I think it’s easy to guess that charcoal is one of my favorite additives. Aside from its beneficial properties, there’s just something mysterious, attractive and unique about the color black in soaps. It’s also something I always have at home. It is one of the best remedies for an upset stomach. I have also used it as a facial mask (mixed with yogurt), mouthwash, poultice, and to remove the onion smell from a container.
I had problems before with putting too much or too little charcoal. This time I used 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp charcoal (6 grams) for 900 grams of oils (olive, coconut, lard, rice bran, castor) and it looks like I found the perfect ratio. The color is a deep black but it does not bleed into the suds.
I can’t stop smelling these! I have been disappointed with some of the fragrances I got, but this one is a gorgeous manly vanilla. This is my favorite scent so far. It accelerated trace just a bit. It was soaped between 95-105˚F.
It had light soda ash when it was unmolded, but with the high humidity brought on by the rains, the ash disappeared! It has just been 4 days, so it remains to be seen if it stays ash-free.