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Video:How to Make Whipped Soap

with David Fisher

Whipped soaps have a unique texture because of the way they are processed and made. Watch this video to learn how to make whipped soap at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Whipped Soap

Hi, I’m David Fisher from About.com. Today we’re going to make a variation of cold process soap called whipped soap. It’s a regular cold process soap that’s designed and made a little differently, but gives you a really unique looking soap that you can do some really interesting creative things with.

How Whipped Soap is Different

Now we’ll get to the whipping in just a minute, but the first major difference with whipped soap, really what allows the whipping, is the temperature. You do everything either at room temperature or even chilled. The second major difference is the recipe. Because you’re trying to incorporate as much air into the soap as possible, you have to use mostly "hard" oils - or oils that are solid at room temperature. And then, as the name implies, you whip it just like a merengue or a frosting.

For the Whipped Soap Recipe, You'll Need:

  • 400g Palm Oil        
  • 200g Coconut Oil   
  • 50g Olive Oil         
  • 95g Caustic Soda  
  • 244g Water            

Mix Soap to Create a Whipped Texture

You’re still dealing with lye, so be sure to wear your gloves and goggles and follow all normal safety procedures. First, make your lye solution and set it aside to chill, either in a cold room, or in the refrigerator. Second, measure out the hard oils and put them into a stand mixer or large bowl. Unfortunately, you can’t use a stick blender to whip the oils, you’ll need to use a mixer of some sort. Once your oils are in the mixer, start it up and mix them until they are light and fluffy and start to form peaks just like a frosting. This will take several minutes. Once the hard oils are fluffy and whipped, slowly add in the liquid oils and whip some more.

Add Lye to the Whipped Soap Mixture

Once all of the oils are whipped together, it’s time to add the chilled lye solution. With the mixer running, add in the lye solution a tiny bit at a time.When it’s fully incorporated...add in your fragrance...and whip a few minutes more to make sure everything is completely mixed together well.Once you’re done mixing, the real creativity starts. What you have is a light, fluffy raw soap that will stay soft for 30 minutes or more. You’re free to color and swirl and sculpt whatever your imagination can think of.

Customize Your Whipped Soap

I’m going to separate the soap into four bowls and color each of the parts separately. Because the soap is so white, you’re going to get bright pastel colors. They’ll lighten up even a bit more as the soap dries. Add the colorant in - you can use liquid colorants, micas or oxides, pretty much any soap safe colorant. Whisk it in well and you’re ready to go.

For the first batch, I’m going to do a simple layer and swirl in a slab mold that has dividers. You won’t be able to pour the soap, but you can scoop and swirl and layer it in. Because the soap is pretty firm, you can do stripes or lines or even a plaid effect. Once this mold is full, I’ll put the dividers in and give it a couple of good slams on the counter to help make sure there’s no air bubbles trapped in the bars.

For the next creation, I’m going to make some cupcakes. I know, I know, it seems really odd to make a cupcake out of soap, I don’t usually wash with baked goods,but these are really popular. Now, I premade the base of the cupcake with a plain batch of soap. I used the same fragrance I used today in the whipped soap, but just poured it normally into the cupcake molds and let it harden overnight. Now, to frost the cupcakes, you can do it like you would a normal frosting - just with a spatula - or, by putting the whipped soap into a pastry bag and piping it onto the cupcake base. If you want sprinkles, jojoba beads make great sprinkles for these. If you have any leftover soap, you can just pipe it out onto some waxed paper and make little hand soaps.

Since you’ve processed this soap at room temperature, and short circuited any sort of a gel stage, this soap is going to be caustic for a lot longer than a normal batch of soap. You really need to let these bars set for at least a week, or even two before you test them out. And they’ll be really ready after a full cure of 4 or 5 weeks. Have fun making whipped soap!For more recipes and soap making information, visit me online at about.com

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