Natural Handmade Mountain Man Detox Soap Recipe

DIY Natural Handmade Mountain Man Detox Cold Process Soap Recipe with Printable Labels - Great Homemade Gift Idea for Men

Most men probably care about their skin a lot less than women do, but that doesn’t men the appearance of their skin doesn’t matter to them. They’re just a lot less likely to complain about those bad skin days or let us know about it in general. So I crafted a fabulous handmade detoxifying soap for the men – and the boy! – in my life, that you can also create for the men and teens in your own life! Made with natural French green clay which nourishes skin with minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium, the clay in this homemade soap also help to removes impurities within skin and even shrink pores. There’s also a strip of activated charcoal which is believed to detoxify skin and naturally absorb odors.

To top it all off, this soap is scented with The Perfect Man fragrance oil. This fragrance oil gives this homemade soap a wonderfully classic men’s scent comprised of Japanese grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon followed by middle notes of peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine with a hint of peppermint which is then layered on natural patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, and frankincense. My boyfriend really loved the scent of this finished soap.

Natural Handmade Soap For Men - Cold Process Soap Recipe for Homemade Mountain Man Detox Soap with Free Printable Labels

Natural Mountain Man Detox Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

11 oz. olive oil
10 oz. rice bran oil
6 oz. 76 degree melt point coconut oil
5.4 oz. palm oil
2.25 oz. refined shea butter
1.6 oz. camelina seed oil

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. sodium hydroxide (lye)

At trace:
1/8 teaspoon chromium oxide green pigment powder
2 Tablespoons french green clay
1 Tablespoon activated charcoal
2 oz. The Perfect Man fragrance oil

Instructions:

This men’s soap recipe will fit into one of my wooden loaf soap molds {learn how to make your own} or into a silicone loaf soap mold and will yield approximately 10-12 4.3-5 oz. bars depending on how they are cut. You’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions as well as take all necessary safety precautions when creating this soap.

Start by measuring out 12 fluid ounces of distilled water and place into a pitcher or large glass pyrex measuring cup. Then, using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the lye, then stir into the distilled water until all of the lye has dissolved and set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and shea butter and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Place the pot on the stove and melt at medium heat until all ingredients have melted, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

While the lye-water and soapmaking oils are cooling, line your soap mold (unless you are using a silicone loaf soap mold which does not need to be lined) and measure out the activated charcoal into a small container. In a second container measure out the clay and pigment color and set aside. And finally, in a third container, measure out the fragrance oil and set aside.

I mixed this soap at around 110 degrees F as I wanted a slightly faster trace since I was creating two layers and needed the bottom layer to set up slightly before I poured on the top layer. The fragrance oil I used did not seem to accelerate trace even at this temperature and does not discolor the final product. I started by first pouring the lye-water into the liquified soapmaking oils and mixing with an immersion/stick blender until a light trace was reached. I then mixed in the fragrance oil and stirred until thoroughly incorporated. Next, I poured 1/3 of the soap into the mold, then tapped to even the soap along the bottom of the mold.

Next, slowly sprinkle the activated charcoal evenly along the layer of soap you just poured and set aside.

With the remaining soap still in the pot, stir in the green clay and pigment and mix well with your immersion/stick blender. Then slowly and evenly pour the remaining soap on top of the first layer and the activated charcoal. Once all of the soap is in the mold, you can use a knife to even out the top 3/4 of the soap. I generally run the knife back and forth along the width of the mold all the way down so that the knife only goes about halfway down into the soap to evenly distribute the soap from front to back, then run the knife back and forth lengthwise until my desired look is achieved. At that point you can also tap the mold on a hard surface to help release any remaining air bubbles if desired. Then cover your mold and insulate for twenty-four hours.

After the insulation period, unmold your soap and cut into bars. {Learn how to make a loaf soap cutter.} Set bars in a cool, dry location to cure for 3-6 weeks before use.

Handmade Gift Idea for Men - Natural Homemade Mountain Man Detox Soap Recipe with Printable Labels

Your soaps are now ready to be wrapped and labeled, used and enjoyed or gifted to that special someone. You can download my Mountain Man Detox Printable Soap Labels here along with a printable version of the recipe. I think these are just perfect as handmade Father’s Day gifts or to tuck inside stockings as homemade Christmas gifts for men.

Comments

  1. Gorgeous pencil line, it really makes this design stand out. =)
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