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Monday, July 11, 2011

Tutorial How to make homemade cold process soap

Today, our team mate Alecia who runs Arctida shop on Etsy is sharing a DIY tutorial how to make cold process soap scented with Lavender and Patchouli at home. This 100% essential oils is especially good for dry skin.

· 2 mixing bowls, preferably stainless steel or tempered glass
· A cake mixer or a blender.
· A thermometer, scale and a rubber spatula
· Several measuring cups and spoons
· A microwave or a stove top (clean is good, sterile not necessary)
· Container/mold with cover
· Lots of paper towels
· Rubber gloves and safety glasses

Olive Oil ~ 7.9 oz (225 g)
Coconut Oil ~ 4.4 oz (125 g)
Rice Bran Oil ~ 1.8 oz (50 g)
Cocoa Butter ~ 1.8 oz (50 g)
Shea Butter ~ 1.8 oz (50 g)
Alkanet root powder 1 ¼ tbs

Lye (3% superfatted) ~ 2.51 oz (71.2 g)
Water ~ 5.3 oz (150 g)

Jojoba Oil ~ 0.53 oz (15 g)
Lavender and Patchouli essential oils ~ 0.4 oz (12 g)

1. Suit up in safety goggles, gloves and long sleeves.

2. Add the lye to the water. Stir well taking precautions to not breathe in the fumes. Set the mixture to the side and allow it to cool to approximately 110F (~45°C ). You can put the lye water mixture outside if you are not in a well ventilated area.

3. Add all your fats and oils together and melt. Allow them to cool to approximately 110F, or within 5 degrees of the lye water.

Since I only use natural colorants, I had to prepare my Olive oil with Alkanet root powder in advance, hence the deep purple color of my oil mix.

4. Add the lye water mixture to the melted oils, carefully. Stir vigorously until trace occurs. Trace looks like a thin pudding. A stick blender will help speed trace along.

5. At the end of your trace, add extra oils (superfat your soap) and essential oils of your choice.

6. Pour your traced soap mixture into your molds.

7. Pop out after 3 to 5 days, cut it in bars and allow to sit for a full 4 to 6 weeks to cure and finish the saponification process. Recipe yields approximately 4 bars of soap, 4.5 oz (~ 125 g) each.



Maria Siyanko said...

wow! amazing tutorial!
thank you, Olesya!

GalaFilc said...

It is very interesting

SocksAndMittens said...

great tutorial, I always wanted to try to make the soaps at home

AlexMOS said...

Wow! It is so interesting! I like it and want to repeat after your lesson :)

IrinaN said...

Thank you for sharing!

Natalka Pavlysh said...

Interesting! Thank you for sharing!

osovictoria said...

Great soap recipe, thanks! Just pinned you to my pinterest under hand crafts.

Luxury by Vera said...

Very interesting! Thank you for sharing!

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