Rose Clay Charcoal Cold Process Soap

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This is a recipe I used to make an awesome Rose Clay Charcoal Peppermint Tea Tree Soap. I will not be putting the amounts of water and Lye used only because you should always run your recipe through a lye calculator which will give you the Distilled Water and Lye amounts to use.

6 oz  Avocado Oil

2 oz  Babassu Oil

4 oz  Castor Oil

6 oz Coconut Oil

6 oz Mango Butter

16 oz Olive Oil

4 oz Rice Bran Oil

4 oz Sunflower Seed Oil

2 tsp Rose Clay

1 tsp Charcoal

1.4 oz Peppermint Essential Oil

1.6 oz Tea Tree Essential Oil

3% Superfatted.

If you have never made cold Process soap, Make sure you look up safety precautions when  using lye.  Always add your lye to water, never add your water into your lye.

This is how I make my soap, but you can come up with your own routine, and what works best for you when you are creating your soap. I always mix my Lye and Distilled water first so the Lye Mixture  has time to start cooling while I mix and combine my oils,  I then Melt and Combine all oils, and prepare my color mixtures of Rose Clay and Charcoal.

  • Disperse the 2 tsp Rose Clay with 2 tbs Sweet Almond Oil  mixing the powder with the oil until you have a nice smooth color mixture.
  • Disperse the Charcoal 1 tsp with 1 tbs Sweet almond oil mixing together until you have a smooth mixture.

Once the lye/water and oils have cooled to 130 degrees or below  mix your lye water and oils together  in a large pot or deep bowl, always adding the lye water mixture to the oils and blending with a stick blender  or by hand adding in   1.4 oz of Peppermint Essential Oil and 1.6 oz of Tea Tree Essential oil and mixing until a thin trace is achieved.  Once a thin trace has been achieved, split the batch into two bowls and Combine the disbursed Rose Clay into one of the Bowls  and add the Dispersed Charcoal into the other bowl, using  a whisk to thoroughly blend the color mixtures in each bowl.

Now it is time to pour your soap into your mold, I chose to pour the charcoal first then the rose clay, but this is your soap, so you can pour them in the mold however you want. You can swirl the mix together, layer them using rose clay first, you can even make 3-4 layers going back and fourth if you choose, I encourage you to have fin while you make your soap.

If you wish to make your batch exactly as I have pictured, then pour your  Charcoal mixture into the bottom of your 5 lb wooden loaf mold, then  add the Rose clay mixture on top, very slowly pouring it into the mold over a spatula (to slow the speed at which the mix hit the top of the charcoal) so it will lay on top of the charcoal layer and not go down to the bottom of the mold. If you have bubbles spray lightly with 99% alcohol to get the bubbles to pop.  Then cover your mold and let sit for 3 days before un-molding, cutting, and allowing to cure (dry/harden) for 6 weeks before using.

You will notice in my picture of my finished bars of soap, there are slight speckles in my Rose clay half of the soap, this is because I did not disperse my Clay into oil before adding to my soap, I just poured the clay in and then blended which left me with a few speckles in my finished product. So my advice for a perfect batch is to not skip dispersing  your clay/charcoal into oil before adding to your thin trace.

 

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My Start to Making Cold Process Soap

A little over a year ago I got this great idea to start making my own Cold Process soap. Let me just say I love making my own soap. Just being the one person who makes all of the decisions on the ingredients of  what goes into your soap and on your face and body is an amazing feeling.

Another Method of making soap  I have tried is the melt and pour method of soap making, and I was severely disappointed in the outcome. I found the Melt and pour soaps pale in comparison to Cold Processed soap  on so many levels,  the number one problem I had was buying the melt and pour base, what is really in that base you purchase? With Cold Process I know exactly what is in my soap because I put all of the ingredient in myself, I start with no pre-made base .

What I did not realize at the start of this cold process soap making endeavor , was the actual expense that goes into starting out making your own cold process soap.  The oils, Molds, Butters, Clays, Charcoal, Salts… So I found some basic recipes I wanted to try and ordered my oils, butters, and  charcoal and waited for everything to come in. I was  so excited, I couldn’t wait to start making my soap.

Once everything arrived, I cleared out my kitchen, placed my double broiler on the stove and went to start making my soap and encountered my first hiccup.   I had ordered 1 lb of  of the oils I needed in the recipes,  and found with the very first recipe I wanted to try,  I needed 18 ounces of Olive Oil, and found myself with only 16 ounces.  My initial disappointment aside, I am the type of person that will figure something else out to make my endeavor work. Thus my first experience in creating my own recipes from the very start, as I had to start researching oil substitutes and also my first lesson learned in ordering some oils in larger quantities especially the Olive Oil and Coconut Oil.

My advice to anyone who wanted to give cold process soap making a try,  would be to start out small, simple. 100% Olive oil soaps, or Olive Oil & Coconut oil with  some Shea butter or mango butter soaps to start out. You can order the 7-8 lb bottle of Olive oil, and rest assured you will use it all, same with the Coconut oil, or Rice Bran Oil…. You can use 7-8 lbs of Olive oil making just 2-4 loafs of soap, so by keeping the ingredient list small to give it a try will do wonders in  keeping the expense down to get started and still produce an awesome bar of soap.

I did find one of the best investments I made was the Wooden Loaf Molds.  I have found I like the loaf mold much better than the silicone shaped molds found on the market for Cold Process soap. Of course this is just my own opinion and my own experience with soap making that I have found the Wooden Loaf Molds to  work best for me and you can do a lot with them including ordering mold inserts to change up your soaps look. Other investments you would want to make, but you may already own them in your kitchen would be a stick blender and a Double broiler. Although you could enjoy the process without the stick blender I would not even attempt to start the process without a double broiler. I do know some recipes say to place ingredients into the microwave to melt, but I myself use a double broiler instead, it just seems more natural than microwaving my ingredients.

What I would recommend for someones first order to give Cold Process Soap Making a try would be:

Double Broiler – Unless you already own one

Loaf Mold

Freezer Paper – To line your mold and to save the expense of ordering a Silicone loaf mold to go inside the wooded or plastic loaf mold.and makes taking the loaf out of the mold so much easier.

Pyrex Glass Measuring Bowls (Medium to Large)

Lye & Distilled Water

Olive Oil

Coconut Oil

Castor Oil

Palm Oil

Essential Oils of your choice

Rose Clay, Sea Clay, or Charcoal – If wanted in your soap