Exfoliating Spring Gardeners Cold Process Soap Recipe

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This exfoliating spring gardeners cold process soap recipe naturally exfoliates with poppy seeds and walnut shell powder to help remove tough dirt and grime.With spring right around the corner now is the perfect time to start making this exfoliating gardeners cold process soap recipe. Make it now and it will be cured and ready right about time to put your first seedlings in the ground. I made this homemade pink and green exfoliating soap using two different batches of cold process soap and three fragrances – Farmer’s Market Baby Bibb fragrance oil, lemongrass essential oil and peppermint essential oil. However, you can customize the fragrance and look any way you like or make both batches of soap from the same recipe.

Homemade Gardeners Cold Process Soap Recipe

©Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients for Pink Soap Chunks:

4 oz. soybean oil
7.2 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
6.1 oz. pomace olive oil
6.3 oz. sustainable palm oil
5.1 oz. sunflower oil
2.3 oz. shea butter
3 oz. castor oil

3.4 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
8.75 oz. distilled water

2 oz. Farmer’s Market Baby Bibb fragrance oil or similar
1 teaspoon red orange mica powder or similar

Ingredients for Exfoliating Green Soap:

10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
7.2 oz. sustainable palm oil
7.2 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
1.8 oz. illipe butter

4.8 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
12 oz. distilled water

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon green chromium oxide pigment powder
.5 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.5 oz. peppermint essential oil
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
2 teaspoons ground pumice
1 Tablespoon walnut shell powder

Instructions:

To create this gardeners cold process soap recipe, you’ll begin by making the pink soap that will be the chunks inside the second batch of soap following your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. (This will fit inside one of my DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Molds.) You’ll need to weigh the ingredients using a digital kitchen scale.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water into a pitcher or large glass Pyrex measuring cup, then weigh out the lye and stir into the water and set aside to cool. Then weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a large stainless steel pot. Heat on the stove over medium heat, removing from heat once all the oils have melted. Once the oils and lye-water reach about 100° F, you’re ready to make soap.

Begin by measuring out and mixing the red orange oil locking mica shimmer into the oils with a stick blender. Once thoroughly combined, slowly pour the lye-water into the oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Add the Baby Bibb fragrance oil and mix thoroughly then pour into your prepared mold, cover and insulate for 24 hours. Once the 24 hour period has passed, unmold your soap and cut into square chunks.

Prepare two molds for the next stage and evenly distribute the pink soap chunks between the two molds.

You’re now ready to start on the second batch of exfoliating green soap. Repeat the same steps as your first batch of soap using the ingredients listed for the second batch mixing the green pigment and exfoliants into the melted soapmaking oils before adding the lye-water to ensure even distribution. Add the essential oils at a light trace and mix thoroughly.

Now pour the soap evenly into each of the two prepared molds with the pink soap chunks. Tap each mold several times on the counter or table to make sure the soap gets around all of the chunks and to remove any air bubbles, then cover and insulate for 24 hours. After the insulation period you can unmold the soaps and cut into bars. Allow to cure for 3-6 weeks then package as desired with with professional plastic food wrap filmKraft paper, or even fabric, and label. If you’re making these to sell, you’ll need to include the weight of each bar of soap on your label.

For more great homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest. And for spring gardening ideas and how to’s check out my Pinterest Gardening Board! You can also keep up with all my DIY projects and handmade bath, body and beauty recipes by following me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Blog Lovin’ and Instagram!

Homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe

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DIY Homemade Strawberry Preserves Cold Process Soap Recipe

Ever wondered about this homemade soap (above) featured within my DIY Soapmaking Tutorial? It’s actually a deliciously scented strawberry preserves soap recipe 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 my homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe 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!

Homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

12.8 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
6.5 oz. sustainable palm oil
6.6 oz. pomace olive oil
6.6 oz. canola oil
2 oz. rice bran oil
1.5 oz. refined shea butter

5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
11 fluid ounces distilled water

At trace:

2 oz. Strawberry Jam fragrance oil
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
4 Tablespoons rolled oats, ground
1/4 teaspoon red iron oxide pigment powder

Instructions:

To craft this homemade strawberry preserves soap recipe 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.

How to Make Homemade Soap - DIY Strawberry Preserves Cold Process Soap Recipe

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.

For more great homemade soap recipes as well as other natural bath and beauty recipe ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also keep up with all of my posts by following Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’.

Natural Homemade Patchouli Soap Recipe with Printable Cigar Band Labels

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This homemade patchouli soap recipe is perfect for the hippie in you! It contains a naturally exfoliating "granola crunch" and patchouli essential oil. Comes with free printable cigar band soap labels.I’ve been wanting to make a new patchouli soap recipe for a while. I had stopped making it some time back as the cost of patchouli essential oil had gotten so high. Now that it’s come back down, I decided to formulate a homemade patchouli soap recipe with a hippie theme. While the fragrance of patchouli essential oil is already the stereotypical hippie scent, I thought why not throw some granola in the mix as well?

I also made this patchouli soap recipe completely free of palm oil for those who are concerned about finding and/or using ethically sourced palm oil. What I ended up with is a soap I’ve named Patchouli Granola Crunch. It’s eco-conscious, filled with the goodness of rolled oats, and is scented with the rich, earthy fragrance of dark patchouli essential oil. It could just be the perfect soap for the modern hippie at heart!

Homemade Patchouli Granola Crunch Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Soap Ingredients (x2):

13 oz. olive oil
5.25 oz. hemp seed oil
7 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
4 oz. soybean oil
3 oz. grapeseed oil
2 oz. shea butter
2 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. beeswax

13 fl. oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

1 oz. patchouli essential oil

This homemade patchouli soap recipe is perfect for the hippie in you! It contains a naturally exfoliating "granola crunch" and patchouli essential oil. Comes with free printable cigar band soap labels.

Granola Crunch Layer of Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon marshmallow root powder
1 Tablespoon colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons traditional rolled oats
1 teaspoon walnut shell powder
1 Tablespoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
fresh ground whole peppercorns

Instructions:

To make this soap, you’ll need to make two batches of the above soap ingredients in two separate non-aluminum pots following my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. For each batch, measure out the distilled water into a glass or plastic pitcher. Weight out the lye for each then stir into the water and set aside to cool. Next weigh out the soapmaking oils, butters and beeswax for each pot and melt on the stove over medium heat. Remove once the ingredients are fully melted and allow to cool to about 100 degrees F.

In the meantime, prepare two loaf soap molds by lining them with parchment, wax paper or plastic. (You can use the dimensions of my own soap molds to build you own if you need them.)

Make your first pot of soap by pouring one container of the lye-water into one of the pots with your soapmaking oils. Mix with and immersion blender until you reach a light trace, then add the patchouli essential and all of the ingredients for the Granola Crunch. (You’ll want to pre-prepare these by measuring them out with teaspoon and Tablespoon measurements.) Mix thoroughly and at medium to heavy trace pour evenly into the bottom of BOTH lined soap molds. Then, using a pepper grinder, grind peppercorns to lightly cover the top of the soap you just poured into the molds.

Next prepare your second batch of soap adding the patchouli essential oil at trace. Mix thoroughly then pour this soap evenly into the two soap molds on top of the soap with the “granola” ingredients you already poured.

Cover and insulate for twenty four hours. After twenty four hours, you can unmold the soap and cut into bars. Allow to cure for 3-4 before use. Then package and label. This batch will yield approximately 20-22 4.5-5oz. soap bars depending on how they are cut.

This homemade patchouli soap recipe is perfect for the hippie in you! It contains a naturally exfoliating "granola crunch" and patchouli essential oil. Comes with free printable cigar band soap labels.For printable cigar band labels for this soap, click here to download the labels (pdf file) in both black and white and color. There is also a printable version of the recipe. Print on regular paper to tape around bare bars of soap. Or wrap in cling wrap or paper, then print the labels sheets onto sticker paper wrap around the wrapped soaps. These make lovely homemade gifts!

For more homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s and craft projects, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest!

How to Make Handmade Soaps with an Exfoliating Strip

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How to Make Handmade Soaps with an Exfoliating Strip - DIY Soap Tutorial, Tips and TricksThere are lots of simple ways to “dress up” your homemade cold process soaps. Creating an exfoliating strip in your soap is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also gives your handmade soap an added benefit. To create this look you’ll need to choose an additive to use as as your scrubby center strip. Consider not only the coarseness in a scrub that you’re looking for, but also the color of the additive. An additive that contrasts with your soap color will add to its decorative aspect. You can use apricot kernel meal, walnut shell powder, loofah powder – even cinnamon! Have your additive close by when you are ready to pour your soaps.

Once your handmade cold process soap reaches trace (learn how to make cold process soaps here!) pour the soap into your mold or molds about halfway using only half of the soap. (Your soap needs to be at a full trace so it’s good and thick, otherwise your additive will fall into the soap when you pour the second half causing the additive to spill up around the edges ruining the effect.) Layer a medium thick layer of your additive across the top of the soap you just poured. Then pour the rest of the soap gently on top of the additive layered soap. Next, take a butter knife and gently run it lengthwise back and forth through the soap several times. Then cover your soap and insulate for the next 24 hours before unmolding and cutting into bars. (Learn how to make a loaf soap cutter here.)

Need soap molds? Then be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make a wooden soap mold. And check out my diy on how to make decorative cold process soaps with circles for even more decorative handmade soap ideas. For more soapmaking tips, tricks, tutorials and recipes follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest!