My box of soap trimmings was finally full so I decided to make a rebatch soap. This type of soap is made with scraps or purposefully with unscented soap to add herbs, oils and delicate fragrances.
I added charcoal to make it more of a definite grey color. I chose valencia orange essential oil for this soap because I cant get this scent to come through in hot or cold process 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.
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.