Tussah Silk in CP Soap

by Christine
(UK)

I recently purchase some tussah silk to add to some shampoo, but realised the type of silk I purchased was not a liquid but of a fibrous material. I would like to add it to my CP soaps. As I have never used this before, will the usage rate still be 2-5%? Would I add this after trace or to the lye solution. Bit confused. All comments welcomed. Thanks in advance.


Answer:

Since the silk is fibrous you will need to add it to the lye solution. The lye will break the fibers down for you. Cut the silk into small bits and then add to the hot lye solution. Stir gently until the fibers dissolve.

Cathy

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TUSSAH SILK
by: Christine (UK)

L have not noticed any difference in using silk. What would happen if I used too much? How would the soap be affected? Should I be using 2.5% of total oils or of the total recipe (oils water , lye etc. Sorry for the daft question, but if you don't ask you wont know! Would appreciate if answer is in grams as, in the UK that's what we tend use All answers welcome..

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Tussah Silk in CP Soap
by: Debby

I use Tussah Silk all the time in my soap making. I usually take a pair of scissors and cut into like 1/4" little pieces (not exact) but small pieces anyway. I put these trimmings in a baggie and when I am ready to use in soap making I take a pinch from the baggie. You don't need a lot (and you will get a feel for how much you want to use) I add this pinch to my lye water usually right after I combine the lye in water when it is right at it's hottest, to melt down the fiber and get it dissolving. If you have like a large batch of soap then you would want to add a extra pinch/or per pound. It lasts a very long time and makes your soap feeling so nice. Gives a nice slip to the bar.

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