Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tallow Shaving Soap

I just wanted to post what some of my shaving soaps look like after I make them.   To save on time I don't make several pucks of the same scent.   Instead I now make them in one block and leave them unscented.   As I work to fill orders, they are cut up and melted down and scent along with hydrolyzed wheat protein is added and it's poured into the container or mold.   This is not a melt and pour type soap but my own recipe using tallow and other oils along with lye to create my own shaving soap.  Yes I do melt it down and while it doesn't melt into a liquid like melt and pour soap it softens into a consistency that I can work with.

Here is my aloe vera version.  This particular block weighs 6 pounds and 5.5 ounces
When I need to make it up I make up 2 of these at once(total 12 pounds 11 oz)  and my particular mold for this is a plastic shoe storage container.  Just to give you an idea of the size, but I also put a jar of that I use for the shaving soap on top just to give you a visual.

The tallow shaving soap made with beer that I made up today weighs 4 pounds and 2.5 ounces.  The beer that was used is made by Boulevard and is a Unfiltered Wheat Beer.  100% of the liquid used in this soap is this particular beer.   The rectangular mold on the bottom is a silicone bread loaf pan.  Then because I needed more I used other silicone molds that I had which is why the top ones are an odd shape.   And like the aloe shaving soap this is handmade by myself and will be cut up and "melted" down so scent and hydrolized wheat protein can be added to it before pouring it into the jar or mold of choice.   The jar that is used for my shaving soaps was added into the picture so you can get an idea of size.

Hope you enjoyed seeing a little of what the raw state of my shaving soap looks like.


Mitch said...

I liked seeing your tallow shots, Krissy.

I also discovered I can take your soap out of the plastic tub, knead it into a ball and press it into my wooden soap holder.

Del DeVries said...

Thanks for the post! It is very interesting seeing the process that you use. I have some of your wonderful Sandlewood Tallow Shaving Soap. Great stuff!