In the spirit of using up leftover oils lying around, I have concocted another modgepodge soap. It turned out… interesting. The candelilla wax has a very high melting point (160 F), and I usually soap around 110 F. After I poured the soap in the molds, it cracked due to the heat since my soaping temperature was so high. I guess the final bar will have a very organic shape. I also had a lot of sunflower oil, and even though it makes for an extremely soft bar of soap, I have read here that it can be used up to 100% composition in cold process soap. I wonder how the final bar of soap will turn out…
The below recipe makes about 8 lbs of soap. I used my long wooden mold and a shorter, but longer cardboard mold.
*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.
- 62.7 oz Coconut Oil
- 42.7 oz Sunflower Oil
- 2.1 oz Candelilla wax
- 0.65 oz Mango Butter
- 0.85 oz Shea Butter
- 35 oz water
- 16.75 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
- 2 oz Sage EO
- 2 oz Pine EO
- 2 oz Ylang Ylang EO
- 1 oz Peppermint EO
- 3 oz. Bentonite Clay
- 1 oz. Madder Root powder (color)
Base Oil Composition:
- 56% Coconut Oil
- 39% Sunflower Oil
- 2% Candelilla Wax
- 0.8% Shea Butter
- 0.6% Mango Butter
More detailed directions here.
- In a heat-safe container, add lye to your water, stir, set aside to cool to about 110F. I used a plastic bucket to mix the lye in, and put that bucket in a larger bucket packed with ice water. Worked just fine!
- In a separate container, melt and combine the base oils. It will completely melt around 160F.
- When the lye water is cool, pour the lye water into your base oils and blend with a stick blender.
- After a few pulses with the stick blender, add the madder root powder and the clay. Pulse a few more times to incorporate the powders.
- Stir in all essential oils by hand. If you use the stick blender, do so with caution! You may accelerate trace.
- After your hand stir it well, blend with the stick blender.
- Pour in your mold, and allow to sit for 1 day.
- Unmold, cut, and cure for 6-8 weeks.