Nuts Over You Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Nuts Over You Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe

My Nuts Over You Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe is all about using natural nut oils! And you would certainly be hard pressed to get a homemade soap bar any nuttier than this one!

This homemade cold process soap recipe includes macadamia nut, hazelnut, sweet almond, walnut oil and coconut oil in addition to coconut milk powder. I then scented it with a coconut lime verbena fragrance oil though you can substitute with your favorite skin safe fragrance oil or essential oil at half the amount.

Nuts Over You Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7.2 oz. macadamia nut oil
3.6 oz. hazelnut oil
5.4 oz. sweet almond oil
1.8 oz. cocoa butter
3.6 oz. walnut oil
1.8 oz. shea butter
1.8 oz. sesame oil
10.8 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
2 oz. stearic acid

12 oz. distilled water
5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide pellets

1/2 Cup coconut milk powder
2 oz. fragrance oil

Directions:

To create this homemade cold process soap recipe you’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Begin by measuring out the water into a large Pyrex measuring cup or heat proof pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye then slowly pour the lye into the water. Mix until all the lye has dissolved then set the lye-water aside in a well ventilated area to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils, shea and cocoa butters, and stearic acid and combine in a large stainless steel pot. Heat over medium heat on the stove until all the ingredients have melted then set aside to cool.

Once the soapmaking oils and lye-water have reached around 95°-100°F you’re ready to make soap!

Begin by adding the coconut milk powder to the soapmaking oils and mix well. Then slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender adding the fragrance at trace.

Pour the soap into your prepared mold, cover and insulate. Twenty-four hours later you can unmold your soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow the soap to cure 4-6 weeks before use for optimal results.

This homemade cold process soap recipe will fit into one of my easy DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Molds. The final loaf will yield anywhere from 10-12 bars of handmade soap depending on how thick you cut them. You can learn how to make a soap loaf cutter here for even bars.

Want to make this homemade cold process soap recipe palm free? If you are unable to source palm free stearic acid simply substitute the stearic acid with beeswax!

For more homemade cold process soap recipes go here. Or you can browse all of my homemade soap recipes by visiting Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. Also be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest Board for more great homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s from both Soap Deli News and around the web.

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Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Pink Himalayan Salt Recipe

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One of my facebook friends recently posted a delectable photograph of some chocolate bark she made with pistachios and Pink Himalayan salt. So I went hunting for a recipe to make my own for multiple reasons. One, I get chocolate cravings from time to time that must be fulfilled. Two, dark chocolate is good for your soul. It helps to prevent depression, anxiety and stress and it has all those great anti-oxidants. The darker, the better. Three, pistachios are so good for you. Nuts like peanuts, almonds and pistachios are a much healthier snack than potato chips and they help keep your blood sugar where it should be while blessing your diet with fiber and antioxidants. They may be high in fat, but it’s good fat so you’re not likely to pack on pounds snacking on nuts. Plus, it’s been found that consuming potatoes causing a rise in blood sugar and regular consumption over time actually adds weight. So if no one is treating you to chocolates this Valentine’s Day, make your own! Or better yet, make a batch for yourself and your female friends to remind them they are awesome!

chocolate-bark

Bon Appetit has a recipe for Chocolate-Almond Bark with Sea Salt. I improvised on this to get just the chocolate bark recipe I was looking for.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups pistachios minus the shells
1lb. finely chopped, unsweetened dark chocolate (62%–70% cacao)
Coarse Pink Himalayan Salt 
 
Follow the instructions on Bon Appetit for making your Chocolate-Pistachio Bark with Pink Himalayan Salt.
 
There’s also a great alternative to this recipe at With Style and Grace Blog that skips adding the butter and uses sweetened dark chocolate instead of adding sugar. Or, you could even consider adding dried cranberries!
pink-himalayan-sea-saltYou can save on your purchase of Pink Himalayan Salt by buying it in bulk along with any other spices and culinary salts you like to use. Not only is Pink Himalayan Salt great for cooking – it  is one of the purest salts available for culinary, therapeutic and cosmetic uses – and it contains a quantifiable amount of 84 trace elements & iron. Buy some for cooking and use the extra for your favorite bath salt recipes! I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs for your bulk purchases.
What are some of your favorite ingredients to add to chocolate?