Friday, February 26, 2010

MARIGOLD


This soap doesn't have any fragrance or colourants! I am starting to believe that it's all the synthetic additives in the soap that usually make my skin dry and itchy. This recipe has a very high amount of coconut and the Soap Calc gives 18 for cleansing. Still, this soap doesn't make my hands dry at all. Another thing I like about this recipe is that the soap rinses off very well. I originally made this for my DH who doesn't want anything sticky or creamy on his skin.

Recipe:
270g (30%) Olive oil
270g (30%) Apricot Kernal oil
243g (27%) Coconut oil
117g (13%) Shea butter

280ml water
120g NaOH (=10% superfat)

Calendula (Marigold) petals

Method:
Oven hot process

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

HAPPY GARDENER




This is my version of a gardener's soap. They are usually soaps that are effectively cleansing, scrubby and yet moisturizing. This one has only natural ingredients (except for the NaOH of course). The greenish colour comes from french clay and the scent comes from beeswax and marigold petals. This is the soap that an organic gardener washes her hands with after a day of planting, pruning and weeding.

Recipe:
300g Coconut oil
240g Olive oil
176g Canola (rapeseed) oil
120g Shea butter
64g Beeswax

320 ml water
112g NaOH

3tsps Green Argiletz clay
3 tsps ground almonds
3 tsps pulverized calendula petals

Method:
Oven hot process
100 C for 60 minutes

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A THIN LINE



Recipe:

34% Evening primrose oil

26% Coconut oil
20% Shea butter
13% Cocoa butter
7% Aloe butter

Cacao powder
28% water as percentage of oils
10% super fat


Method:
Cold process

To make the thin line I followed the instructions shown by Tiggy Fiander from FuturePrimitive Soap. If you haven't seen the video, check it out on YouTube. 

As I have very dry skin, I have been hesitant to use much coconut oil in my recipes because it is said to have drying effect. To my surprise, this soap doesn't dry your skin at all! It must be the 10% super fat that makes this feel just wonderful. 


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DREAMING OF PROVENCE



Recipe:
75% Olive Oil
20% Cocoa Butter
5% Castor Oil

28% water as percent of oil weight
7% super fat

In 1200g oils:
3tblsp Green Argiletz Clay
5g Lavender Woods FO

Method: 
Cold process

I  wanted to try how to make layered soap. To make things even more exciting, I didn't use any of the recipes I had already tried before... This one should be extremely gentle and mild: Soap Calc gives cleansing 0, conditioning 74, bubbly 5 and creamy 25. Instead of using 100% Olive oil, I added some Castor oil to make the soap more bubbly. However, I can't remember anymore what was behind the idea to add some Cocoa Butter into this and now I am a bit worried that the soap might become too slimy. Now it's going to be a long six weeks' wait until I'll be able to try out how the soap feels.

To the actual process then. When I had a light trace, I divided the batch into three separate bowls. To the first bowl I added 2 tblsp of green argiletz clay and mixed it up with a stick blender until I had a thick trace and poured it into the mold. Next, I added 1 tblsp of green clay into the second bowl and mixed that with a stick blender until thick trace. As soon as I got the second one into the mold, the remaining bowl with no color had become quite thick already, so I just mixed it up a bit by hand and poured it into the mold.

When all the soap was in the mold, it was already thick enough to play with the top. To get nice swirls I used a 2 mm bamboo dp knitting needle. The next day it was still very soft, so I threw it into the freezer for a couple of hours and cut it while frozen. After that the bars hardened quite quickly. All in all, making layered soap wasn't all that easy, but the result seems to be definitely worth the try though.

In the picture, that yellow area is not DOS. It is a shadow, there is no yellow in the soap. 


Sunday, February 7, 2010

THE TRUE PRINCESS' SHOWER BAR


What would be more wonderful than a handcrafted  pink clay soap? The oils used in this recipe are beneficial for sensitive, dry and prematurely aged skin. The bar contains rejuvenating moisturizing oils and the pink argiletz clay leaves a silky feeling on the skin.

Recipe:

350g Apricot Kernel Oil
250g Shea Butter
150g Cocoa Butter
150g Coconut Oil
100g Castor Oil

2tblsp Rose Argiletz Clay
10g Paradise FO by Gracefruit

130g NaOH
275ml water

Method:
Oven hot process
temp. 110C for 90 minutes

You might want to increase the amount of water up to 375ml. I am not sure why, but the soap almost came out of the pot a couple of times in the oven. I usually check the soap every 15 minutes when it is the oven. This time I really didn't see the soap gel and it was hard to say if it was ready or not. Adding a little more water in the recipe might solve this problem. Anyway, that's why I ended up keeping it in the oven for 90 minutes. The next day the pH of this batch was 9, so the saponification must have happened even though I did not clearly see it.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A HINT OF CHOCOLATE


This soap recipe has a very large amount of coconut oil, which makes it effectively cleansing but also a bit drying. Together with Castor oil, the Coconut oil contributes to generous bubbly and creamy lather. I use this soap for hands only.

Recipe:

300g Coconut Oil
250g Castor Oil
200g Canola Oil (rapeseed)
170g Olive Oil

250g water
129g NaOH (= 5% super fat)
~ 5g Chocolate Truffle FO by Gracefruit

Method:
Oven hot process
temp. 110C for 60 minutes

The Chocolate Truffle FO has an adorable scent and it discolours very dark brown. I only had some remainings of the FO left, maybe about 5g. Even though the batch was quite large, the colour came out very dark. The marble like texture of oven hot process soap and unevenly swirled FO created quite a nice look.