Green Tea & Agave Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Green Tea and Agave Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe

This homemade cold process soap recipe is formulated with skin conditioning oils like safflower and evening primrose oils and boasts the anti-oxidant power of natural green tea. A touch of agave is added for its humectant properties. I also used up the rest of my comfrey, calendula and plantain infused olive oil that I made a while back for my homemade black drawing salve recipe in this soap. However, you can use regular pomace olive oil if you like.

Finally, I chose to scent my Green Tea & Agave Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe with a Be Delicious Blossom fragrance oil I’d been wanting to try this one in soap for a while. I was really happy with the results. This particular fragrance is a sophisticated blend of ruby cassis, ripe pineapple, sweet rose blossoms and dewy fresh air. Naturally you can substitute the fragrance oil with any of your skin safe favorites or with half the amount of essential oil for a completely natural soap.

Green Tea & Agave Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

9 oz. olive oil infused with plantain leaves, calendula flowerscomfrey leaves
9 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
3.6 oz. grapeseed oil
3.6 oz. safflower oil
1.5 oz. castor oil
3.6 oz. macadamia nut oil
2 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. sesame oil
1.7 oz. evening primrose oil
.25 oz. carnauba wax
2 oz. stearic acid

12 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide pellets

1 oz. green tea powder
1 oz. light agave syrup
2 Tablespoons white kaolin (cosmetic) clay
2 oz. fragrance oil of choice (or 1 oz. essential oil)

Directions:

To create this homemade cold process soap recipe you’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Begin by measuring out the water into a large Pyrex measuring cup or heat proof pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye then slowly pour the lye into the water. Mix until all the lye has dissolved then set the lye-water aside in a well ventilated area to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils, cocoa butter, stearic acid and carnauba wax and combine in a large stainless steel pot. Heat over medium heat on the stove until all the ingredients have melted then set aside to cool.

Once the soapmaking oils and lye-water have reached around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make soap!

Slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Stir in the clay, agave syrup, green tea powder and fragrance oil and combine thoroughly using your stick blender until soap has traced fully.

Pour the soap into your prepared mold and cover, but don’t insulate the soap. Twenty-four hours later you can unmold your soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow the soap to cure 4-6 weeks before use for optimal results.

This homemade cold process soap recipe will fit into one of my easy DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Molds. The final loaf will yield anywhere from 10-12 bars of handmade soap depending on how thick you cut them. You can learn how to make a soap loaf cutter here for even bars.

Want to make this homemade cold process soap recipe palm free? If you are unable to source palm free stearic acid simply substitute the stearic acid with beeswax!

For more homemade cold process soap recipes go here. Or you can browse all of my homemade soap recipes by visiting Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. Also be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest Board for more great homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s from both Soap Deli News and around the web.

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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can find more of her amazing skin care recipes at The Nourished Life blog as well as right here on Soap Deli News. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News blog here in order to receive email updates.

Comments

  1. what gives the soap its lovely deep brown color?

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