Using Sugar in Soap

This made some truly wonderful soap.  Sugar is supposed to help make bigger bubbles.  This does stand out as a particularly bubbly bar, with much bigger bubbles than the red palm soap,  which has a cohesive, foamy lather.

  • 305 g coconut oil (76F)
  • 211 g olive oil
  • 105 g jojoba oil
  • 41 g castor oil
  • 201 g grapeseed oil
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 115 g lye
  • 300 g distilled water

The sugar goes into the water and must be completely dissolved before adding the lye a couple of tablespoons at a time and stirring well do dissolve..  The water may turn a bit brown if the sugar caramelizes with the heat of the reaction, but that will have no impact on the behavior of the soap and I have nothing against brownish soap.  Mixing it slow and easy and starting with cool water worked well in this batch, there was no discoloration.  This bar feels gloriously luxurious.  Maybe one of my favorites so far.



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