SoapSwap Forums

 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 Next > End >>
panzerakc
User

Platinum Exchanger
Posts: 69
graphgraph
Karma: 5  
Working with oxides - 2009/10/07 12:27 Hey, guys, I haven't been around much lately. Not much soapmaking, either. I broke my ankle at Thanksgiving, and have had some complications for that.

Anyway, I'm trying to learn to make black soap. I have some really cool cat molds, and I'd like to make black cats for Halloween. (Or any other time, for the customers who like black cats.)

I know you have to be careful with the amount, so as not to get black lather, but is there a preferred way to add it to the soap? The first time I tried, I mixed some of the oxide with some olive oil, and added it with an eyedropper. I got as far as dark grey, but no black.

Is there a better way to add it? Any ideas on amount, per pound?

Thanks for the help.

Anita
  | | The administrator has disabled public write access.
Denise
User

Platinum Exchanger
Posts: 295
graph
Karma: 13  
Re:Working with oxides - 2009/10/08 11:08 Hi! Long time no see!
The instructions I have are 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per pound of oil. Now about black oxide It is very potent! If you have black soap you will have black lather, black body, black washcloths... I have a red bar that does this and trust me,it ain't pretty!! Maybe you could wrap the soap in black tissue or cello? It all depends if you want your customers to actually use the soap to wash with or just display it as a decoration... HTH Denise
  | | The administrator has disabled public write access.
Jan
User

Platinum Exchanger
Posts: 134
graphgraph
Karma: 10  
Re:Working with oxides - 2009/10/08 19:06 An alternative to making a "black" soap would be to use black clay or dead sea mud. I've been using dead sea mud a lot lately...nice stuff and you get a nice deep gray...not really black. I have seen some folks use Australian Black Clay and get a really black soap. Nice thing with the clays and mud is that it won't discolor skin, wash clothes, etc when you wash with it.
hope this helps,
Jan
  | | The administrator has disabled public write access.
Denise
User

Platinum Exchanger
Posts: 295
graph
Karma: 13  
Re:Working with oxides - 2009/10/09 07:10 See? That's why this board works so well! We all have our different areas of expertise and Jan KNOWS about black soap. Great idea about the clay!! I'll have to get some. I like to put a black swirl in my Black Raspberry Vanilla soap and sometimes I end up with some skanky looking gray swirls! Thanks Jan!
  | | The administrator has disabled public write access.
panzerakc
User

Platinum Exchanger
Posts: 69
graphgraph
Karma: 5  
Re:Working with oxides - 2009/10/09 15:45 Thanks, guys.

Jan, any idea on sources for black clay?

Denise, somebody (maybe The Vermont Country Store) used to sell black soap. Part of the sales pitch was that it was a black soap that produced white lather. So it can be done.

I just need to figure out how . . . .

Thanks again.

Anita
  | | The administrator has disabled public write access.
Jan
User

Platinum Exchanger
Posts: 134
graphgraph
Karma: 10  
Re:Working with oxides - 2009/10/10 07:54 I did a quick search on Google and found a website called Citrus Moon that sells the black Australian clay. Also, check out Ebay....that's where I purchased my dead sea mud. If you go the mud route, the more you add, the darker it gets (for a total of 8 lbs of soap I generally use two big heaping
spoonfulls)
Jan
  | | The administrator has disabled public write access.
<< Start < Prev 1 2 Next > End >>