Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it’s emulsified it doesn’t feel oily on skin – making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It’s so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe! This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

Why cucumber seed oil?

Cucumber seed oil is a carrier oil rich in vitamins B and C, essential fatty acid and minerals. As such, it is prized for its properties when used in both skin care and hair care applications. This highly moisturizing oil is beneficial for those with troublesome skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It is also prized as an anti-inflammatory and for it’s anti-aging properties.

Aloe vera oil, which differs from aloe vera gel and is also a key component in my natural baking soda free palmarosa + lime deodorant recipe, is commonly used to treat skin inflammation as well as chapped skin. It’s also beneficial for burns, including sunburns, and can help to reduce the appearance of scars due to its high vitamin E content.

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe! This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

28.5 oz. white granulated sugar
2 oz. cucumber seed oil
6 oz. aloe vera oil
1 oz. refined shea butter
1 oz. emulsifying wax
.5 oz. cucumber mint fragrance oil
1/2 teaspoon jade green mica powder

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients for my cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe.

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe! This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

This recipe will yield three 9 oz. jars. I used 9 oz. clear straight sided glass jars with silver metal lug caps for this project. You can find these jars at SKS Bottle & Packaging here.

Begin by weighing out the emulsifying wax and shea butter.

Combine in a large 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 50% power in the microwave until melted. Alternately, you may use a double boiler.

Remove from heat.

Weigh out the cucumber seed oil and aloe vera oil and stir into the melted wax and shea butter.

Follow with the fragrance oil, weighing it first, then mix in.

Next, in separate container, weigh out the sugar.

Using a measuring spoon, measure out the mica powder.

Add the mica powder to the sugar and mix well with a fork until the mica is evenly distributed throughout the sugar.

Now slowly pour the sugar into the wet ingredients, whisking with a fork until all the sugar has been moistened and the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe! This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

Spoon the scrub mixture evenly into three 9 oz. clear straight sided glass jars and screw on the lids.

Label as desired for personal use or gifting. (I used clip art I purchased from Mellenes Art on Etsy for my labels.)

It is important to note that as this is an oil based product, I did not include a preservative in my cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe. However, as your completed cucumber mint sugar scrub is likely to come into contact with water during usage, I highly recommend that you include a preservative if you are not using it all at once, are gifting this product or are planning to sell this product. There is a wide array of preservatives available on the market.

The preservative you use is your choice. I recommend choosing a preservative that is best suited for the makeup of this product and that fits your personal lifestyle choices. (One popular preservative is Optiphen Plus which is both paraben and formaldehyde-free.) The usage rate of your preservative will be recommended by the manufacturer at a percentage. Simply total the weight of all the ingredients in your cucumber mint sugar scrub then multiply by that percentage to determine the amount of preservative your product will need. Add at or below recommended temperature. You will want to use a food thermometer for this.

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe! This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

If you are selling your finished cucumber mint sugar scrub, then you will need to label your product according to FDA guidelines. If you are unsure about labeling laws then I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

Interested in more homemade sugar scrub recipes? You can find more of my homemade sugar scrub recipes on Soap Deli News blog here. Or, discover more similar recipes on my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

Also, don’t forget. If you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my weekly wrap up posts! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram and twitter posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured!


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Rose Body Butter Recipe – A Vegan Friendly Moisturizer DIY

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Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with only natural ingredients, this rose body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy.

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with natural vegan ingredients, this divine body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy.

Inspired by Nourish Organic’s Rejuvenating Rose Butter, my rose body butter recipe contains refined shea butter and coconut oil, rosehip seed and sunflower oil, and natural rose kaolin clay. I also added a touch of frankincense essential oil for a light scent and for frankincense’s valuable astringent properties when used in skin care applications.

Because frankincense can help to protect skin cells, it’s useful in preventing acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, and wrinkles. It’s also believed to help lift and tighten skin which can deter the signs of aging.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, my rose body butter recipe also absorbs quickly so you can get on with your day without leaving oily marks everywhere you go!

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with only natural ingredients, this rose body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy.

Which frankincense essential oil should I use?

There are four main types of frankincense. They are Boswellia Serrata, Boswellia FrereanaBoswellia Carteri and Boswellia Papyrifera. For this application, I’ll be discussing the differences between Boswellia Serrata, Boswellia Frereana, and Boswellia Carteri essential oils.

Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) essential oil is the oldest documented Frankincense and is believed to have been used in both Ayurvedic medicine and as the frankincense mentioned in the Bible. It contains high amounts of alpha thujene, alpha pinene, and limonene which give it strong antiseptic, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a sweeter and more delicate fragrance than the other frankincense varieties with top terpenic-pine notes and costs less as it yields a higher amount of essential oil.

Frankincense (Boswellia Frereana) essential oil, which is grown at a higher altitude, contains high amounts pinene, thujene, and cymene. These natural constituents yield strong anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain relieving) properties making it especially suitable for inflammation caused by arthritis, swelling, and allergies. This type of frankincense has strong citrus-lemon top notes with an earthy, resinous heart.

And finally, Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri) essential oil is the most well known of all the frankincense varieties. It has the smooth, richa aroma that people are most familiar with when they think of frankincense. Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri) essential oil contains high concentrations of alpha pinene, and other monoterpenes making it useful both in skin care and aromatherapy applications. When used in skin care applications it can help to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars. When inhaled it is particularly beneficial at fighting the effects from acute colds and asthma.

I used Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) essential oil for my rose body butter recipe, however, you can use whichever frankincense essential oil you prefer for this application.

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with only natural ingredients, this rose body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy.

Natural Rose Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

3 oz. refined shea butter
.5 oz. refined coconut oil
.25 oz. rosehip seed oil
.25 oz. sunflower or sweet almond oil
.1 oz. arrowroot powder
.05 oz. rose kaolin clay
2 mL frankincense essential oil (of choice)
3-5 drops vitamin E oil

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the all of the ingredients for my rose body butter recipe except for the frankincense essential oil and the vitamin E oil. For the frankincense essential oil you’ll need to measure out the amount called for in the recipe with a graduated plastic transfer pipette.

Begin by weighing out the shea butter and coconut oil. Combine in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or similar and heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. Alternately, you can also use a double boiler.

Now weigh out the arrowroot powder and whisk into the melted shea butter and coconut oil.

Next, weigh the rosehip seed and sunflower oils and stir into the body butter mixture.

Add a few drops of Vitamin E followed by the frankincense essential oil.

Finally, weigh out and add the rose kaolin clay.

Mix well, then set the body butter in the refrigerator briefly. As the clay will want to sink to the bottom, you’ll need to cool the body butter down in order to evenly distribute the clay.

Once the body butter starts to thicken, remove it from the refrigerator and remix until the clay stays evenly distributed throughout the body butter and no longer sinks to the bottom.

Pour the body butter evenly into two 2 oz. straight sided amber glass jars with black phenolic lined caps. (I got mine from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.)

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with only natural ingredients, this rose body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy.

Once your natural rose body butter has completely solidified, screw on the caps and label as desired for personal use or gifting. You can find free printable labels for my natural rose body butter recipe here. Simply print the PDF onto a full size sticker or label sheet and cut out the labels.

To use, simply massage a small amount of the body butter onto your skin as desired and wait for it to absorb completely. I personally love this on my hands!

Substitutions?

If you are allergic to coconut oil then you may substitute the coconut oil with babassu oil. Babassu oil is very similar to coconut oil with just a slightly higher melting point. (Learn more about babassu oil here.)

It is also important to note that my rose body butter recipe yields a very soft body butter. If you live in a particularly warm climate in which coconut oil will not stay solidified for you, then I suggest adding a small amount of emulsifying wax to this recipe. I’d start with around .25 oz.

If you actually want your rose body butter to smell like roses, substitute the frankincense essential oil with 1 mL of rose absolute.

Want to sell this product?

If you plan to sell your rose body butters, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

To discover more of my homemade bath and body recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

Also, don’t forget. If you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my weekly wrap up posts! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram and twitter posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured!


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8 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to DIY

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If you can squeeze in an hour out of your busy schedule then you can DIY these last minute Mother's Day gift ideas! Make them in an afternoon. Gift the next day.

If you stay crazy busy like me, then there’s a good chance you meant to make a homemade gift for Mother’s Day but, well, it hasn’t happened yet. So just in case you can squeeze in an hour to get your craft on, here are a few last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas you can DIY.

Last Minute  Mother’s Day Gifts to DIY

Craft these DIY Himalayan Pink Salt + Rosemary Bath Bombs via Under A Tin Roof blog as last minute Mother's Day gift!

These DIY Himalayan Pink Salt + Rosemary Bath Bombs via Under A Tin Roof are a great way to give mom the permission she too often feels she needs – I mean we were all demanding kids, right? – to wind down and relax. And chances are you’ll be able to source all of the ingredients locally between your grocer and/or your local co-op.

These DIY Rose + Lavender Bath Bombs via Lauren Conrad make a lovely homemade Mother's Day gift!

Alternately, these DIY Rose + Lavender Bath Bombs via Lauren Conrad are also lovely and contain ingredients that should be a little bit easier to gather if you don’t live close to a major city.

These DIY Mother's Day Teacup Planters via Housewives of Frederick County make a wonderful last minute Mother's Day gift! All you'll need is a vintage teacup or two, some potting soil and succulents. Plus there's a free Mother's Day printable gift tag!

If you’re a thrift store queen, then these DIY Mother’s Day Teacup Planters via Housewives of Frederick County may be right up your alley – and mom’s! (I mean, you got it from somewhere, right?) All you’ll need is a vintage teacup or two, some potting soil and succulents. The pretty Mother’s Day gift tags are also cake! Just download the free printable created by designer, Lindsey Swink, of Bare Ink Co.

This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural "dry" oils that won't leave your skin feeling greasy but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means you can wear your favorite scent while still caring for your skin!

My own DIY Scented Dry Oil Body Spray is also perfect for gifting. In fact, with just a few simple ingredients, all there is to this DIY is to weigh the ingredients then mix! No heating required and you’re completely done with this project in ten minutes or less. Plus I’ve also included free printable labels for easy gifting.

This coffee & black tea under eye cream is an energizing antioxidant balm that's perfect for tired eyes and skin. Made with anti-inflammatory coffee essential oil and antioxidant rich darjeeling tea, this coffee & black tea under eye cream recipe helps to blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also lending its nourishing antioxidant skin care properties.

If you’re a soapmaker and have an entire arsenal of soapmaking supplies taking over your kitchen, then you may want to consider making my DIY Coffee + Black Tea Under Eye Cream. Because no matter what, most moms get run ragged when we’re kids and then spend their empty nest years trying to counteract the accelerated aging we put them through. (Well, probably not really, but moms like to joke.)

This handy dandy anti-aging cream helps to brighten and wake up tired eyes while visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and under eye bags. My foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe would also make a pretty sweet addition to mom’s anti-aging arsenal.

This easy homemade hibiscus salt scrub recipe contains exfoliating sea salt and hibiscus flowers as well as moisturizing cocoa butter and safflower oil to pamper and help soften and clarify your skin.

Salt scrubs are always a winner in the gift department. This homemade hibiscus salt scrub recipe is a snap to pull together and is made with exfoliating sea salt and hibiscus flowers as well as moisturizing cocoa butter and safflower oil to pamper and help to soften and clarify skin.

This strawberry and chocolate fudge solid sugar scrub bars recipe makes fantastic treats for your skin! Indulge in all of the sugar and chocolate your heart desires with none of the calories. Not only do my fudge solid sugar scrub bars make great homemade gifts - think Valentine's Day! - they're absolutely perfect for dry winter skin!

My DIY Strawberry + Chocolate Fudge Solid Sugar Scrub Bars make yet another mom approved gift! These were a hit with EVERYONE when I gifted them over Christmas, but the fantastic chocolate strawberry scent means you can gift them year round for any occasion. Alternately, swapping out the fragrance choice is a breeze.

This DIY fluted trinket dish via Make and Tell blog makes a lovely homemade gift for mom!

Personally, I’m crushing over this DIY Fluted Clay Trinket Dish via Make and Tell. All you need is a mini fluted cake pan, some Fimo air dry clay, varnish and a few tools and you have yourself a beautiful home decor piece that mom can stash her rings or keys in.

A beautiful collection of homemade Mother's Day gifts you can DIY!

If these last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas aren’t enough to meet your taste, then you can find 18 more fantastic last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas to DIY at Soap Deli News blog here. (Or repin these ideas here for later.) You can also find even more Mother’s Day gift ideas on my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest board.

Alternately a Birchbox beauty box subscription also makes a fantastic last minute gift. Busy moms also appreciate food from a  food delivery program. My favorite food delivery services are Green Chef and Hello Fresh.

Printable Mother's Day Gift Tags via Make and Tell Blog

Already have your gift for Mother’s Day but the packaging is still up in the air? Download and print this free Mother’s Day gift tag via Make and Tell to polish off your package for mom.

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DIY Dry Oil Body Spray for Dry Skin + Free Printable Labels

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This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural “dry” oils that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy, but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means you can wear your favorite scent while still caring for your skin!

This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural "dry" oils that won't leave your skin feeling greasy but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means you can wear your favorite scent while still caring for your skin!

While fractionated coconut oil is often used in dry oil formulations, a lot of people with sensitive skin find coconut oil drying or irritating. Because of this, I chose to formulate my scented DIY dry oil body spray with camellia (tea) seed oil instead of coconut oil.

Like fractionated coconut oil, camellia seed oil is liquid at room temperature and has a long shelf life. When used in skin care applications, camellia seed oil can help to improve both the tone and texture of skin as well as reduce the appearance of aging. Camellia seed oil is also wonderful for hydration and is quickly and easily absorbed so that skin feels silky smooth, not greasy.

This DIY dry oil body spray is super easy to make and it’s perfect to gift for Mother’s Day. I’ve even included printable labels to make gifting even easier! Keep reading for the recipe to make this wonderful, silky & hydrating DIY dry oil body spray as well as for a link to download the printable PDF labels!

This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural "dry" oils that won't leave your skin feeling greasy but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means you can wear your favorite scent while still caring for your skin!

Scented DIY Dry Oil Body Spray

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2.5 oz. camellia seed oil
.75 oz. rosehip seed oil
.5 oz. jojoba oil
.1 oz. babassu oil
.1 oz. skin safe fragrance oil

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients for my DIY dry oil body spray. In addition, you will also need two 2 oz. amber PET Boston round bottle with a smooth black fine mist sprayer. You can find the same bottles with sprayers that I used at SKS Bottle & Packaging.

If you have leftover tea infused camellia seed oil from my coffee & black tea under eye cream recipe, you can use that in place of regular camellia seed oil.

To create your DIY dry body oil spray, begin by weighing out all of the ingredients into a glass Pyrex measuring cup or similar.

Mix well to combine.

This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural "dry" oils that won't leave your skin feeling greasy but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means you can wear your favorite scent while still caring for your skin!

Then, using a small funnel, evenly fill both containers with the dry oil body spray.

Cap the lids on tightly, then download the labels for your DIY dry oil body spray here.

This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural "dry" oils that won't leave your skin feeling greasy but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means you can wear your favorite scent while still caring for your skin!

Print the labels onto a full size label sheet. Then cut out the labels individually and apply to your bottles. (If you’d like die-cut sticker labels that don’t require any cutting, I recommend checking out the label options at StickerYou. StickerYou allows you to custom design your own labels, that they then print and cut for you to save time!)

That’s it! Your scented DIY dry oil body spray is now ready for personal use or gifting! To use, simply spray onto clean skin and massage in.

Alternately, if you plan to sell your coffee & black tea under eye cream, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

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Homemade Chia & Charcoal Soap Recipe

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This homemade chia & charcoal soap recipe is made with soothing and hydrating chia seed oil and naturally detoxifying activated charcoal.

This homemade chia & charcoal soap recipe is palm free and is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and Australian midnight black clay.

As I’ve aged – 42 this coming June! – my skin has gotten more particular. Dry and irritated skin has become a more common occurrence. Unfortunately, adult acne is also a thing. And it hates me. Especially when the hormones are going crazy or I’m overly stressed. My chia & charcoal soap recipe is my solution for keeping my skin happy.

I chose to use chia seed oil in this soap recipe as it is rich in essential fatty acids, powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients that are prized in anti-aging skin care products. I also included walnut oil in this soap formulation for it’s value in skin care – specifically its moisturizing and skin soothing properties.

I then combined these ingredients with neem oil and activated charcoal to help fight and prevent acne. A little bit of Australian midnight black clay also plays a role and helps give this homemade soap a boost to it’s beautiful dark gray/black color that I accented with a pink rose.

As my chia & charcoal soap is palm free, I decided to give candelilla wax a place in this recipe for a harder bar. As I know I do have vegan readers, I chose to use this wax over beeswax. It was a little tricky to work with as it’s such a hard wax, but luckily this recipe turned out beautifully.

You’ll find that my chia & charcoal soap recipe yields a medium-hard bar with strong bubbles, but still a lower cleansing level. I bumped the superfat on this one up to 8% to make the bar a little more conditioning. I think this soap is great for those days leading up to and during a break out as a facial soap as well as during hot months when I’m sweating more and producing more oil and struggling with acne in those annoying places like under my chin, around my hairline and across my upper back.

Following is my chia & charcoal soap recipe. I hope you like it!

This chia & charcoal soap recipe is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and black clay for maturing, combination and acne prone skin.

Homemade Chia & Charcoal Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.6 oz./45 grams (5%) castor oil
3.2 oz./90.7 grams (10%) extra virgin chia seed oil
.65 oz./18.1 grams (2%) candelilla wax
8 oz./226.8 grams (25%) refined coconut oil
3.2 oz./90.7 grams (10%) neem oil
13.75 oz./390 grams (43%) pomace olive oil
1.6 oz./45.3 grams (5%) walnut oil

9.75 oz./276.6 grams distilled water (30.5% of oil weight)
4.2 oz./120 grams lye/sodium hydroxide (8% superfat)

1 oz./28.3 grams sodium lactate (60% solution)
.55 oz./15.5 grams coconut activated charcoal (1 Tbs per pound)
1.1 oz./31.1 grams Australian midnight black clay (.5 Tbs per pound)
.05 oz./1.4 grams fine grain pink Himalayan salt (about 1/4 teaspoon)
up to 2 oz./56.7 grams fragrance oil, optional (1 oz. per pound)

Instructions:

I scented my chia & charcoal soap with a combination of two fragrance oils that were close to empty. I used .95 oz. of cardamom mocha fragrance oil with the last .4 oz. of my chocolate fragrance oil. It basically smells like yummy chocolates without being overpowering, but it was enough that it covered the smell of the neem oil.

I premade the pink roses for this soap using some of the leftover soap batter from my donut soap recipe here and a Wilton small rose silicone mold.

For the main soap bars, I used two Crafter’s Choice basic round soap molds. My chia & charcoal soap recipe yields about nine soap bars weighing just over 5 oz. each with the embeds.

As stated previously, working with the candelilla wax was a little challenging as I’d never worked with it before. Therefore I don’t recommend making my chia & charcoal soap recipe unless you have soapmaking experience under your belt. (If you’re looking to get started making cold process soap for the first time, I recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe.) Otherwise, you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap, but mix the lye/water and soapmaking fats at a higher temperature due to the wax.

Begin by measuring out the amount of water called for in the recipe into a heat safe container. Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye.

Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir the lye until it has dissolved, then set the lye-water aside.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking fats – these are all of the carrier oils and the wax called for in my chia & charcoal soap recipe. I combined these in a stainless steel pot and heated them on the stove over medium heat.

But – this is where it goes a little sideways. I’d never used a wax this hard in soap before. So my oils started to bubble before my candelilla wax melted. When this happened I basically just kept stirring the oil, which prevented it from bubbling and boiling. When the candelilla wax was almost entirely melted, I turned off the heat but left the pot on the stove. I continued to stir until the rest of the wax melted, then removed the pot from heat.

So, two things. First, I really recommend using a stainless steel pot to heat the soapmaking fats and mix the soap batter because of the higher temperature. Secondly, you may find using a double boiler is a much better way to melt the wax. (Or I welcome your suggestions in the comments!)

Allow your soapmaking fats and the lye-water to cool to around 115°F. Once they’ve reached this temperature, you’re ready to make soap.

Weigh out the sodium lactate and the salt and stir it into the cooled lye-water.

Then weigh out the activated charcoal, black clay and the fragrance oil, if desired. Add these ingredients to the melted oils and wax and mix to combine with a stick/hand blender.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils.

Mix with a stick blender on the lower setting until you reach trace, then keep going. You want a heavy trace for this recipe because of the wax to ensure you don’t get a false trace. Once you’re certain your soap batter has traced, evenly pour the chia & charcoal soap batter into the cavities of your round soap molds.

Now firmly press your premade roses into the tops of the soap in your molds’ cavities.

Cover if desired with plastic film or parchment paper and set aside in a safe location.

Your chia & charcoal soap bars should release easily from your molds the next day even if it doesn’t gel. If they don’t, simply wait another day or two.

This chia & charcoal soap recipe is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and black clay for maturing, combination and acne prone skin.

Allow your chia & charcoal soap bars to cure 4-6 weeks. Once your soaps have cured, they are ready for use. Simply wrap and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you’re planning to sell your chia & charcoal soaps, be sure to label them according to FDA guidelines. Not sure how to label your creations? I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

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