Ever wondered about this homemade soap (above) featured within my DIY Soapmaking Tutorial? It’s actually a deliciously scented strawberry jam scented soap that I used to sell on my local farmer’s market years ago. I haven’t made this soap in a long time, but when digging through some old books and loose recipes yesterday, I actually discovered I not only still have the recipe for making this sweet scented handmade cold process soap, but that the original fragrance oil I used to create it is still available from the same supplier.
I call this homemade soap Strawberry Preserves as I’ve accented it with exfoliating poppy seeds to make it look more like preserves, while the scent is an edible blend of strawberries, vanilla sugar and sweet syrup. But whatever you decided to call yours, you’ll love the lather and the fragrance guaranteed!
Handmade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe
5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
11 fluid ounces distilled water
To craft this handmade soap simply follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. Add the red iron oxide to the soapmaking oils once they have cooled and right before you add the lye-water. Stir well using a stick or immersion hand blender. This will ensure the color gets mixed evenly throughout the soap. Then add the lye-water to the oils and stir until trace at which point you would blend in the fragrance, ground oatmeal and poppy seeds. Mix well to thoroughly incorporate all ingredients, then pour into your lined mold and insulate for 24 hours before unmolding and cutting into individual bars.
This batch will yield approximately 10 – 12 bars (or a 3lb. batch) and will fit inside one of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds.
Allow bars to cure for 3 – 6 weeks after unmolding and cutting into bars. Wrap your final bars as desired with professional plastic food wrap film, Kraft paper, or fabric. As the fragrance oil contains vanilla, this soap will darken to a deep red over time.
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