Homemade Peppermint & Patchouli Castile Soap Recipe

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This homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe lends a fun twist to a basic Castile soap.

This homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe lends a fun twist to a basic Castile soap. Made using olive oil, this peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe also combines peppermint and patchouli essential oils for a fabulous unisex fragrance blend along with mineral rich Red Hawaiian Alaea Salt and a touch of Australian midnight black clay.

This homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe lends a fun twist to a basic Castile soap.

Peppermint & Patchouli Castile Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

36 oz. virgin olive oil

4.5 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye
11 fl. oz. distilled water

.5 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
1 Tablespoon Australian midnight black clay
2 Tablespoons Red Hawaiian Alaea Salt
1.5 oz. patchouli essential oil
.25 oz. peppermint essential oil (or .5 oz. peppermint fragrance oil)

Soap Notes:

water as % of oils = 30.5%
6% superfat
essential oils used at 4.8% of oil weight

This homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe yields 10-12 bars of soap that will weigh around 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold. Alternately, you can get nine 5.5 oz. round soaps using two Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Molds or fifteen 3.3 oz. square soaps using three Tovolo King Silicone Ice Cube Trays.

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions for this homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe.

(If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s another good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe. Or download my free beginner soapmaking ebook.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the olive oil using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until all the olive oil reaches around 95°F remove from heat. Prepare you essential oils by weighing them out into a glass Pyrex measuring cup and set aside.

When the lye-water has cooled to around 90°-95°F – you want the olive oil and lye-water to be about the same temperature – you’re ready to make soap.

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

Next, weigh and add the clay and salt to the olive oil. Mix with a stick blender until thoroughly combined.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the olive oil/clay/salt mixture. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add the essential oils and combine with the stick blender until you reach a full trace.

Pour the soap into your prepared mold(s). Sprinkle with the red Hawaiian alaea salt if desired.

Level the top of the poured soap if needed. Leave uncovered so the soap doesn’t overheat or place in your refrigerator. Set aside for 48 hours.

After 48 hours your can unmold your peppermint and patchouli Castile soap. Unmold your soaps. If you made soap loaf and it’s hard enough, go ahead and cut it into bars when you unmold it. If it’s still a bit soft, wait an additional day then cut into bars.

Allow your homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soaps to cure anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months before use. The longer the cure the better the bar. Typically soaps created using a traditional Castile soap recipe are cured for 4 to 6 months for best results.

Once your Castile soaps have cured, wrap and label as desired. (Go here to learn how to make your own custom soap labels.)

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

Keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

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Spicy Pepper & Patchouli Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe

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This palm free cold process soap recipe is scented with spicy pepper and patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils. Learn how to make this homemade soap using the cold process soapmaking method.

This palm free cold process soap recipe is scented with a pepper fragrance oil that’s been blended with patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils. The spicy fragrance blend of this palm free cold process soap recipe makes it suitable for either sex due to it’s unisex scent. However, as both pepper fragrance oils and pepper essential oil both  accelerate trace and can quickly cause cold process soap to seize, this palm free cold process soap recipe is recommended for soapmakers with some experience under their belt. If you’re new to soapmaking but still want to give this homemade palm free cold process soap recipe a try, simply omit the pepper fragrance oil from the recipe.

In addition to the other ingredients in this palm free cold process soap recipe, I also included calendula flower powder. Calendula flowers are traditionally used in skin care products to help support healthy skin and assist with minor wounds. It is a common ingredient in many herbal oils, salves and lip balm recipes. Alternately you can also infuse the olive oil in this palm free cold process soap recipe with whole calendula flowers prior to creating this homemade soap.

This palm free cold process soap recipe is scented with a pepper fragrance oil that's also blended with patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils. The spicy fragrance blend of this palm free cold process soap recipe makes it suitable for either sex due to it's unisex scent.

Spicy Pepper & Patchouli Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7.2 oz. lard (pig tallow)
11.52 oz. pomace olive oil
5.4 oz. rice bran oil
7.2 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
1.8 oz. castor oil
2.88 oz. sunflower oil

11.8 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

.5 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
1 oz. patchouli essential oil
.3 oz. Madagascar pepper fragrance oil (or .15 oz. black pepper essential oil)
.15 oz. cinnamon leaf essential oil
.05 oz. clove bud essential oil
.5 oz. calendula flower powder
whole black peppercorns, to suit (optional)

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils = 33%
8% superfat

This palm free cold process soap recipe yields 10-12 bars of soap that will weigh around 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

If you do not want to use tallow, palm oil is the closet alternative. You won’t need to recalculate the lye for this substitution unless you are changing the batch size or superfat for this palm free cold process soap recipe. However, by using palm, this homemade soap recipe will obviously no longer be palm free. Rice bran oil can easily be substituted with olive oil or grapeseed oil and sunflower oil with safflower oil. However you will want to run the numbers back through a lye calculator just to be safe.

If you like this palm free cold process soap recipe but prefer a different scent, simply substitute the fragrance oil and essential oils with up to 2-2.25 oz. of your fragrance oil of choice. (Or up to 1 oz. per pound of oils.) To substitute essential oils for this homemade soap recipe use 1-3% of the total oil weight in your choice of essential oil(s). However, defer to manufacturer’s usage recommendations if they vary from typical rates of usage.

Instructions:

To create this spicy pepper & patchouli palm free cold process soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the lard along with the olive, rice bran, coconut, castor and sunflower oils using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until all the ingredients have melted, then remove from heat. Prepare your fragrance and essential oils by weighing them out into a glass Pyrex measuring cup and set aside. Do the same with the sodium lactate and calendula flower powder.

When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 85°-90°F you’re ready to make soap.

Add the sodium lactate to the cooled lye-water and stir.

Add the calendula flower powder to the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender until evenly distributed.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a very light trace. Add the fragrance and essential oils and continue mixing either with the stick blender on the lowest setting or by hand. The soap will will thicken very quickly. It will also very likely seize. Don’t panic. Simply pour or spoon the soap into your prepared mold. If it solidifies on you simply put on gloves and press the soap into the mold. As it begins to gel – this also happens very quickly – it will mush into place for you. Push the soap evenly down into the mold.

If desired add whole black peppercorns to the top of the soap and gently press into the top of the soap using gloved hands.

Leave the soap uncovered and set aside for 24 hours.

After 24 hours your can unmold your homemade soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow bars to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web. Or, for more palm free cold process soap recipes go here.

Keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

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