Red Palm Oil Soap: Redefining Skin Care with a Superfood

Are you ready to explore a new ingredient in your soap making? Look no further than red palm oil! This versatile ingredient not only adds a beautiful color to your soap, but also packs a powerful punch of vitamins and antioxidants that can nourish and protect your skin. But that’s not all, red palm oil has been used for centuries in traditional skincare for its numerous benefits such as moisturizing, reducing the appearance of fine lines, and even out skin tone.

In this post, we’ll be sharing a step-by-step video demo on how to make your own soap using red palm oil as the star ingredient. Not only will you be able to create a soap that not only looks but also feels amazing on your skin, but also you will discover some secrets benefits of this superfood for your skin. So, whether you’re an experienced soap maker or a beginner, this recipe is perfect for you!

Tips for Working with Red Palm Oil in Soap Making

When using red palm oil in your soap making, it’s important to note that it can be a bit tricky to work with. Also a little goes a long way. It has a high melting point and can be quite thick, so it’s important to pay attention to your temperatures and work it into your recipe carefully. It’s also important to make sure you are using sustainable, ethically sourced red palm oil, as there are concerns about the environmental impact of some red palm oil production methods. But don’t let that discourage you, with a little bit of practice and attention, you will be able to create stunning and nourishing soap with this superfood ingredient.

Red Palm oil in soap batter

Qualities of Red Palm Oil in Soap

When looking at the fatty acid characteristics and qualities that Red Palm oil adds to soap , it becomes clear that this can work as a stand-alone ingredient but would work wonders in a well balanced recipe.

Oleic acid and palmitic acid are both types of fatty acids that are found in red palm oil. They play important roles in soap making and contribute to the overall properties of the soap.

Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid, and it is known for its ability to make the soap more conditioning and moisturizing for the skin. Soaps that are high in oleic acid tend to be softer and more pliable, and can be more easily absorbed by the skin.

Palmitic acid, on the other hand, is a saturated fatty acid that contributes to the hardness and stability of the soap. Soaps that are high in palmitic acid tend to be more firm and long-lasting. It also contributes to a good lather and good cleansing properties.

Overall, red palm oil is known for its high levels of both oleic acid and palmitic acid, which makes it an ideal ingredient for soap making. It provides a balance of conditioning and moisturizing properties, with a good lather and cleansing properties. Additionally, it contributes to the hardness and stability of the soap.

What’s the verdict on Red Palm Oil in Soap

This demo of making soap with red palm oil in the Baraka bundle has shown us how easy it is to make soap with a variety of oils and butters. We were also able to achieve natural coloring by simply including the ingredients with no need for micas. The fatty acids in red palm oil help to create a soap that is gentle on skin and highly moisturizing. The natural antioxidants, vitamins and minerals of palm oil provide a variety of benefits and make it an ideal ingredient for soap. With its numerous advantages and endless possibilities, red palm oil is a great choice for your next soap-making project.

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Welcome. My name is Zakia Ringgold, and I'd like to welcome you to yet another Baraka broadcast. And on this one, what we're going to be doing is a Baraka recipe using a butter bundle that you can get on the site. So right below me, I'm going to switch you so you have a different angle. The post before this one actually listed all of the ingredients for this.

But this one, with our recipe, we're going to be using shea butter, cocoa butter, red palm oil, olive oil, castor oil, and coconut oil. Many of those four of them are all available in a Baraka blend that you can get on the website. It's the baraka bundle, actually. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to show you how I'm going to go about measuring the ingredients out. And if you have any questions at all, feel free to put them in the chat.

Of course, let us know where you are watching from as well as if you have any questions, put them in and I can try and answer them as we're going along. And, of course, what is it that you have made today is always interesting or something that you're looking forward to making. But if you've never been here with us before live, my name is Zakia Ringgold. I'd like to welcome you. If you have been here before, welcome back.

We always enjoy seeing you come back. And so what I'm going to do is I'm going to switch the camera so you all are actually able to see what we have on our table for what is going to be going in the bowl. So hopefully you can see, as I have laid out here, the four items that are absolutely, positively amazing. Hello. Hot watching from Chicago.

That's the herbal root woman. Thank you for tuning in again. So, of course, there is the coconut oil. There is also the shea butter, cocoa butter, and then red palm oil. I have already pre measured the castor oil and the olive oil in here, and they've already been melted.

We're actually going to melt these down as well. Hello from California. Let's bring you guys up. Let's make sure we can see your comments. I'm going to put you guys to the right, to the right, everything you want in a box to the right.

It doesn't go that way. So we have herbal root woman checking in from Chicago, and Miriam checking in from California. Welcome, ladies. Thank you for joining us. So this recipe is a pretty simple recipe, but it's extremely conditioning as well as cleansing.

A lot of people say, well, how can I make my soap so that it's really conditioning and it leaves the skin really, really soft? You can do that with super fatting. However, you can't go overboard with your super fatting because that means that a lot of your soap has not submitted and it could go bad faster, much love. Much respect. How are you, John?

And we also have Cheryl checking in from Virginia. Good to see all of you and thank you for checking in, guys. I appreciate it. I am showing that we are up to 99 viewers in the first three minutes, which is absolutely amazing. No matter where you are watching, please be sure to click the subscribe, the follow the like, whatever your option is for liking so that you get notified the next time we go live or we post a video.

Who dies and glad to see you. Who died? Glad to see you. All right, so very important, if you have never made soap before, one of the most important things is to make sure you're being safe, meaning long sleeves. I break my rules.

Do as I say, not as I do. Long sleeves goggles because you are working with sodium hydroxide, which is a caustic, and you don't want that going in your eyes. And then you also want to use gloves. Now, even though we use lie to make the soap, there is no lie in the final product once it's completed. So it's always a really good idea to make sure that you are protected with your hands, your shoes, longer sleeves.

Don't wear tank tops. I wear tank tops in the summertime. It just gets a little too hot. Just gets a little too hot. So you also want to make sure that you have the tools temperature, so that you can check your temperature.

Your scale, measurements and temperature have to be two of the most important elements when you are making soap. So you want to make sure that you have a kitchen scale. You also want to make sure is this liquid soap? This will be a bar soap. You're asking a really good question there, Cynthia.

So the main differentiator when you are making soap on whether or not it's going to be a bar soap or a liquid soap is the caustic that you use. So because we are using sodium hydroxide, that's going to give us a bar soap. If we wanted to make a liquid soap, we would need to reformulate the recipe because we would then be using potassium hydroxide, which gives us a different saponification value than what we would have when we're using sodium hydroxide. But we will do a liquid soap. I actually have been making what's in the oil wallet.

I have been making liquid soap for the past couple of days. I'm relaunching my shop. Here is an activated charcoal soap, which we actually put some Baraka African black soap into. But we made this using potassium hydroxide. So that's a really good question, and hopefully I answered that for you.

But this one will be a bar soap. You can always tell what you're going well if you're formulating your recipe, you should know which one you're using, but you can always tell if it's going to be a bar or a liquid by the kind of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide that you're using. So the first thing that you want to do is make sure you have a working scale. That's what down here. You guys can see it, but there's my scale.

You also want to have spatulas. If you have a soap maker in your life or you're a soap maker, you know how true this statement is. You can never have enough spatulas. You have to scrape things. You have to try and get as much of it out as possible, because everything that you're putting in here, you want to get into your mold.

You also want to have cutting utensils, especially if you have the cocoa butter, because sometimes you need to cut it down to get the exact measurement that you want. I have a spoon for helping me to get the shea butter out. I'm going to squeeze the coconut oil and the ray of palm oil out in here as well. And then, of course, the magic wand of all soap makers is a thick blender. Last but not least, you are going to need something to put it in.

Now, I'm fancy I'm clean extra with everything. So we actually have this clear mold here so that you'll be able to see what's happening. I'm going to actually have a 24 hours soap cam going, so you all will be able to see the saponification process because you pour it in the mold. And then what happens over time, right? What happens over time?

I remember when I first started making soap, I peaked because they said you're never supposed to peek, right? You're never supposed to look in there. But I peeked under it, and it looked like Vaseline. It was just clear, transparent, and that was because the soap was going through what's known as the gel phase. But I didn't know.

I thought I had did something wrong, and then it became opaque. Within the 24 hours, I'm going to turn on our 24/7 soap can, and you'll be able to kind of take a sneak peek at it overnight to see as it goes through the process. So what are we saying? Herbal root woman says, I got a bunch of spatulas. You hear me?

Yes. Spatulas for Christmas gifts for soap makers. You can get them spatulas. You can get them. Bundles of oils and butters from Baraka.

And we also have Laura. Hello, Laura. Checking in from the high desert. Good to see you. All right, so we've gone over all of that.

Let's talk about this recipe. For the shea butter, we're going to need 145 grams. Now, I typically like to measure in grams because sometimes it'll say ounces. And, for instance, this particular recipe would be 5.2oz. A more precise measurement is the number of grams that's needed, which is going to be the 145.15 grams.

So you want to get a scale that can measure in both grams and ounces. That's very important. Just so you can get really close or really precise. Not close, because the pontification is breaking down these butters and the oils. So let's see here.

And then this is also if I wasn't making this for other people, I would use my hands. But you also don't want to use your hands. But if it's just for you, it's okay if you use your hands. Okay, so we need 145 grams of this shea butter. Now, this batch and the recipe that you have is going to make £5 of soap for you.

So you want to make sure that your mold can hold that amount or recalculate the recipes. Yes, our overhead cams are back. They are here. So you can see in my pot, as I am describing what in the world is going on here. So I went over just the tail.

There we go. So there's our 145 grams. Next we are going to do the cocoa butter. Now, I have not opened this pack yet. You saw this on the Unboxing video where we got a ton of goodies for the cocoa butter, we need 72 grams.

So I'm going to see if I can just kind of grab a couple of pieces. Be sure to clear your scale out each time, drop her in. And I do like that there are these little chunks so that you're able to kind of get it in. Cocoa butter has one of the highest melting points of all of the oils and butters that we use. So it takes quite a bit to melt them down.

Some people, and I often do that on these broadcasts, I'll do what's known as like a heat transfer method, and that is where we allow the heat from the live solution to actually melt the oils and the butters. We're not going to do that on this one. What we're going to do is throw this in our microwave, which is behind us there. And I went over. Let's see.

Can I take this little piece off? That takes me down to 77. You don't tell. I won't tell. But we have 77 grams there.

All right, now we need our red palm oil. That one is 217 grams. I'm going to save the red palm oil until last, because I want you to see the beautiful color that it puts into the soup porgy town. Hello there. Very good to see you.

So let's do our coconut oil. So for our coconut oil, guys, if you have not tried it, you have got to try this. It smells like you have cut a fresh coconut open when you open this coconut oil here. Much love, much respect. You are seen and heard everywhere.

Thank you for running the bases. All right, so we have 362 grams that we need for the coconut oil.

All right, we're going to squeeze her up. Squeeze her up. And now with a five pound batch, you can get about 15 bars of soup out of that or more. How many did I say we need? 362.

Oh, so close. 360. I just need like a little itty bitty piece. This is where the spatulas would come into play. Come on, you could do it.

Come on. Go ahead. I went over again. We're at 366. So we're going to have a bit of a super fat in here, but not to worry.

All right, so I'm going to go ahead and put this in the microwave. You guys can take a look. So, so far we have done the coconut oil, the shea butter and the cocoa butter. We've already melted down or measured out our olive oil as well as our castor oil. While I am doing that, if you have not said hello already, please be sure to put that in the chat.

And if you have said hello, tell me what you are making or where you are from while I go ahead and get this in the micros. I still have my coffee in there from earlier. Jeez, no weeds. All right, so we're going to get that down. Just putting it in there for about three minutes, that'll give us plenty of time for me to catch up on anything that you have said basis ran.

Ms. Francis is saying if we don't have the red palm, can we use something else instead? That is an amazing question. You can always swap out oils and butters. The most important thing, though, is whenever you swap them out, you rerun your recipe.

So you couldn't just say, I don't have the ray of palm oil, but I have palm oil. So I'm just going to use the 217 grams of the palm oil. Remember, they have different saponification values, so they take a different amount of sodium hydroxide to go through the tilting process. Hello. Cynthia is here from Maryland.

Very good to see you. And she is a be better natural. I make body butters and body scrubs. And I'm from Melbourne, Australia, which means I should be saying, good day, mate. Very good to see you here.

Porgy is from Miami and my cousin is from Philadelphia, but in California. So I hope I answered the question about swapping out. If you don't have the red palm oil, you can absolutely, positively swap it out or you can just reformulate the recipe without it. You do need to rerun that through a soap calculator. If you don't know how to formulate the recipes by hand, got to run the recipe again through the soap calculus.

You are the best. All right, so while that's doing that, I'm going to go ahead and measure out the red palm oil in here because then we'll just mix them all together. So for red palm oil, we need 217 grams. Now, this will naturally color your soap. It's going to give it a beautiful amber color.

So you want to consider that if you are doing like a really fancy design with purples, blues and greens. You might not want to use array of palm oil because it will alter the color of your soup. Josh is saying so. How are you, Josh? All right, so we have 217.

All right. So I'm going to measure this out and make it 280, 18 grams, because I'm going to round up. It's 217.72, which means I'm going to make it 218. I need to cut that a little bit bigger. There we go.

Just so we got a little more of an opening. And I'm not squeezing for dear life here. All right, so we're going to go to 218 grams.

You can do it. It looks really interesting. When we were in Ghana, I said this on the Unboxing video. Many of the foods were cooked in red palm oil and it gave it such a distinct flavor. It was really good.

And it also imparted this color to it as well. Notice when I go to wipe my glove off, it'll have that color on there. It doesn't stain, but you'll notice that color. We're at 205. Come on, Caroline.

Almost there. Step into the lake, Caroline. All right, let's see what we got.

1317. I said. We're going to round up. So still at 217. I'm going to imagine.

So you can see the color there and you can also see them. There you go. On my little fingers. Let me grab a paper towel.

So now we are just waiting. Listen. Look at that. Look at that. Carol.

And microwave is done. Now, it may not be completely melted, but that's okay. What we'll do, my Lord, we got some chunks in there. And I guarantee that those chunks are probably the cocoa. But it always smells so good.

It smells so good. We are going to be making this as an unscented soap, guys. There won't be any scent on here at all. I'm going to use the scents from the oils and the butters that we're using. I need a smaller or my face is getting smaller because it just keeps on going on down.

You know how your grandmother just they talk to you with the glasses on the tip of their nose. That's what's happening here. Melinda from Santiago. Hello, how are you? Good to see you.

Now, I know soap is not edible, but the process reminds me so it is so much like baking. One of the main reasons why I got into soap making is because I could not cook and nobody would actually need to eat what it was that I was making. But it fed the skin, and a lot of it is like you have to measure your ingredients. All of that is very similar to baking. And if you rush it by taking shortcuts, people can tell the difference.

So it's very similar to baking. John I would agree with that. So we now have all of our oils in here. I'm just going to kind of blend them just a little bit just to get them incorporated.

And it's kind of therapeutic, too, at the same time. Like, you can go into your little Zen zone there.

You can kind of see that color coming up along the side. I wanted to use this white bowl so you would be able to see that. Oh, it's coming across beautifully on the screen. You guys can see that.

Now. We just want to get these kind of incorporated together. Now, you don't need to do this, but it kind of just allows you to get it to the way you want.

So relaxing to watch. Yeah.

Make sure you breathe. I find myself not breathing at times where I'm, like, on bated breath, holding my breath for whatever reason. And this just gives you a chance to kind of just be present in the moment with what you're doing.

Okay, so the only thing we've done is we've measured out all of our oils based on the recipe. From there, what we're going to do is mix in our live solution. Now, I always tell students in live soap school, have everything that you need laid out before you start measuring, mixing, blending. Because with soap making, sometimes when you add a fragrance, it starts to speed up. If you've ever been on my broadcast, we think it's going to go one way and it goes a completely different way.

If you are hunting for the things that you need, then you're losing time. Whereas if you just have it laid out for yourself, you are in wonderful, wonderful shape. It looks so beautiful. How do you make sure the mixture has been mixed well, that the chemicals are cooperating with each other? Dee says she does that, too, with just kind of taking a moment to be present and laying or laying all of the ingredients out.

I want two bottles of Peppermint Body Wash, please and thank you. Yes, that's all behind me. I'm actually running a special where it's going to be? Buy two, get one free. So I'll talk about that after we finish this one here.

I love having all of your books you wrote. Anyone wanting to learn, I do recommend them. Thank you, Ms. Francis. If you guys don't know, that's a really large comment, but hopefully you get the point.

I published the new Soap Makers Cookbook, which walks you through how to get started making and selling your own handmade soap. There's four books in the series. The first one has to do with mindset, just what we were talking about here in terms of being present, and then the basics for making cold, processed silk. That's all there. So.

Thank you, Ms. Francis. And I think we are hiding. We are up to 179 across all of the streams. So I'm going to pause before we go on, and I'm going to get prepared so that if this recipe starts to go much faster.

We are ready for it, and it doesn't get to do what it wants to do. So I'm going to move our ingredients off to the side so that our mold is ready to go when we're ready to pour. Now, we're not adding any color. We're not adding any fragrance. This is a basic batch, and that way you get a chance to see how the ingredients work without you needing to do anything.

So we have our recipe down here. We have our live solution. And I'm going to go back to I think it was what John asked in terms of how do you ensure that everything is mixed? Well, we call that trace in soap making. And you're going to see it because you're overhead.

When I go to pour this Ly solution in, at first, oil and water, they like to separate. But because we have the sodium hydroxide in there, that's what's creating that chemical reaction. And so it's going to go from just being separated to an emulsion where they're kind of blended well with one another. And then they go to trace, where it kind of looks like a pudding, a really thin runny pudding. And that's how you know.

And Shirley Lewis. Hello there, Shirley. How are you? Your soap books were great. They gave me the motivation to start making something.

That's the best part. That is always the best part of these streams when I get that feedback. So that's wonderful. All right, so we're going to go ahead and pour our live solution in here. This is a combination of the sodium hydroxide and the distilled water.

Remember, whenever you are making soap, you want to use distilled water, not your running water, well water, spring water, because the distilled water has removed all impurities from that. And so you'll have a really great product when you do that. All right, so what I'm going to do is go ahead and pour our lie solution in there. You can almost see it starting to change to a bit of an opaque, or maybe you can't see that. So I'm going to get our stick blender in there, give it just a little star at first, and then I'm going to turn it on low.

And you'll see that beautiful color we're getting. You don't need to add any color to the disclosure on its own.

So I don't know if you can see, but you can still see some of the oil trailing there that's letting you know that it's not completely blended.

Sorry for the thick blender, but can't change that. This is music to soap maker. Every soap maker can identify this sound.

All right. Now this would be considered almost a light trace. I can still see a little bit of the oil in there, but I don't want to blend it too much because I want it to be a nice fluid pour. Now, what I am going to do bonus everybody's ready for a bonus? We're going to actually add some cocoa powder to a small portion of the soup that's going to naturally color it with the brown, and then it'll give it that nice cocoa smell as well.

Cocoa smell may not stay throughout the saponification process, but that'll just give us two different colors and a batch so that we can do. Now, I don't want to keep stirring this, but, John, to answer your question, when I lift my stick blender up, it kind of leaves a little bit of a trail on the top that lets me know that that is as much blending as I need to do. Now, a lot of times I'm running my mouth on these broadcasts and not paying attention to what my batter is doing. And when that happens, I stick blend to oblivion. So as you can see, hopefully you can see, we have a really nice consistency.

It almost looks like cake batter. If you know how to make a cake. Even if you don't know how to make a cake, hopefully you've had the opportunity to lick a bowl. Give me 1 second. I'm going to grab us another bowl so that we can actually get some of the cocoa powder.

If you're ever adding color to yourself, you do want to separate just a small portion out into a bowl so that you can keep the colors distinct. I got you. And I definitely saw the color change. All right, so we're just going to pour some people are very specific in how much they pour. I know I don't need a whole bunch of it.

Just enough there. Let me grab the soco powder.

So this is an extra and the beauty of making your own soap. You can experiment with different things that you want. Generally, you only need about a tablespoon of the cocoa powder. I'm going to eyeball it. So there you go.

I'm going to eyeball how much we're going to use. I don't think I have another spoon available. Oh, yes, I do.

All right. And this cocoa powder is cocoa powder, so you can make it for making homemade hot chocolate. You can make cookies with it. You can make all kinds of stuff. So I'm just going to take about that much on a spoon.

My grandmother was trying to teach me how to make potato salad, and I was asking her for, like, specifics on the measurement. She was like, a pinch, this much, that much. I'm like, Grandma, your pinch is a little bit different from my pinch.

You guys can see it.

Think I can do a hair more? Just a hair more. I used the wrong spoon. Darn it.

Now I will say I am seeing, like, little polka dots in there. One thing that you can do to prevent that is instead of pouring your cocoa powder directly into your batter, you can pour it into some oil first, stir it up really well and then pour it into your soap batter. But I'm going to take my spatula, give it a little bit of a give it a little bit of that elbow grease, a little bit of wrist action going with it. And now we have this beautiful chocolate color to go into our soup, and we're just going to have that layer right on the top. Now, I didn't do anything.

Do you see this? It's already thickening up, so we better get it into the mold, which is what we're doing. Can you guys see?

I can't see it. Seems like a good idea.

Now, the interesting thing about this mode is it can go on a slant.

So if I want it, I'm wasting soap. You still soap in there?

I wish you guys could smell this cocoa. If you want some chocolate, I've got some cocoa powder. Can't really make you chocolate, but it is cocoa powder, and I got it coming off this slide there.

What would have been smarter, put the dag on mold down here.

I hear you guys chatting over there. I'm going to see it in a second. Now, I do want to tap this because there is definitely the chance for air bubbles in there.

All right, and now we're just going to take that chocolate layer after we tap it.

Sorry, guys, I can't mute you.

Now we're going to just put that right on the top, and this will definitely have people saying, Is that soap? They'll say yes. That's soap.

I think I used the seven pound mode.

Darn it, Gina.

Now I'm just going to scrape this off.

What are you guys saying? Hello. I love the color of that palm oil. I see. I think if you have put the mold the long direction, we could see.

Yeah, I think you're right, Ms. Francis. But I'm getting back into the swing of things here, so hopefully I'll figure out the right angle for these streams.

Get her in there. Yeah, that palm oil. That natural caramel color that it gives the soap is amazing. Now, because this is a pretty thick consistency, if you wanted to go ahead and use the back of your spoon to give it some kind of texture on the top, you can also use your spatula to do the same thing. So I'm going to take this one here and just kind of, like, drag it over, and then that way you'll be able to have peaks on the top of your soap, so it's not just flat.

And if you want to leave it flat, you can do that as well. So I'll go from one side just like that, and I'm just dragging the spatula from one side to the other. I know I'm not going all the way over.

Looks like chocolate icing. What type of soap is that? So this is just a Barracka soap that we made today.

I got to come around this way. Guys, there's the statue of just so I can see this side. And I'm going to bring this over so that we end up with a peak coming both ways. It definitely looks like frosting.

If you want, you can kind of clean that up.

Don't waste the soap. Make sure it gets back in the mold. Bring it back.

Okay. So you can see it's just that really small layer of the brown. But the majority of this soap first of all, it's uneven. This side, I pour it higher. But the majority of this soap is going to have this natural color from the red palm, and that was what we were after.

For this particular recipe, no additional colorants were added. We added the cocoa powder to just a small portion of the batter. We wasted some batter, dear. Gosh. Don't do that.

We might get some of this on there. I'm about to ruin it, but I can't waste this soap batter. That's a lot. That is great. Get it rolled out of there.

All right, so we're going to have sorry, guys. I know you're like it was finished. What are you doing? We got soap in here.

I thought we would make it all way up, but we won't.

Got to come back.

Now, I don't recommend that you actually do with that part.

Ignore the ending of the video, but everything else I did is copathetic, but I just couldn't leave that much silk. I could not leave that much silk in the bowl. Waste knot. Knot. All right.

What are you saying? What type of soap is that? So this is just a red palm soap with some cocoa butter added to give it some additional color. Looks like chocolate icing. What are some of the skin benefits?

So red palm oil in particular is extremely conditioning to the skin. We also used shea butter as one of the primary ingredients in here. And shea butter is one of the butters that has the highest percentage of unsuppontifiables. And what that means is of all the butters and oils that you could use for making your own natural soap, shea butter in particular, it withstands that saponification process. So as it's being broken down by the lie, a lot of the qualities of the shea butter remain after that saponification process.

So that's the primary thing. We wanted a conditioning bar that does not leave your skin feeling strict, but that's the main reason why we used it. And we also wanted to have this amazing natural color come through from the red palm oil. Now, we used a combination of olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, red palm oil. Shea butter was this five ingredient, and castor oil, all of those combined.

And when you start making your recipes, when you combine them, what you're trying to do is get that perfect mix for what you want. Some oils are going to be more cleansing. Others are going to be more conditioning. Others are just really helping for the saponification process. As you can see, we went to a really quick pudding almost phase, and that has to do with the castor oil because that will speed up the saponification process.

Nice shanari. I said looks good. And I bet it's going to feel ooze. Oh, it does look pretty. It doesn't look what I had in my mind of how I was about to ruin it.

It doesn't appear to be ruined, so let me see. I will bring it this way, but the reason I have this mold in particular and this stand is this allows me to adjust it so that I can have different angles when I'm pouring the soap. Now, my tilted and stay fluid long enough, but what we could have done is poured a corner, had it tilted and then poured another one, so it would have kind of looked like two triangles. But next time, it's a reason to tune in again. So I am Zakia Ringgold.

I am so glad.

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  1. LIVE Soap School

    Not sure what happened but good night everyone

  2. Frances Shurley

    how cool, didnt know they made molds like that. so awesome

  3. Quita Ringgold

    that is what you always say and it comes out great every single time.

  4. Frances Shurley

    looks good and I bet its going to feel so good.

  5. Frances Shurley

    looks like chocolate icing

  6. Frances Shurley

    i think if you have put the mold the long direction we could see and be easier for you to pour.

  7. Frances Shurley

    I have my grandmothers measuring spoons that actually say a pitch a dash a smigen and one more I cant remember it. so cool

  8. Frances Shurley

    its definately moving quicker

  9. John Byrd

    I got you and I definitely saw a color change

  10. Frances Shurley

    can see it changing. wow.

  11. Quita Ringgold

    You have me so relax writing these notes at work. Thanks cousin!

  12. Cherié Laws

    Yes! Your soap books we great. They gave me the motivation to start making soaps myself.

    • Frances Shurley

      Right they are the best books and so easy to understand.

  13. Frances Shurley

    I love having all your books you wrote. Anyone wanting to learn I do recommend them. I have learned so much from Zakia and her books. I cherish mine.

  14. John Byrd

    How do you make sure that the mixture has been mixed well that the chemicals are cooperating with each other

  15. John Byrd

    Now I know soap is not edible but the process reminds me so much of baking

  16. Frances Shurley

    ok Thanks so gotta run the recipe again thru your soap calculator. You are the best

  17. Frances Shurley

    if we dont have the red palm can we use something else instead

  18. John Byrd

    Basis ran

  19. Frances Shurley

    hey cool we got an overhead soap cam, hey girl we got fancy so proud of you

  20. Frances Shurley

    Yep spatulas for Christmas gifts for soap makers.

  21. John Byrd

    Who dies and glad to see you

  22. Miriam Rivas

    hello from CA