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Orange Peel Powder in Cold Process Soap

Oranges, yummmm! Can you smell it now? I love citrus scents especially anything with orange in it is fabulous. So, I am continuing on with my different powders to add to soap and I’m sitting here with the jar of Orange Peel Powder, just enjoying the scent and trying to decide what other products can I make with this stuff. Well, today I will show you how to include this into your cold process soap and I’ll keep thinking and share with you later what else I have up my sleeve.Here we go using the Orange Peel Powder, this powder has a tan and orange color with subtle color and mostly fiber to add to your soaps. Orange peel powder has a lovely aroma of oranges. The addition of orange peel powder can make a slightly exfoliating soap to a heavily exfoliating soap. Please add small amounts during test batches to determine your level of desired exfoliating ability. I have gathered some supplies and I’m ready show you how easy adding botanical can be.Supplies Needed:
Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Orange Peel Powder
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Soap Bucket
Soaping Goggles
Soap mold of choice


Recipe in Grams
170.1 Palm Kernel Oil
141.75 grams Coconut Oil
141.75 grams Olive Oil
62.37 grams Lye
177 mL Water
1 tsp Powder
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
2.20 oz Lye
6 fl oz Water
5 grams Powder
Recipe in Percentages
38% Palm Kernel Oil
31% Coconut Oil
31% Olive Oil
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Powder

I’m going to use the same soap recipe as I did when making the soap with infusions. This will give you some ideas and suggestions when you try the infusions or powders in your soap batches.

Begin by weighing all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water to form a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool separately until they reach a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. When cooled, mix the oils and lye solution together and blend with immersion blender until trace is achieved. Once your mixture has made it to trace add in your powder approximately 1 teaspoon, mix thoroughly then pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. If you want to add more powder do a second batch so you can compare the difference and your personal choice.

I have noticed that when adding the powder that I am getting a bright golden almost brilliant yellow color to the soap. I only used 1 tsp and got this fabulous color.

I hope you are making some great soaps with me and enjoying the fun. Check out the photos that has all the soaps lined up, Orange Peel Powder is the second to the last, beautiful yellow color. I will keep watching and see if the color changes while it cures.

Mixing Lye

Papriaka next to the pouring Orange Peel

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