Soap with Herbs, Beeswax & Vegetable Oils – page 3

Make Modern Soap With Herbs, Beeswax And Vegetable Oils - page 3

Herbal soap:

You can replace the water in soap recipes with herbal tea, but to be honest, most of the properties (color and fragrance) are lost. The best way to use herbs in soap is to add dry, finely powdered herbs to the fats before adding the lye/water. Use anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup dried herbs to 1 lb soap. Restrict coarsely-ground herbs to about 1 or 2 tablespoons per lb soap because they contribute a coarseness to the soap that sometimes makes it uncomfortable during use.

The nicest way to add properties of herbs to soap is the addition of pure essential oils. Over time, soap can develop a "lye-fat" odor, which essential oil prevents. Use anywhere from 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons essential oil per lb soap (depending on the strength of the oil).

Color is an illusive thing as far as soap is concerned. Natural colors can be obtained by adding 2 tablespoons red clay, Calendula petals, or yellow palm oil.

Superfatting soap

The following recipes result in soap with very little excess fat. This soap leaves skin perfectly clean and smooth feeling. Some people like excess fat in recipes. To superfat soap, I recommend 2 to 4 tablespoons additional fat, such as castor oil. Castor oil is emollient and contributes to soap lather.

To superfat with other fats, you can subtract about .2 oz weight lye from one lb batches of soap recipes which allows excess fat to remain.

Now, the moment you've been waiting for --the recipes!

Ounces (oz) are determined by weight unless otherwise stated.

Homemade Soap Recipes :

This is the only recipe I've discovered that remains scent-free without adding fragrance to the recipe. This soap is a bit too harsh for bath soap, but great for cleaning, washing dishes, delicate laundry, etc. Great lather and no fragrance.

Ingredients:

* 16 oz coconut oil
* 2.8 oz lye
* 1 cup water (8 fluid ounces)

Fat and lye/water temperature about 120 degrees F

Estimated tracing time: 1 1/2 hours

Time in molds: 48 hours
Age: 3 weeks

Soap II -- Pure Soap Mink Oil Shampoo

Ingredients:

16 oz weight coconut oil
1/2 cup mink oil or (4 T. Castor oil)
2.9 oz lye
1 cup water (8 fluid oz.)
Oil room temperature.
Mix and use lye when the water turns clear. Put all ingredients in the blender.

Follow the instructions for "Blender Soap" Don't let this soap trace. Process until the mixture is smooth (no oil streaks) and pour it into molds. Leave in molds 2 days. Freeze soap 3 hours to release it from the molds. Age 3 weeks.

Soap III

Ingredients:

6 oz coconut oil
6 oz olive oil
5 oz vegetable shortening
2.6 oz lye
1 cup water (8 fluid ounces)
Fat and lye/water temperature about 120 degrees F
Time in molds: 48 hours. Age: 4 weeks

Soap IV

9 oz vegetable shortening
4 oz coconut oil
3 oz lard
2.4 oz lye
3/4 cup water (6 fluid ounces)
Fat and lye/water temperature about 120 degrees F
Time in molds: 24 hours. Age: 3 weeks

Homemade Soap Recipes : Soap V

A traditional and blender soap combination. The fats are expensive, but milk allows for about 12 bars, vs. only 6 bars of the same recipe without milk. Pretty sneaky, huh?

Ingredients:

8 oz weight cocoa butter
5 oz weight palm oil
3 oz weight castor oil
2.2 oz weight lye (sodium hydroxide)
1 cup cold milk (I used 2% right from the frig)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon essential oil (I added 2 chamomile tea bags and 2 jasmine tea bags, dry)
Fats: 100 degree range
Lye/water/milk combination: 125 degree range

Dissolve the lye in the water. Add all ingredients to the blender. Process about 30 seconds, or until the mixture looks smooth and a uniform color. It will not trace. Pour it into the molds (it won't separate, trust me)

Soap VI & VII

Ingredients:

16 oz lard or beef tallow
2.2 oz lye
3/4 cup water (6 fluid ounces)
Estimated tracing 45 minutes. Fat and lye/water temperature about 120 degrees F. Time in molds: 24 hours. Age: 3 weeks

Soap VI & VII

Ingredients:

16 oz lard or beef tallow
2.2 oz lye
3/4 cup water (6 fluid ounces)
Estimated tracing 45 minutes. Fat and lye/water temperature about 120 degrees F. Time in molds: 24 hours. Age: 3 weeks

Soap VIII -- Beeswax Castile

Ingredients:

16 oz weight olive oil
1 oz beeswax
1 oz palm oil
2.1 oz lye
1 cup water (8 fluid ounces)
(melt the beeswax with the fats)
Fat and lye/water temperature about 150 degrees F.

Tracing time: about 12 minutes FAST! (This is not a good blender soap candidate!) Time in molds: 48 hours. Place the soap in a freezer for 3 hours, then remove it from the mold.
Author:
Elaine C. White is the author of Soap Recipes: Seventy tried-and-true ways to make modern soap with herbs, beeswax and vegetable oils.
Reprinted with Permission.

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