This is day eight in 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.

Woad Cold Process Soap Recipe

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!

woad soap

Featured Ingredients:

Woad Powder – Woad powder gives soap a beautiful steel blue color. Woad has been traditionally used as a textile dye for years.

Check out this soap with woad, indigo and Cambrian blue clay from Mossy Creek!  LOVE!

Woad Soap Recipe

Coconut oil – 10 oz.
Cocoa butter – 2 oz.
Olive oil – 12 oz.
Rice bran oil – 4 oz.
Castor oil – 2 oz.
Sweet Almond oil – 2 oz.

Lye – 4.5 oz.
Water – 9 oz.

Additives:
Woad powder – 2 teaspoons

Essential Oil Blend:

Lavender Essential Oil – 40 grams
Peppermint Essential Oil – 20 grams

This lavender and peppermint essential oil blend is cool to match the color of the soap.

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 four weeks.

 

Happy Soaping!

Amanda Gail

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