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Can scenting oil be added to soap that has been reheated? I would like to give some soap a little more kick after it has been reacted.
 
Location: Virginia | Registered: March 17, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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It actually works really well because the soap should be fully saponified.

Liquid soap is easy, no heat required.

Bar soap can be tricky because it might take more heat than the scent can take. If that is the case use just a bit of water to help lower the melt point of the bar.

You can also use a plastic bag and drop some scent onto a bar, it should absorb the scent.


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Location: S.E. Michigan | Registered: April 15, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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If all you want to do is enhance the already scented soap with additional oomph you can take a small amount of the essential oil you use in the original recipe and dilute it in a small amount of alcohol (vodka) and then atomize the mixture on the soap bar. The alcohol will partly absorb but mostly evaporate leaving the oil behind.

Liquid is just as simple; reheat it just so it is not comfortable to stick your finger in it and then mix in the essential oil. Be sure it is fully blended. Enjoy.



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Thanks for the replies. I am thinning some very very stiff liquid soap and was hoping it would not be a problem to add a little more scent. It did take some time to get the soap to melt into the added water.
 
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It did take some time to get the soap to melt into the added water.


All that will do is, besides allow you to incorporate the extra scent, is give you a much softer bar. Due to the extreme hygroscopic nature of the high volume of glycerin in the soap water will absorb and become part of the whole, while alcohol will not, glycerin being a base alcohol to start with, but allow the oil to stay behind while it evaporates.

The liquid will not present this problem as it thins out as it is being heated,and thereby allow mixing in additional essential oil which then becomes part of the whole once it cools back down. A caveat is warranted though; too much essential oil is not good for the skin (and any amount of that fake fragrance stuff as well in any amount), and it is noteworthy to also note that essential oils do not give off that follow-me-home scent when you walk past it (like the fake stuff does) and so that should be taken into consideration when scenting.

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Originally posted by fuelfarmer:
Thanks for the replies. I am thinning some very very stiff liquid soap and was hoping it would not be a problem to add a little more scent. It did take some time to get the soap to melt into the added water.


Farmer,
When the liquid soap is that thick it's in a "paste" stage, or as you found not diluted far enough.

The easiest way to dissolve the soap is to first boil your water then add the paste to the boiling water. You can use the KNC Soap Calculator to help you work out a dilution ratio for your liquid soap.

I am working on a process to work out the glycerin ratio. This will tell you how much of your BDG is going to be soap and how much is solvent i.e. glycerin. This will help us make perfect soap, bar and liquid, every time. <-- will be posting about this soon.


-Rick

http://www.knicenclean.com your single-most largest free BDG soaping content on the internet.
SAP Testing, Ingredient Properties, Soap Glossary and Recipes just to name a few.

Making Biodiesel Byproduct Soap Learn how to use your biodiesel byproducts to make great bar and liquid soap!!!

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