Olive oil soap takes a really long time to Trace. Sometimes you start to wonder if it is going to happen at all. The trace is the point where a stable emulsion has emerged, and the soap has started to thicken. Higher temperatures speed up the process and you reach trace sooner.
We did a batch of soap in which we used 94% olive oil. Just to show how the process looks like, I took a video while Suvi was mixing the batter. Even though the NaOH solution was boiling hot when we added it to the oils it took nearly 5 minutes to reach light trace.
In this recipe we used:
- 94% olive oil
- 5% coconut oil
- 1% almond oil
- 25% water as percentage of oils
- Lavender, lime and bergamot essential oils