This cold process homemade soap recipe was submitted by Shelby of Sweetdog Soaps.
Inspired by the festive Margarita drink, Shelby created this Lime-a-Rita homemade soap recipe detailed with “lime” wedges and sprinkled with coarse sea salt! (This is an advanced soapmaking recipe. If you’re making cold process soap for the first time I recommend starting with my cold process soapmaking tutorial.)
Lime-a-Rita Cold Process Homemade Soap Recipe
This is a 2.5lb/40oz batch in a loaf mold./© Sweetdog Soaps
13 oz. distilled water
6 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
For this homemade soap recipe, you’ll first need to make your “lime” wedges ahead of time. I personally like lots of limes on the top of my soap but if you prefer a neater look and only want one lime per slice, you can do that too.
Cut and cube the amount of clear melt and pour soap you need depending on the mold being used in a microwave safe cup and slowly melt in the microwave in 10 second increments, don’t boil the soap. Use your Da Bomb color drops to make your “lime” color. I don’t usually scent my embeds. Pour into mold and quickly spritz with alcohol to remove any bubbles. Place in fridge to set up, about 30 minutes. This can be done days in advance.
Second, prepare your lye/water by weighing out the ingredients and pouring the lye into the water and mixing until the lye has dissolved. I use Pyrex measuring cups. Don’t forget your gloves, mask, goggles and a clean apron. Set aside to cool.
Mix your soap colorants. I like to use olive oil to mix my colors for cold process soap. In separate cups, mix about 1 Tbsp olive oil with 1 tsp green chromium oxide color. Do the same with the Fizzy Lemonade colorant (or your favorite yellow) and the titanium dioxide. Mix well to remove any clumps or graininess in the colors.
Next, using a digital kitchen scale weigh out your oils/butters into a microwave safe container (I use pitchers from the dollar store) and heat in the microwave in 30-second increments. Melt and mix well until clear.
When oil mixture and lye/water mixture is at desirable temperatures, about 100°F degrees, add the lye water to the oils and blend just to emulsified, NOT to trace. Separate the batch in to 3 parts: About 8 oz. into a small pitcher and divide the remaining batch evenly into two larger pitchers. Mix the titanium dioxide into the 8 oz. batch and mix well (light trace).
Color the other two batches with the green and yellow colorants. Then add the fragrance oil amongst the batches to light trace. This fragrance oil behaves well and shouldn’t discolor the batches.
Pour some the green batch first, then “drop swirl” the yellow. Drop more green and then drop more yellow. Repeat until green and yellow batches are in mold.
I like to have my titanium dioxide batch at a heavy trace so I can spoon it on top and give it height and texture. Sprinkle salt and place limes on top.
Do not insulate or do CPOP method. You don’t want your “limes” to melt with the gel process. Spray top with alcohol and place in fridge overnight.
Unmold and cut into bars.
The only thing you need now is the paper umbrella.
Want to know more about Shelby and her homemade soaps? Be sure to visit her shop, Sweetdog Soaps, online. Shelby started Sweetdog Soaps one year ago with the desire to create body products that were more moisturizing as the dry weather common in Southern California is known for robbing skin of moisture. As Shelby has always been creative and has a background in chemistry, making her own homemade bath and body products was a natural step for her. She first started her adventure in the world of B & B by formulating body butters and then gradually moved onto making homemade soaps. Once Shelby’s family and friends tried her new products, they were hooked and her business was soon born. The name Sweetdog Soaps was inspired by her beloved Papillon, Nikki.
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