Natural Blueberry & Carrot Cold Process Soap Recipe
This natural blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe is made from real carrot puree and blueberries. Both of these foods are rich in antioxidants that are believed to help repair damage to skin tissue and are also highly prized for their anti-aging properties in skin care.
For this blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe I cooked the carrots in water halfway through, then added very ripe blueberries and cooked them until both until soft and the water had evaporated. I then made a vegetable and fruit puree with these homemade soap ingredients using my stick blender. As with my other homemade soap recipes that incorporate food products, like my most recent soap recipe for my natural avocado and yogurt homemade soap, I discounted the water by the amount of vegetable and fruit that was incorporated into the soap recipe.
Blueberry & Carrot Cold Process Soap Recipe
7.8 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
4 oz. pureed blueberries and carrots
Water as % of oils=33% then discounted by amount of blueberry and carrot puree (which constitute 11.11% the weight of the oils) called for in the recipe.
I chose to keep my blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe fragrance free. However, if you prefer to scent your homemade soap you can add up to 1.1 oz. of essential oil for a natural scent or up to 2.25 oz. of your favorite fragrance oil.
If you don’t wish to use palm oil and/or palm kernel flakes you can substitute the palm oil for lard (pig tallow) and the palm kernel flakes for coconut oil. However, you’ll need to run the resulting soap recipe back through a lye calculator. In addition you can also substitute the rice bran oil with olive oil.
This natural blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe will fit inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.
To Make the Puree:
To make the blueberry and carrot puree combine 2-3 oz. of distilled water with 3.5 oz. (by weight) of peeled and washed carrots in a pot on the stove. Cover and simmer until the carrot start to soften, stirring occasionally. Next add 1.5 oz. (by weight) of ripe blueberries and continue to simmer, uncovered, stirring often until all of the water has evaporated. Puree with a food processor or your stick blender, then weigh out the amount of puree needed. (These amounts gave me exactly 4 oz. of blueberry and carrot puree needed for this homemade soap recipe.)
To make this natural blueberry and carrot 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 soapmaking oils using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until melted, then remove from heat and set aside. Then weigh out your blueberry and carrot puree and set aside.
When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make this natural blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe.
Begin by adding the blueberry and carrot puree to the melted oils. Mix with a stick blender until the fruit and vegetable puree is evenly distributed.
Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add the essential oil oil or fragrance oil if you are scenting your soap and mix again to fully incorporate the fragrance. Bring the soap to a medium to full trace.
Pour the soap into your prepared soap mold then immediately place the mold in the refrigerator. The sugar from the carrots and blueberries along with the palm oil means this homemade soap really heats up so you’ll need to keep it cool so it doesn’t volcano over or crack on top as it goes through the saponification process. (My soap did still gel even inside the fridge.)
The next day unmold your homemade soap loaf and cut into bars. Allow bars to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.
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