Making Soap from Diane’s Cupboard
|Today, we will start with Diane’s cupboard. She asked me for a moisturizing soap recipe as well as a lotion and lip balm that would use her ingredients in her cupboard. Here are the ingredients in her cupboard.
To begin, I decided that I would tackle the first request for a moisturizing soap. Since most of the oils in Diane’s cupboard are great oils with moisturizing properties, it was easy to formulate a soap to meet Diane’s request. Let’s head off to the blog kitchen and have fun!
Collect needed items:
Weigh fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Combine the scent blend in a beaker and set aside.
Combine the fixed oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. For me, this took almost 90 seconds to reach the thin trace. At this point, you can add any desired fragrances or botanicals to the soap. I poured the soap into the Rubbermaid Drawer Organizer #2915. I allowed the soap to sit until was firm.
The next morning the soap was cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.
I like this soap and I think if you added a clay to the recipe, this would make a fantastic shaving soap. I would recommend using herbal or earthy type scents to work with lanolin scent as I doubt floral, ozone, or food type scents would work as well.