This is day 13 of my 30 day blogging challenge. My goal this month is to post one recipe every day.
These recipes feature natural colorants and additives and are scented using natural essential oil blends. They will all fit into a 10″ silicone loaf mold (affiliate link http://www.brambleberry.com/10-Silicone-Loaf-Mold–P5199.aspx?bb=5) from Bramble Berry. So let’s get started!
Sea clay – Sea clay is a wonderful additive for soap with its detox and drawing abilities. The clay acts as a mild exfoliant gently washing away dead skin.
Stevia leaf powder – Stevia leaf is a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners. Did you know it used to be banned in the U.S.? Does it do anything for soap? Not sure. But it is popular these days! Soap labelled with stevia might be a great conversation soap to have at shows. I had some…so I soaped it. 🙂 After doing a Google search, it seems that some say it is a wrinkle reducer.
Sea Clay and Stevia Leaf Powder Cold Process Soap
Coconut Oil – 12 oz.
Cocoa Butter – 4 oz.
Olive Oil – 14 oz.
Hemp Seed Oil – 2 oz.
Lye – 4.6 oz.
Water – 9 oz.
Sea clay – 2 teaspoons
Stevia leaf powder – 1 teaspoon
Essential Oil Blend:
Tea Tree Essential Oil – 30 grams
Lavender Essential Oil – 15 grams
Rosemary Essential Oil – 10 grams
Clary Sage Essential Oil – 5 grams
Basic Soapmaking Process:
New to soapmaking? Visit our basic tutorial here.
Step 1 – Wearing safety gear, weigh out the lye and water into two separate containers.
Step 2 – Pour the lye into the water while stirring. Place in a safe place and let cool while you prepare the oils.
Step 3 – Weigh out the hard oils/butters and melt.
Step 4 – Weigh the liquid oils into the melted oils/butters. This helps cool the oils down.
Step 5 – Add essential oils and additives to the melted oils. Stick-blend to get rid of clumps if any occur.
Step 6 – Once both the lye solution and oils have cooled to under 100° F, add the lye solution to the oils and mix to trace. Be sure to wear goggles and gloves!
Step 7 – Pour the soap into your mold.
Step 8 – Unmold, cut and cure your soap for at least 8 weeks.