I’ve started experimenting with new soapmaking oils and ingredients recently. You may have already tried my Handmade Skin Loving Soap Recipe which contains not only my favorite butters – shea and illipe – but also a combination of rich soapmaking oils known for their skin conditioning properties – jojoba oil, soybean oil and rice bran oil. For this recipe I wanted to combine ingredients that were known for not only their benefits to skin, but to hair as well, in order to create a multi-purpose bar of soap
Jojoba oil makes for a wonderful scalp cleanser for hair and absorbs quickly into skin since it’s similar to our skin’s own sebum. It helps to lock in moisture and reduce frizziness as well as help to strengthen hair and prevent split ends.
Aloe vera not only soothes skin, but it’s also been shown to promote hair growth it also helps to alleviate itching and dryness especially for those who suffer from scalp psoriasis. In addition, aloe helps hair to retain water and moisture and it’s anti-fungal properties also help to curb dandruff.
Illipe butter is a natural moisturizer that not only helps to prevent wrinkles and reduce inflammation, but also assists in preventing acne and eczema.
Handmade Jojoba Oil & Aloe Soap & Shampoo Bar Recipe
3.6 oz. palm oil
3.6 oz. illipe butter
3.6 oz. unrefined shea butter
4 oz. jojoba oil
4 oz. rice bran oil
12 oz. soybean oil
4.5 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
10 fluid oz. distilled water
For this recipe, you will be following your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. If you have never made soap before, I recommend familiarizing yourself with the process before attempting this soap recipe as well as starting with a simpler recipe that contains fewer and less expensive ingredients should your first attempt at soapmaking fail.
Start by preparing your lye-water so it can begin cooling. Next, measure out the distilled water called for in the recipe into a large glass pyrex measuring cup or plastic pitcher. Then weigh out your lye using a digital kitchen scale and slowly pour into your distilled water in a well ventilated area. Stir with a non-aluminum utensil and set aside to cool.
Then, using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out your oils and butters and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Place the pot on the stove and set to medium. Watch closely so that your oils don’t burn or start to boil. As soon as the oils have melted completely, remove from heat and turn off your burner. Set aside to cool. Keep tabs on the temperatures of you lye-water and oils with a kitchen thermometer. Once these both reach about 100°F you are ready to combine them.
While you are waiting on your lye-water and oils to cool, you can line your soap mold and prepare your other ingredients. Weigh out your aloe vera gel in a clean glass pyrex measuring cup and set aside. In a separate container, weigh out your fragrance or essential oils. I used a white tea fragrance for my own batch of this soap. However, you can also use essential oils based on their skin care properties. For dandruff or acne, try using a combination of rosemary and peppermint essential oils with just a touch of tea tree oil. You can also mix skin safe fragrance oils and essential oils together for your very own custom fragrance. Pink grapefruit fragrance oil mixed with a small amount of lemongrass and peppermint for example, smells heavenly and is perfect for summer. You can also weigh out your dried rose petals in a bowl or other container and set aside. I chose to use freshly dried pink rose petals from my rose bushes as I just happened to have them on hand.
Once your oils and lye-water have cooled, you’ll start by pouring the aloe vera gel into your melted oils. Next, slowly pour your lye-water into the mixture then use a stick (or immersion hand) blender to mix the ingredients. Once your soap reaches trace, mix in your fragrance and/or essential oils and rose petals if desired. Blend thoroughly, then pour your soap into the mold, cover with a piece of cardboard (or lid) followed by a towel to insulate the soap and set aside for 24 hours.
After twenty four hours have past, unmold your soap loaf and cut into bars. Then set your soap aside on a drying rack or on a wax or parchment paper covered surface to cure. Your soaps will be ready for use in 3-4 weeks and can then be packaged for use or sale.
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