A Botanical Soap Sneak Peek!
|I wanted to give everyone a little sneak peek to what to expect here on the blog for the next little bit. We added several botanicals to our catalog and I have been dying to make some soap with them. I can’t wait to see these in action and I know I can’t be the only one. Come join me for this botanical fun!Now I will be making soap using one pound of oils. Let me give you a little run through of my recipe so if you would like you can join me! Not only will I be making soaps with these botanicals, I will also be comparing a milk soap made with each botanical versus a soap not made with milk. Our recipe will have Palm Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Shea Butter. Palm Kernel Oil gives a firm white bar with big lather similar to Coconut Oil. Olive Oil contributes a smaller denser lather while Shea Butter contributes a richness to the lather that makes the skin feel supple and soft. Here is my basic recipe.
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
2.45 oz lye
This will put this recipe at 6% excess fat.
For this recipe, I will need to use 6 oz water or if I am doing a milk soap, 3 oz water and 3 oz milk. Weigh your oils. Mix your lye into your water and set aside to cool a little. Heat your gently until they are liquid. I heat it a little bit at a time and stir it frequently to avoid superheating my oils. When both my oils and lye solution are about 130°F I will add my lye solution to my oils and start to mix. As soon as I reach a light trace, I will add my botanical. I will use 1 teaspoon of botanical for each batch of soap. If making a milk soap, add your milk at this time. (If you so desire, this is the time when you would add a fragrance or essential oil. I will not be adding any so I can see if any odors come through from the botanicals.) Stir in well. Pour into mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Remove from mold and cut. Allow your soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar.
If this seems confusing, don’t worry. I will cover this with every batch of soap. I will also include my notes and thoughts I have about mixing the soap, odor and final colors. It will be a great series!
I can’t wait to get started! If you want to join me for this adventure, make sure you have all of the supplies on hand! I promise you won’t want to miss out on this!
Here is a quick reminder of all of the botanicals we will be using. Alkanet Root Powder, Annatto Seed Powder, Kelp Powder, Madder Root Powder, Olive Leaf Powder, Orange Peel Powder, Paprika Powder, Safflower Powder and Spirulina Powder. See you in the blog kitchen!