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Author Topic: Do any of you add ascorbic acid to your CP soaps?  (Read 994 times)
Studio Olivia
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« on: October 15, 2012, 09:19:28 AM »

Commonly known as Vitamin C, it helps skin heal itself and is good for aging skin.  Anyone use it in soapmaking and if so, how much?  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2012, 10:51:56 AM »

Its a highly reactive and sensitive molecule destroyed by heat and light and oxygen.  If you buy straight up vitamin c powder it should be kept sealed airtight in the fridge.  Its also sensitive to alkali being that its an acid.   when it touches active lye it will change to sodium hydrogen ascorbate.

I think it would be better suited for a MP or Syndet soap rather than a CP soap.

If I were to use it in a CP soap, I'd choose to add it during a rebatch and rebatch quickly and at the lowest possible temp, maybe even incorporate the Vitamin C before pour... treating it like a really delicate EO.
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Studio Olivia
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2012, 12:45:42 PM »

Thank you JuJuBean.  I have a friend who has developed skin atrophy and has only one layer of skin of her arms.  The doctor said this will spread over her whole body.  I want to make her a super conditioning soap, and had hoped to add Vit C since it helps build new cells.  I think making her a lotion or body butter might be a better way to go for the Vit C. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2012, 01:39:49 PM »

Hi there - I have very sensitive skin and make soaps for people with super sensitivity. I have found that any amount of Vitamin C on my skin burns like the dickens. You might want to add Aloe Vera or Vitamin e to your soap (that's what I use). It's very soothing and healing.
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2012, 05:12:48 PM »

hi Olivia,

I know vit c causes burning sensation. so better going with aloe vite and oatmeal(very very finely groung)to soothe skin.

Also u can do HP, and add tamanu oil or emu oil at the end. they r very regenerative. also u can add lavender or helichrysum EO.
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Studio Olivia
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2012, 07:24:41 PM »

I didn't think that the Vit c might burn, but it makes sense.  I just made my first batch of honey/coconut milk/oatmeal soap using organic baby oatmeal.  It is super conditioning and it not only turned out GOOD, but it looks and smells good enough to eat.  I hope it can help my friend's skin. I need it for my dry facial skin too.  Thanks for the input. 
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