Friday, 26 June 2009
How To Mix Titanium Dioxide into soap
on left - TD & ultramarine blue mix
on right - TD mix
TD being stick blended into lightly traced soap
the two batches ready for pouring.
The other day on Twitter, I was asked by Jo at The Soap Bar how I get my soaps so white? She knew it was TD but asked when I added it....to the lye solution? No.....
Here's a quick lesson:
I add it when the soap mix has reached a light trace.
In a 10lb batch (4KG for UK readers) I add 30g of TD to 50g of superfatting oil (I use either sweet almond, avocado, rice bran but on this occasion I used 50g of organic soya bean oil) and mix.
Add this mix to your lightly traced soap and stick blend so as to make sure the batch has dissolved it all (avoiding bits of TD being suspended).
If you want to split the batch into two colours, then first reach light trace, add your FO's or EO's and pour half of the soap into another container.
This time, I wanted a pale blue top with a white bottom, so I mixed the TD as above, but split it into 2 bowls, then to the other bowl, I added about 1/4 tsp of ultramarine blue and mixed before adding to one part of the soap.
I then simply poured the white soap into the mold, dusted on some cocoa powder to make a nice black line in the finished soap, then poured on the pale blue mix on top and peaked it with a chop stick.
To this organic mix, I did an EO combo of Juniper, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Patchouli & Ho Wood.
This is my first batch of organic soap. More to come, which I will show when ready.
spat out by FuturePrimitive Soap Co.