Homemade Chia & Charcoal Soap Recipe

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

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

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.

For even more of my soap recipes and tutorials, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board and 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.


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Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts You Can DIY

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

Let mom know how much she means to you this Mother’s Day with this beautiful collection of homemade Mother’s Day gifts that you can DIY!

Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts to DIY

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

DIY Rose Sugar Scrub via Soap Deli News (Repin it here.)
Sultry Jasmine Lotion Recipe via Soap Queen (Repin it here.)
DIY Lavender Candle via A Pumpkin & A Princess (Repin it here.)
Palmarosa Lime Natural Body Balm Recipe via Soap Deli News (Repin it here.)
Silky Smooth Homemade Lotion Recipe via Live Simply (Repin it here.)
Decoupaged Terra Cotta Pots via Place of My Taste (Repin it here.)

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

Sea Salt Face + Body Scrub Recipe via Soap Deli News (Repin it here.)
Orange Coconut Coffee Scrub Recipe via Soap Deli News (Repin it here.)
Honey Ginger Body Scrub Recipe via Lia Griffith (Repin it here.)

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

DIY Framed Pressed Flowers via UO Blog (Repin it here.)
DIY Paper Eden Roses via The House That Lars Built (Repin it here.)
Blueberry Lemon Olive Oil Curd Tartlettes Recipe via Adventures in Cooking (Repin it here.)
Silken Rose + Green Tea Lotion Recipe via Humblebee & Me (Repin it here.)

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

Natural Chocolate Rose Hand Cream Recipe via Soap Deli News. (Repin it here.)

Let mom know how much she means to you this Mother's Day with this beautiful collection of homemade Mother's Day gifts that you can DIY!

Luxardo Cherry Truffles Recipe via A Beautiful Mess (Repin it here.)
DIY Donut Soap via Soap Deli News (Repin it here.)
DIY Under the Sea Succulent Arrangement via Succulents & Sunshine (Repin it here.)
DIY Spring Flower Magnets via Lulu the Baker (Repin it here.)

For even more great homemade Mother’s Day gifts you can DIY, be sure to follow my Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts Pinterest board.

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Sunday Spotlight: Unique Bath and Body Products & Shops

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Sixteen unique bath and body products from four fantastic bath and body shops that offer a fun twist on skin care. Browse for inspiration or shop for unique homemade gifts!

Sunday Spotlight:  Unique Bath and Body Products & Shops

Sixteen unique bath and body products from four fantastic bath and body shops that offer a fun twist on skin care. Browse for inspiration or shop for unique homemade gifts!

Skin Food by AB

Skin Food by AB is a cruelty free skin care company sells artisan organic skincare products that are handmade in small batches from raw ingredients. Superfoods, butters, herbs and oils are used to create products with a purpose that soothe, cleanse and restore skin and their ailments.

Skin Food by AB is a cruelty free skin care company sells artisan organic skincare products that are handmade in small batches from raw ingredients. Superfoods, butters, herbs and oils are used to create products with a purpose that soothe, cleanse and restore skin and their ailments.

From Skin Food by AB: Detox Organic Charcoal Soap // Tomato Lip Balm with Turmeric + Honey // Organic Coffee Scrub // Orange Ginger Soap

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare offers delectable soap cupcakes, artistic soap bars, shaving sets, all-natural lip and body balms, and luxurious bath products.

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare offers delectable soap cupcakes, artistic soap bars, shaving sets, all-natural lip and body balms, and luxurious bath products.

The owner of Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare, Stephanie, is a former NYC pastry chef who started making all-natural body balms after becoming pregnant and learning how much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. After looking around at all the wonderful oils and butters at her fingertips, she decided to try her hand at making cold process soap and fell in love! As a result, Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare was founded out of Stephanie’s desire to help others treat their skin better, while indulging their senses.

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare offers delectable soap cupcakes, artistic soap bars, shaving sets, all-natural lip and body balms, and luxurious bath products.

From Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare: Rose Vanilla Soap Cupcake // Morocco Hand & Body Soap // Tea Tree Soap Face & Body Soap // Pineapple Cupcake Soap

Sweet Suds by April

Sweet Suds by April offers a delectable, realistic collection of handmade food and dessert inspired soap treats and more! A writer and journalist by trade, April has recently started a family and now has the opportunity to stay at home with her son, Luke, while at the same time pursue her passion for soapmaking.

Sweet Suds by April offers a delectable, realistic collection of handmade food and dessert inspired soap treats and more! A writer and journalist by trade, April has recently started a family and now has the opportunity to stay at home with her son, Luke, while at the same time pursue her passion for soapmaking.

From Sweet Suds by April: Chocolate Half-Dipped Swirl Butter Cookie Soap // Lemon Cream Tart Soap // Salted & Sprinkled Caramel Apple Soap // Set of Three Handmade Donut Soaps

Lotus Flower Soap

Lotus Flower Soap sells exclusive gift gem soaps handcrafted using natural butters and aromatherapeutic essential oils.

Lotus Flower Soap sells exclusive gift gem soaps handcrafted using natural butters and aromatherapeutic essential oils.

From Lotus Flower Soap: Malachite Soap Rock // Amethyst Soap Rock // Turquoise Soap Rock // Citrine Geode Soap Rock

For even more unique bath and body products you’re sure to love, visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here. Or visit my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. Also be sure to check out last week’s Sunday Spotlight that features Artisan Bath and Body Favorites. You can also browse all of my handmade favorites by following me on Etsy here.

Do you have any tried and true unique bath and body products that you can’t get enough of? Be sure to share them in the comments below.

Want to learn how to make your own unique bath and body products? You can browse my own collection of homemade soap recipes here. Or find my homemade bath and body recipes here. I also have a huge collection of bath and body ideas and recipes that I’ve saved on Pinterest from across the web.

And don’t forget to follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. You can also sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog via email so you never miss a post. I’m also now on Patreon.


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Sunday Spotlight: Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites

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Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites: Three artisan bath and body Etsy shops I’m crushing on right now!

Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites

Three artisan bath and body Etsy shops I’m crushing on right now! (Because, yes. I am both an Etsy addict and an artisan bath and body addict regardless of whether or not I make my own bath and body products. It’s an addiction. But quite a fantastic addiction in my humble opinion.)

Four Foxes Candles

Four Foxes Candles sells luxury hand poured soy candles in fragrances that delight including scents like bamboo ginger and buttermilk pancakes. There’s even a Game of Thrones inspired candle line for favorites characters like Sansa Stark and the various houses including House Baratheon. You’ll also find handmade bath salts, sugar scrubs and even yoga mat sprays to fill your needs.

Four Foxes Candles sells luxury hand poured soy candles in fragrances that delight including scents like bamboo ginger and buttermilk pancakes.

From Four Foxes CandlesEgyptian Amber Bath Salts // Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub // Bamboo Mint Soy Candle // Red Ginger Saffron Soy Candle

Simple Traditions

Simple Traditions offers an array of bath and beauty products hand crafted by a stay at home mom. You’re sure to find many favorites here among the wide selection of whipped soaps, body scrubs, solid lotion bars, lip tints and solid perfumes. How can you possibly resist whipped soaps scented like an island margarita or an almond biscotti scented sugar scrub?

Simple Traditions offers an array of bath and beauty products hand crafted by a stay at home mom. You’re sure to find many favorites here among the wide selection of whipped soaps, body scrubs, solid lotion bars, lip tints and solid perfumes.

From Simple Traditions: Pistachio Macaroon Whipped Soap // Cake Batter Solid Lotion Bar Moisturizer // Vegan Chai Tea Soap Bar // Moisturizing Coffee Break Lip Tint

Kopa Kauai

Kopa Kauai sells tropically inspired organic soaps handmade in Kauai, Hawaii that contain natural clay, seeds and other botanicals and are made with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.

Kopa Kauai sells tropically inspired organic soaps handmade in Kauai, Hawaii that contain natural clay, seeds and other botanicals and are made with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.

From Kopa Kauai: Orange Blossom (Neroli) Handmade Soap // Coconut Sandalwood Handmade Soap // Lavender Mint Sea Salt Soap // Papaya Passion Handmade Soap

For even more of my artisan bath and body Etsy favorites visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here. Or visit my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here.

Which artisan bath and body products are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Looking for great handmade gift ideas? Check out my gift idea collections on Etsy created for pretty much everyone on your list: Gift Ideas for GuysGift Ideas for DIY-ersGift Ideas for Pet OwnersUnique Handmade GiftsGift Ideas for HerHousewarming GiftsGift Ideas for KidsGift Ideas for Little GirlsGift Ideas for SweetheartsGift Ideas for Coffee + Chocolate LoversGift Ideas for Unicorn LoversPumpkin Spice Gift IdeasGift Ideas for Pin Lovers and Gift Ideas for Co-Workers.


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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8th, 2016! If you’re still on the hunt for last minute Mother’s day gift ideas, then you’ll love this collection of Mother’s day gift ideas! Make them in just an hour in an afternoon and then gift them the same day! Don’t have supplies on hand? I’ve also included a few great last minute Mother’s day gift ideas that you can buy!

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to DIY

1. Adzuki Bean Soap Recipe – This easy DIY adzuki bean soap makes a beautiful and functional homemade Mother’s Day gift! Made from a glycerin soap base, this adzuki bean soap recipe is a snap to make and is ready to gift the same day.

2. Custom Dry Oil Body Spray Recipe – Learn how to make this DIY Dry Body Oil Spray as a custom scented homemade Mother’s Day gift for mom!

3. Homemade Solid Perfume Recipe – This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful last minute Mother’s Day gift idea! Simply customize it with mom’s favorite scent!

4. Lush Inspired Massage Bar Recipe – This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is super simple to make and is a wonderful homemade Mother’s Day gift idea!

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

5. Natural Sal Butter Sugar Scrub Recipe – This naturally colored and scented sal butter sugar scrub recipe creates a natural, nourishing scrub that is especially suited for mom’s maturing skin. In addition to sal butter, this sugar scrub recipe also contains healing neem oil and moisturizing coconut oil.

6. Organic Peppercorn Massage Melt and Pour Soap Recipe – This fun homemade soap contains black peppercorns that gently massage skin as the soap is used.

7. Natural Lavender Bath Salts Recipe – Help mom keeping her skin looking and feeling great with this natural coconut milk & lavender bath salts recipe.

8. Ginger Lime Salt Scrub Recipe – Looking for a fresh new scrub for a last minute Mother’s day gift? Try this invigorating ginger and lime homemade salt scrub recipe! Not only is it easy to make, but it offers exceptional exfoliating and moisturizing benefits for your skin.

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

9. DIY Custom Herbal Tea Blends – Create the perfect last minute Mother’s day gift by gifting her with a relaxing, custom herbal tea blend!

10. DIY Lemongrass and Sage Bath Bombs – These freshly scented bath bombs make a relaxing last minute Mother’s day gift idea.

11. Homemade Lavender Bath Melts Recipe – These easy lavender scented bath melts contain soy wax to help them stand up better to storage before use and help to moisturize and protect dry or maturing skin from the elements.

12. DIY Terrariums – These cute terrariums are perfect as last minute Mother’s day gift ideas! Just collect materials from outside and combine them in a glass container!

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas that Mom is sure to love!

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to Buy

1. Julep Beauty Box – A Julep Beauty Box gift subscription is the perfect Mother’s day gift for beauty lovers! Each monthly box includes award-winning multi-benefit beauty products plus recipients get to customize their beauty box selection each month! Choose from a gift subscription of 2, 4 or 6 boxes.

2. Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker – Help mom stay in shape with a customizable fitness tracker designed to fit her personal style. Fitbit will help your mom stay motivated by tracking all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, and credit workouts with SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition. At night, Fitbit tracks sleep and more.

3. Tequila Mockingbird – For the literary mom who’s also keen on cocktails, I love the book, Tequila Mockingbird! Inside you find 65 ‘novel’ cocktail recipes that pay homage to your favorite books with punnily named provisions that include the Gin Eyre, Vermouth the Bell Tolls, the Wonderful Blizzard of Oz, Gone with the Wine, and the Last of the Mojitos. Available via ModCloth as well as via Amazon Prime.

4. Just Sew Sweet Notecard Set – This set of 16 retro notecards stirs nostalgia with packaging from four vintage sewing patterns from the 1960s.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas for moms that love to DIY!

If mom loves to DIY then she’s sure to love one of these MakerKits! (Psst. You can get 20% off your entire order at MakersKit when you enter coupon code: MakeIt20 at checkout.)

5. Seashell & Air Plant Kit + 3 Bath Bomb Gift Set – This DIY gift set contains everything mom needs to create a fun and easy air plant display with a natural seashell. It also includes three Premium Bath Bombs, a French Lavender Mini Room Spray and French Teas & Petite Cookies.

6. DIY Spa Gift Set – This MakersKit gift set includes the ingredients to create a handmade soy candle and body scrub. In addition it also comes with one Premium Bath Bomb, a French Lavender Mini Room Spray and French Teas & Petite Cookies.

7. Honestly WTF Gemstone Soap Kit – Inspired by gemstones, this DIY soapmaking kit includes everything you need to make one of a kind original gemstone soaps. Mom can mix and match colors to create soaps to compliment any color palette in her home.

8. Succulent Geometric Terrarium Gift Set – This DIY kit contains the materials you’ll need to create a unique, modern terrarium. It also comes with one Premium Bath Bomb, a French Lavender Mini Room Spray and French Teas & Petite Cookies.

For even more last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas you can DIY, be sure to follow my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest board as well as my post, DIY Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make and Gift.

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