Natural Handmade Swirl Soap
Tina Glenn blends oils and butters to create her natural handmade swirl soap.
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Materials and Tools:
food grade vegetable oils and nut butters as follows:
-30-percent olive oil
-30-percent palm oil
-25-percent coconut oil
-5-percent castor oil
-5-percent cocoa butter
-5-percent shea butter
-5-percent lye super fat
sodium hydroxide (lye)
rose color cosmetic clay
soap cutter (similar to a wide cutting blade)
soap slicing machine
stockpot and hot plate
safety glasses and safety mask
1. Measure oils and butters by weight. Starting with cocoa butter, add coconut oil which makes the soap lather. The palm oil adds conditioning. Add shea butter. Cut the elements into smaller pieces to help speed the melting process.
2. Pour all the measured ingredients into a stockpot. Place the stockpot on a hot plate and melt the oils. Pour the melted oils back into the bucket and set aside to cool.
3. Place a glass jar on the scale and measure the lye. Measure the water into a pitcher. (Specific measurements were not provided.)
4. Mix the lye and water solution outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear a safety mask and safety glasses.
5. Add the olive oil to the other oils.
6. Pour the lye water solution into the oils and use an immersion blender to emulsify the two solutions together.
7. Pour one fifth of the raw soap into a separate container. Add the rose colored cosmetic clay to this container of soap and mix it with a stick blender.
8. Add the fragrances to the oils and blend.
9. After the soap in the pot thickens to the consistency of runny pudding, pour the colored soap into the pot in a C and S pattern (for the swirls). Do not mix them.
Make your own soap using finely ground coffee beans with these step-by-step instructions.