Fruit juice soap

by Tiffany
(Philippines)

How many soaps can be made from your given recipe- homemade recipe?


Is it okay if I use an orange juice and pineapple juice as an alternative for water, (or just 1/3 of it)?

Answer

My soaps make approximately 10 - 110 to 150 gram bars.

I've never added orange juice or pineapple juice to a recipe before so I'm not sure what the results will be.

I would suggest making a small test batch to start and use the 1/3 amount. If that goes well then try adding more juice.

Much of soap making is about experimentation. That's half the fun...seeing what you can come up with. Just remember to always do your experiments on a small scale so you don't lose too much of your ingrendients. Also remember to take lots and lots of notes.

Good luck,
Cathy

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thanks
by: Anonymous

thanks Ms. Cathy

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Juices
by: Heather

I've added orange juice and carrot juices before. Both smell wonderful in the finished cut soap. Carrot is especially wonderful. I would just suggest subbing some of the water in the begining of your recipe and waiting till after light trace to add the juice. This helps me protect the juice scent from being damaged too much. If you try adding the juice to the begining- Lye to juice, it pretty much kills most the scent and for a while afterwards it smells horrible. Both lightly color the soap a pale yellow. I would suggest adding more scent to them to help carry it along though.

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Cranberry juice in soap
by: Anonymous

Can I use cranberry juice? By the way I love your site! It's always helpful and inspiring. Thank you so much.

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I don't see why not. As Heather has mentioned below, hold back some of the water in the recipe and add it as cranberry juice (concentrate would be best) when the soap has lightly traced.

Cathy

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Cranberry juice
by: Soapnewboe

Today I tried using a cranberry concentrate instead of water, and the lye reacted VERY badly. Sprayed iodine colored foam all over my porch. I tried again, after I had significantly watered it down, and it worked much better, but my soap is still a brown gravy color, not a hint of cranberry.

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Cranberry Juice
by: Cathy

Yikes! Glad you didn't get hurt with it spraying around.

You might have more success if you replace a portion of the water with the cranberry juice but don't mix it with the lye. Save it until the soap has traced instead and then mix it in. That way the lye has done most of it's combining with the oils and it is less likely to react like that.

Too bad about the colour! Sadly not all botanical ingredients can survive the lye solution. Sounds like cranberry juice is one of them.

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