Peppermint Lavender Lemon Soap

IMG_1396After experimenting with my first castile soap, I’ve decided that it’s better to use a coconut and olive oil blend soap. The castile soap I made had some odd consistency, although it was very moisturizing and gentle. This soap is a blend  of olive, coconut, and almond oil. It’s mostly olive oil, so I’m planning to cure it for a few months (as opposed to weeks).

This recipe is for 5.6 pounds of soap.

Ingredients:

*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.

  • 63 oz Olive Oil
  • 20.7 oz Coconut Oil
  • 6.3 oz Almond Oil
  • 28 oz water
  • 12.42 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • 1 oz Lemongrass EO
  • 2 oz Lavender EO
  • 0.5 oz Peppermint EO
  • 2 tbsp tumeric
  • 4 tbsp kaolin clay

Base Oil Composition:

  • 70% Olive Oil
  • 23% Coconut Oil
  • 7% Almond Oil

Directions:

Make sure you follow all the general safety precautions for making soap before you start.

  1. In a heat-safe container, add lye to your water, stir, set aside to cool. Be very careful not to spill, as this is a highly concentrated solution of lye. Keep some white vinegar nearby for an emergency neutralization.
  2. When the lye solution is close to 110F, set up a double boiler. Gently heat the olive oil to about 100F.
  3. Combine the clay with the warmed oils. Stir gently to mix thoroughly.
  4. Carefully pour the lye water into the oils. Gently stir with a heat safe rod.
  5. Pulse the stick blender in the mixture a few times, and then gently blend until you are about halfway to trace.
  6. Add the tumeric and essential oils. Pulse the blender to mix, stopping as you reach trace.
  7. Pour in the mold, and wait 1-2 days before cutting.
  8. Cure for 4-6 months.
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