The soap Great Cakes Soap Challenge for June 2019 is to make a soap with food and drink. I entered the Regular Category where you must use at least one edible (food) ingredient, with usage rate up to 1 part per 8 parts of oils, and at least one drink ingredient, usage rate 50-100% of the liquid portion of the soap. My Açaí Bowl soap is made with Açaí berry for the food, and coconut water as the drink. I chose to enter this specific challenge because I LOVE Açaí bowls for breakfast! The way I make mine is by combining coconut water with frozen Açaí puree - as seen in the soap recipe. I previously made an “Açaí Bowl” soap and thought it was a cute idea for the challenge. I was going to make that same recipe again and instead of melt and pour “fruit” on top, I would use the real thing, but dried. Seemed like it would work so I went ahead and bought several varieties of freeze dried fruits. I then made my standard batch of soap with coconut water as the liquid and added the Açaí at light trace as I did before.
Everything looked fine. That is, until I added the fragrance oil. I'm actually not sure what caused the problem, but my soap completely separated! All 3 lbs of it turned into a gloppy messy disaster. I tried again and did a larger water discount thinking maybe I had too much liquid. Same issue! So I reached out to a soap group and thankfully, saved my batch by hot processing it. Lesson learned, DO NOT throw away soap if it fails you. Unless its lye heavy, you can most likely save it. Try putting it in a crock pot, turning it on med-high and stir it until it is liquid. It really was that easy. See the images below of the before and after - such a difference!
Recipe and general instructions below. Please note, this is not a tutorial, it is for informational purposes only!
I used a 1:8 ratio of acai fruit puree to my oils, and 100% coconut water was the liquid to the lye solution. Makes about 3 lbs of soap!!
Olive Oil - 31.5 oz
Coconut Oil - 15.75 oz
Castor oil - 1.5 oz
Coconut water - 15 oz
Açaí Puree - 6 oz
Lye - 7.2 oz
3 oz fragrance oil - Blackberry Ambrosia from Nurture Soap
Soap dough fruits
Make sure coconut water is frozen into cubes
Add lye SLOWLY to the frozen coconut water cubes. Slowly as in, one spoon full at a time. It helps to put your lye solution in another bowl of ice.
Combine all 3 oils and heat to 110 degrees to melt the coconut oil.
Stick blend until thin trace is achieved.
Add the 6 oz of Açaí puree which is 1:8 of my 3# of oils
Stick blend or stir depending on the trace you want to achieve.
Stir in fragrance oil - I used Blackberry Ambrosia from Nurture Soap.
This is where things got weird - I added the fragrance oil and my batch went from smooth to separating until it turned into an odd looking tub of oil and jelly. I think it was the fragrance oil, so be careful here. You may need to hot process.
For my design I needed a very thick pudding like trace and when I ended up hot processing it, it was the perfect consistency.
Gather all of your toppings so you can add everything quickly.
Scoop pudding soap into circular mold.
QUICKLY add soap dough pieces or they will NOT stick - very important.
Let cool and you just made an Açaí Bowl Hot Process Soap!!
Tip: Water discount the amount of food puree you are adding to your soap batter or you may get glycerin rivers. If the lye calc says 15 oz of liquid, subtract the 6 oz from that.
Soap Properties: Though claims cannot be made for my soap to treat or cure any ailment or disease, The Açaí berry is high in vitamin c and is therefore known to have antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties which work to fight the cell-damaging free radicals that damage and age the skin. The Açaí berry also has a natural anti-inflammatory effect, making it a useful ingredient for treating acne. It has also been suggested that Açaí berry can help ease pain caused by damaged nerve fibers.
My take away is this, in soap making you need to be open to experimentation and new ideas, especially if you want to learn. My mistake actually worked in my favor. Instead of getting bent out of shape over my huge "fail" I rolled with it to see if I could make it work. The fast-setting nature of the hot process soap gave my "Açaí puree" a frozen look which I didn't plan on, but worked in my favor. So my fail turned into a win. Not every fail turns out into a masterpiece, but you do learn something for next time. I was able to make galaxy soap with the remains of the batter which looks like celestial planetary terrain.
Keep all foodie soaps out of the reach of children and hungry people! Ideally out of the kitchen :D