If you are not using a stick blender I recommend getting one of the cheap ones, but if you are hand mixing make sure you mix it for several minutes, rest, mix, rest, mix some more. I have had a few hand mixed lotions fail to fully emulsify because I thought I had mixed it enough.
22.68 g emulsifying wax
8.5 g stearic acid
15 g shea butter
5.66 g coconut oil
10 g Apricot kernel oil
8.5 g rice bran oil
cool down/emulsification phase
333 g distilled water (hot)
100 g isopropyl myristate
This is a thick luxurious lotion with both green tea infused and cranberry infused butters. I’ve seen the infused butter trend pick up in the last few years, I’m not sure how long it will be a trend. It’s not hard to infuse your own oils or to use extracts and oils as a replacement to the infused butters.
I like my lotions on the thick side. I made this as a plain lotion, it is unscented and smells a little bit like green tea and quite a bit like unrefined shea butter.
22.65 g emulsifying wax
8.5 g stearic acid
10 g green tea infused almond oil blend
5 g cranberry infused shea & jojoba blend
10 g rice bran oil
5.65 g shea butter
8.5 g honeyquat
8.5 g jojoba oil
100 g isopropyl myristate
255 g green tea brewed with distilled water (hot)
4.5 g green tea extract
1% optiphen ND
.8 oz emulsifying wax
.3 oz stearic acid
.4 oz mango butter
.5 oz rice bran oil
.4 oz cranberry butter(shea butter, jojoba oil, cranberry fruit)
.1 oz jojoba oil
8.5 oz distilled water (hot)
.3 oz honeyquat
2 oz clary sage distillate
2 oz isopropyl myristate
.3 oz orchid extract
1 % preservative( I used optiphen ND)
Phase I: Melt all phase 1 ingredients in a double boiler. In a measuring cup measure out the distilled water and heat it to 140-160 degrees.
Phase II: Once the Phase I ingredients are melted and mixed remove from heat. Add the hot water to the melted ingredients of phase I slowly while blending with an immersion blender. Ensure complete emulsification by blending in bursts for several minutes.
Let it cool slightly before adding remaining ingredients, blending them in one at a time. Continue to blend until it becomes light and fluffy. Scoop into containers and allow to cool completely before sealing.
I used a lot of rice bran oil, Shea butter and cocoa butter in this recipe and bentonite clay. The clay adds some slip to this soap as well as changing the texture of the bubbles to be dense and foamy. Because of the clay the batter set up faster than I was prepared for, I didn’t have a chance to flatten out the tops before they were solid but these are just for family so it doesn’t matter much.
One more custom ordered Shea Butter soap. This one is scented with Sandalwood, Patchouli and Frankincense.
This is a shea butter soap, something special for a friend who likes purple, I am using ‘Queen’s Purple Mica’ from Brambleberry. It’s a simple design but I really like it.
I used fresh aloe vera gel in place of the water and a large amount of shea butter went into this recipe. Since it will be done curing in October I added orange and black colorant and a pumpkin spice scent. On the side I poured several unscented and plain aloe & shea bars as well. The white in this soap will darken a bit as it cures so you will need to use titanium Dioxide to keep white soap white.
7.5 oz Coconut Oil
6 oz Palm Oil
4.5 oz Shea Butter
4.5 oz Olive Oil
3 oz Castor Oil
3 oz Sunflower Oil
1.5 oz Hemp Seed Oil
4.17 oz Sodium Hydroxide
9.90 oz Aloe Vera Gel
(46.53 oz by weight total)
This recipe has a 5% Superfat, is 33% Aloe Vera Gel. Scented with 1.5 oz Pumpkin Spice Fragrance oil.
Colorants used: Activated Charcoal powder, Racing Stripe Orange Mica, Titanium Dioxide to maintain white color.
I did not add TD and this is the same soap 3 days later after darkening, it would be better with TD in my opinion..
After a walk with Drew yesterday I made a valencia orange loaf of soap with a spoon swirl design. This soap is primarily palm, coconut and olive oil with the addition of castor oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter and nettle extract, it has a superfat of 7%. I added bentonite clay to help hold the scent since I am using a citrus essential oil, it is said that citrus oils fade in cold process but this one has good reviews from soapers. I was also careful of the flash point.
I cut them this morning. The round soaps have pieces of loofah in them. Their scent is quite strong.
I am now at 20 bars made this last week, I think I am good until those are cured at least.
Every soap is still a new experiment for me, this is my 5th batch of Cold Process and per the rules I made for myself I had triple checked my recipe and prepared everything, created a perfectly fitting divider for my soap and as I was concentrating on not messing up the divider (because I have never used one before) it occurred to me that I forgot to line my mold. So I essentially had to run a knife between the soap and the mold to dislodge it.I will not make that mistake next time!
I adapted this recipe from my usual by adding oat extract and shea butter and selected a cranberry scent.
Great for rough dry skin, eczema or diaper rash. This one was a special request for a baby. This could also be used as a lip balm so grab a small container or two for a few bonus lip balms.
1.5 oz beeswax or candelilla wax
2 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Avocado Oil
1 oz Shea Butter
20 drops Lavender