I’m looking forward to taking part in a challenge swap that Kirppu from Kotikemistin pieni paja organized. She challenged each of us to send one of our favorite soaps and then also to send a soap using a new technique or ingredient that we had never tried before. Just after I signed up, I received a recipe for sunflower soap from one of my favorite suppliers in an email newsletter....a sign perhaps?! I have never made a soap with sunflower oil instead of olive oil; this soap recipe calls for just sunflower, coconut and palm oils. I’ve also been meaning to try yogurt in soap for a while too, so I substituted yogurt for the liquid portion of the soap.
A few things I noticed:
The yogurt turned BRIGHT reddish-orange as I was adding the lye, even though I had frozen it into cubes and was adding the lye very slowly. I ended up adding t.d. to my base oils to counteract the reddish-orange color of the yogurt.
The gold and copper micas both stayed shimmery, yay!
This soap took much longer than my usual recipes to bring to trace, I'm not sure if that is because of the sunflower oil? I thought the yogurt would accelerate trace, as my milk soaps tend to do, but the soap stayed at thin trace for quite a while. This would be a great recipe for fancy swirling techniques.