Throughout its life snakes molt usually every 3-6 months. Snakes drop a thin, translucent old skin. That skin is composed of keratinized epithelial cells, which contain a large amount of keratin. Under the influence of alkali, keratin breaks down into the amino acids (cystine, glutamic acid, glycine, leucine, arginine, and others). Soap with snake’s skin may have characteristics similar to soap with natural silk.
Melt butters on water bath, then add stearic acid.
Pour the alkali in the water of room temperature.
Wait until dissolved alkali and alkaline solution becomes clear.
Add pre-shredded snake skin.
In an alkaline solution snake skin turns into a viscous, sticky mass. Stir occasionally and wait 10-15 minutes for dissolution of skin.
Snake’s skin needs a fairly high temperature to be dissolved in alkali, so don’t cool down the water for alkaline solution before use.
Strain the mixture through a nylon sieve.
Rub snake skin particles through the sieve to separate insoluble particles.
Check the temperature of the alkaline solution and melted butters – they should be about the same.
Permissible temperature difference is only a few degrees.
Carefully pour melted butters into the alkaline solution.
Use a silicone spatula for mixing.
At that stage you can use a hand blender and stir until the soap reaches slight “trace”.
The easy way to define the readiness of your soap is to look at the drops on its surface. Drops fallen on the surface must keep their trace on it for a while and then disappear.
Add perfume to the soap, ensure that these are well mixed again. Then divide the soap mass into several parts.
Preparing dyes. Stir red and black clay in a little amount of butter. Black color clay can be enhanced using black pigment dye.
Pour clay blend in a soap, mix it thoroughly.
Lay the mold with parchment paper and fill with soapy mass of different colors.
When all the soap mass are in the mold, tap the container on the table. this will remove all air bubbles.
Top surface of the soap may be decorated.
The finished soap must be wrapped in a towel and put it on a hot radiator (if winter) or in a preheated oven. Please notice that preheated oven must be turned off.
You need to wait for about 24 hours to remove soap bar out of mold.
Cut it into pieces and place in individual plastic wraps. Snake skin soap requires about a month of ripening before use.
Soap with snake skin has a soft creamy fine foam which is great in removing of dirt and maintaining moisture of your skin.