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Last Day of Vacation/Valencia Soap

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.

 

Brick Red Oxide and Mantra Swirl

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.

Strawberry Essence Lotion

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This is a mild scented Strawberry Lotion made from Distilled Strawberry Fruit. I only had a sampler size so I made this as a small single bottle recipe, It fit perfectly into a 4 oz bottle.

Strawberry Essence Lotion

.2 oz Mango Butter

.15 oz Shea Butter

.25 oz Meadowfoam Oil

.2 oz Emulsifying Wax

.08 oz Stearic Acid

1 oz Distilled Water (Heated to near boiling)

2 oz Strawberry Essence

.8 oz Vegetable Glycerin

.15 oz Oat Extract

.1 oz Sea Buckthorn Extract

.05 oz Ginkgo Extract

1 ml Alkanet Root infused Sunflower Oil

Perservative of your choice(I used 1% Optiphen ND)

In a double boiler (I use a measuring cup and a small sauce pan for this) gently melt together Mango Butter, She Butter, Meadowfoam oil, Emusifying Wax and Stearic Acid.

Heat Distilled water in the microwave until near boiling, pour into mixing bowl and add melted butters and oils to distilled water slowly, whisking constantly. If your distilled water isn’t hot enough it will cause the oil mixture to partially resolify causing lumps. Whisk vigorously for about 60 seconds then slowly mix in Strawberry Essence and Vegetable Glycerin. Continue to mix for a few minutes then mix in remaining extracts Alkanet root and preservatives.

Rest for a few minutes then whisk for a minute, rest and whisk, rest and whisk until there is no separation after resting. When completely emulsified pour into container of your choice and let it sit open for at least 4 hours before applying lid.

Alkanet Root Colorant

I get mine ground up but not in a powder, it’s more like large coffee ground size. Add a tablespoon of the root to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil(I used Sunflower Oil) Seal it up in a jar and shake daily. After a week strain Root debris out of the oil and return oil to jar, Add another tablespoon of dried Alkanet Root to jar and shake daily.  After a weeks strain root debris from the oil and place oil in a clean jar and seal until needed.

Geranium Rose Soap with Rose Clay, Melt & Pour Recipe

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3.2 oz white melt and pour soap (I used the shea butter variety)

1/4 tsp Rose Clay

1/8 tsp Stearic Acid

1/8 tsp Oatmeal (ground to a fine powder with a blender or coffee grinder)

2 drops geranium Rose Essential Oil

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Chop soap into rough chunks and place into a microwave safe container with the Rose Clay, Stearic Acid and Colloidal Oatmeal. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds until it is mostly all melted. Remove and mix thoroughly until all soap has melted and is smooth. Add Essential Oil and pour into mold.

 

Shaving Cream

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Shaving Cream 

1 oz Stearic Acid

.5 oz Sunflower Oil

.25 oz Shea Butter

.25 oz Emulsifying Wax

4 oz Distilled Water

.5 oz grated Soap

3-5 drops Essential Oils (optional)

 

In a double boiler add everything except the Distilled Water and Soap until completely melted, remove from heat. Add grated Soap (I used honey melt and pour glycerin soap) and mix gently until dissolved. Add water and wisk for several minutes until mixture becomes smooth. I used three drops of Cedarwood and two drops of Bergamot for my scent. I also use a preservative, that get’s added last then wisk for another minute or two. Pour into container and let cool to room temperature before sealing.

 

Valencia Orange Lotion Recipe

This recipe makes 8.8 oz recipe by weight and I filled two 4 oz containers by volume and had a couple of teaspoons left over.

In a double boiler melt:

.15 oz Mango Butter

.15 oz Shea Butter

.4 oz Emulsifying Wax

.15 oz Stearic Acid

.4 oz Sunflower Oil

.15 oz Coconut Oil

 

When melted remove from heat pour into a mixing bowl and stir before adding:

6.25 oz hot Distilled Water (If you use cold water expecially without mixing first you will have the oils try to resolidify, particularly the stearic acid)

Stir gently for a moment or two until it has cooled a few degrees then add:

1.5 oz Aloe Vera Juice

.2 oz Meadowfoam Oil

.1 oz Vitamin E Oil

.1 oz Tamanu Oil

1-2 ml Valencia Orange Essential Oil

(add preservative of your choice according to it’s instructions, if it helps 1% of 8.8 oz is 2.6 ml)

Continue to let the mixture cool for a few minutes then test the lotion in liquid form on your arm to ensure you got the scent you wanted, adjust if needed. Pour lotion while still warm liquid into your chosen container, as it cools it thickens, leave the lid off for about 8-10 hours to let moisture escape while cooling, otherwise you may see condensation gathering and pooling on top of your lotion or your lotion will be too liquidy. After the cooling/resting phase place lid on container(s) and label.

I’m sorry I did not take pictures when I made this recipe.