Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Using Crisco in Soap

I had recently a phone call from one of our customers who had just bought some Crisco and noticed a different list of ingredients on the package. Crisco used to be a different formulation in Canada than the USA. I've been looking whenever I'm in grocery stores and sure enough, the packaging of the tubs has changed and the ingredients are not the same.

The ingredients used to say, partially hydrogenated soybean and palm oils, hydrogenated modified palm oil, mono- and diglycerides. Now the first ingredients are soybean and cottonseed oils. I don't have the package any more to put the exact ingredients.

The purpose of this post was to say that I've tried the new Crisco in soap using it in exactly the same proportions as the old formulation and it works just fine. When I melted the oils they didn't foam like the old Crisco, but beyond that I noticed no difference. The soap is curing right now, so I'll be interested to see if it's softer than when using the old stuff.

Why use Crisco at all? It's predictable. I use it all the time when I'm testing fragrances. When combined with coconut oil, you'll get a really hard, white bar, so it's obvious if a fragrance changes the colour or texture. It's readily available for people starting out and it's simple and reliable.

So if you're using the recipe from our catalogue, or one that I've told you about using Crisco, use the same amount of lye and water as before.

Happy Soaping.


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