. I believe there must always be the most basic recipes, one that is reduced to the most essential elements, before we build on that core.

The first recipe in  “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow” is reflected in the first book, “An Enchanted Book of Soap Potions and Peculiar Ideas”.  In “An Enchanted Book of Soap Potions and Peculiar Ideas” are the elements of inspiration I found helpful, soap history that will add to your education and a fuller understanding of soap over-all. I wanted to consolidate all the information I found useful into one place.

My second favorite recipe is #12 in “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow” . Although this soap dough recipe has touches of Apricot Kernel Oil and Sweet Almond Oil and is more complex it is adjustable and easy to substitute oils, with the help of the infamous Soap Calculator.

My third and all time favorite recipe is #17. This recipe has my two favorite ingredients, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter and I adore this recipe. It provides a perfect bar and even more perfect soap dough. If you want just one recipe do try this long time coming, hard earned recipe.

Now, I want to let you know I love all these recipes, each one is my child. I have used each recipe for bars of soap and soap dough, some for their slow trace properties and others for their stout behaviors. I would not have offered them if I found them inferior in any way. I culled the those recipes that weren’t up to snuff and reliable. I have books and books of recipes that didn’t make the cut. All the recipes in “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow”  are tuned and sound, sing a song and each amount exact.

Now, on to the next book… Which I’m working on at this moment (ok, not this very moment, but in the in-between spaces of life). The next book, a Complete Book of all things Soap Dough (not a real title but a focus) I will have written out details of how to create soap cookies, glittered soap creations, basic soap dough shapes, unique Sorcery creations and more soap dough recipes with exotic oils and butters to add to your collection of soap recipes.

Also, there will be a huge dose of inspiration. This part is much more delicate and takes my own authentic inspiration in order to convey. One cannot convey what one does not understand, posses or fully comprehend or it will certainly fall short.

In the mean time, there are twenty recipes to explore in “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow”, do read more about this book by following the link… Something for everyone. If you want both books, use this link for a combination discount: Both Books 1 & 2 Double, Double Toil and Trouble Sorcery. 

  • 10 Soap Recipes that include lard (palm oil free)
  • 6  Soap Recipes that include palm oil (lard free)
  • 4 Soap Recipes that are lard and palm oil free
  • 1 Soap Recipe that has lard and palm oil 

 

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Moldable Soap Recipe by Sorcery Soap™

Sorcery Soap Dough

Moldable Soap Recipe by Sorcery Soap™

Free Sorcery Soap dough recipe, video and information.

 Purchase Pre-Made Soap dough with the Soap Witch’s secret recipe here:  Sorcery Soap Dough 

 Get your copies of both Sorcery Soap books here!

More soap bar and soap dough recipes in both books, tips, tricks and insights to how to make and handle soap dough in both books.

This information is meant to help expand your soaping repertoire, explore more creative options (sans silicon molds) and to inspire you to new creative worlds! 

*Critical piece of information: Soap temperatures 70-85 degree fahrenheit. 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Always keep the soap covered and sealed from air. Saponification does not need air, but curing does.
  • The amount of water in soap is important. It keeps the soap pliable and soft. This is the water percent I use, however, I live in the desert.
  • Keep the new soap sealed. If you are using a mold after 24-36 hours, un-mold and put in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Test your soap by rolling a small ball, examine how it feels. Is it sticky?
  • Use in 3-5 days.
  • Your soap dough should be ideal to use.

I will be posting another “lard free” recipe soon!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

When Working With your Soap Dough

  • When working with soap, use a muslin bag filled with corn starch to keep the soap from sticking to the work surface and itself. Too much corn starch will leave your soaps looking powdery so use with frugal care.
  • Spraying tools with 91% alcohol will keep cutters and plungers from sticking.
  • Spraying with water will make soap dissolve. Remember how soap behaves in the shower?
  • Once removed from the sealed container, soap will begin evaporation and curing.
  • Be patient with yourself, if you want to make embeds by hand, it will take time to learn.
    • This is a basic recipe, created with easy to access ingredients at your local grocery.

 

 

Basic Sorcery Soap Dough Recipe
Basic Sorcery Soap Dough Recipe
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Free Halloween Soap Cookies

Hi, if you purchased a pre-sale copy of  “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions” and haven’t read it yet, search your inbox. All orders were sent early, on October 6, 2016.

As many of you know who purchase from Sorcery Soap regularly, I offer free soap cookies with every order.

This month I’m stepping up my game! In honor of Halloween and for the month of October, you will receive one (or two) of these FREE soap cookies with your order placed in October.

If you’ve been thinking of purchasing soap, now is the time to do it! (Before these little Halloween cookies run out.)

If you haven’t heard, I have published an ebook. “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions” is full of inspiration, techniques how to get and stay inspired in any craft and soap dough recipes along with a Toil No More Trouble Shooting Guide.

Buy Now, your copy of “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions” and it will appear in your inbox!

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If you haven’t seen these yet, here are the Sorcery Soap Aprons!

“Kitchen Witch” (on black or white) and “Double, double, toil and trouble fire burn and cauldron bubble.” 
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