Second week, second test... Tussah silk
Such a beautiful ingredient! I like to work with it. First of all, because it's very soft to work with, but above all, the benefit it brings to the soap is remarkable
Look how the fibre are light and thin
And one good point as well of using tussah silk into your soap is that you don't need a lot to work with. A tiny amount is necessary. You can add between 0.03 and 0.2% of the total oils at your lye solution . And because it's light, it finally represents a lot
How to work with tussah silk? It's very easy, you have to separate the fibre and cute them into a small pieces as I did on this follow picture. That's the most difficult things to do, because you'll see, silk is very hard to cut. There is almost no texture, it's quite tricky
Then, the best way to dissolve it, is to incorporate the silk into your lye solution when it's still hot. You have to stir it quite often to help the silk to dissolve quickly
Silk into lye solution straight after mixing the caustic soda with water. Stir it for 2 min
10 min after, the silk starting to dissolve. Stir it for more 2 min
20 min after the step 1, the silk is almost completely dissolve. It's ready to mix with your oils
What are the benefit of tussah silk into the soap?
- It definitely gives a slippery effect to a soap
- Add a silky filling to a soap, a kind of softness
- It gives to a soap a shiny appearance
Using a soap made with tussah silk is a real luxury for your skin, I really like the feeling
Let's play a little game for the next test:
I give you a clue for the next ingredient test: As fresh as ice... What it can be?
If you can find it, I'll send you the soap of your choice on the blog. I'm looking forward to see your answer!!!