What's whipped soap?
It is still cold process soap made with lye and oil/butter, but added a twist similar to whipping body butter. Normally one would dissolve the lye in some kind of liquid, melt the oil and butters, mix them together at a certain temperature somewhere between 85F to 110F. Whipped soap is different in the sense that it's made under LOW temperature, below butter's melting point. First of all, not every recipe can be made into whipped soap, it has to have high saturated fat and low unsaturated fat. Saturated fat is what make an oil or butter "hard", like coconut oil, palm oil, cocoa butter... etc. My whipped soap recipe consists of 80% solid oil and butters under room temperature.
Short summary of how to make whipped soap:
- Melt the hard oil and butter, mix it well, then pop it into the freezer until it start to solidify again, similar to making body butter.
- Take it out and whip it to pump in air, air is what fluff up the mixture.
- Pour in cool (I mean it) lye solution into the whipped oil/butter then whip some more.
- Last, pour in the soft oil (liquid under room temperature), fragrance oil, and colorant then whip for the last time.
- Pour into mold of your choice and keep it cool for 24 hours.
If you prefer watching me do it, here's my latest video showing the making of this year's whipped (floating) soap:
Photos of just poured soap in the mold:
Why make whipped soap?! Well, it's fun! Take one to your tub filled with water and it would never sink down to the bottom! It's the air you whipped into the soap that makes it float !
Whipped soap has a texture similar to marshmallow or angel's food cake.
This one is scented with Sea Salt & Yuzu
And this one is scented with Sea Salt & Rice Flower
They are very spa type scents, great for the summer.
Did I make it interesting enough that makes you itchy to try yourself?!