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Studio Olivia
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« on: November 15, 2012, 02:27:34 PM »

I see that last year in August there was a discussion on putting molasses in soap.  Did anyone try it?  I woke up last night (another night of dreaming about soap) and wondered if anyone makes molasses soap. I found one gal on the internet who says she makes it and it smells sweet and is a neat carmel color.  So, I am thinking I need to experiment with it.  I will use it like I do honey.  I am thinking it will heat up quite a bit, but I am not sure.  I think a 1# batch will tell me what I want to know.  Am I crazy???
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2012, 02:48:54 PM »

Crazy !?! far from it . i am sure a lot of the worlds greatest inventions and creation stem from a dream . some of my vegetarian (food) recipes came from a dream and i got the poundage to prove it Smiley
i found one recipe online for molasses soap , maybe you already seen it . >.<  http://eviezeleska.blogspot.com/2012/01/molasses-soap.html
hope it help you some
if i come across anything else i will be sure to add to this subject
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2012, 05:30:27 PM »

I hope someone else can comment.  My molasses fermented before I could put it into soap!  I don't think your crazy!  I think it might make soap dark though.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2012, 05:51:27 PM »

I keep molassas year round and I've never had it ferment.  That's a new one on me!  anyway I say try it!  I'm dying to hear how it goes!
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2012, 05:57:08 PM »

I was sent 1/2 gallon of pure maple syrup by a relative in NH - a huge and welcomed surprise. Could the syrup replace the molasses in a recipe without difficulty? I don't usually use any sugars/honey in my soaps and I know, from reading here, that they overheat. Haven't cracked the jug yet - Can't decide if I want to weigh 300# by eating it on pancakes or use the whole thing in soap!
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2012, 06:24:20 PM »

Now you know I've used molasses in soap.  So far I've used it in at least 2 recipes. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2012, 06:26:07 PM »

Omg Situ. I would be kissing feet for that much maple syrple --- to eat!!!
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2012, 07:17:13 PM »

What is the benefit of beeswax in soap?
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2012, 08:23:03 PM »

I made 1# of molasses soap tonight.  It went together like a dream.  It's a pretty carmel color and so far it smells WONDERFUL!  I doubt the smell will hold up through the lye, but for now its there.  When I make honey soap I can tell right away its going to heat.  This didn't.  So far it is like any other soap...just a lot prettier and a lot better smelling without an added scent.  I'll let you know tomorrow what it's like.  I am hoping it won't be soft like honey soap is.

janeau, that is a very different recipe for soap.  I am not sure I would follow that one, but her soap is pretty, so she must know what she is doing.  I wonder if she adds the beeswax because the molasses causes the soap to be super soft.  I guess I will find out tomorrwo.  I just used my honey/oatmeal soap recipe and left the oatmeal out.  Patience...I just be patient...I hate waiting!!
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2012, 11:55:04 PM »

lolol i am waiting with you as well .... patiently Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2012, 05:54:54 AM »

situ,  please please please  don't waste that maple syrup in soap.  Send it to me instead.  i"ll send you some cheap/common real maple syrup instead.  Cuz I know what your relative sent you is first rate awesomesauce.

That's like putting Bissingers/Godiva Chocolate in soap. 
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2012, 09:15:32 AM »

I'm waiting but I'm not patient!  LOL
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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2012, 09:18:41 AM »

Would stearic acid do the same thing as beeswax?
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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2012, 10:00:49 AM »

I checked on the soap this morning and it is doing good.  Not ready to unmold yet because I made it around 8 last night.  So, I'll be patient and wait.

I just read an article on beeswax in soap.  It can add hardness to the soap, but too much can add "drag" and reduce lather.  So, the person writing the article says, "So why add beeswax to soap? Because you can and it adds label appeal."  Personally, I have no idea why I would add it.  I add SL to all my soaps, and it actually has some benefits to it.  Does beeswax have any skin benefits?  Anyone know for sure?  I added a bit to my body butter to give it "body", but I have never heard of anyone using it in soap.  Maybe I am just naive?
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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2012, 10:18:04 AM »

Loolee & Song, I no longer have kids at home so I could never eat enough pancakes to use up the maple syrup... And I'm not giving it to my kids for theirs... I do know how to can it to make it last longer, so will probably put it up in pints. Still, I'd love to try some in soap at some point, although I do have a great recipe for maple oatmeal muffins...

Studio, I wonder if blackstrap molasses would give it more color and a stronger scent?
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