My friend, Brittany, is quite awesome. She’s my soap-making buddy, and though we each make soap on our own, I think its more fun to make soap together!
We got together about a month ago to make an easy batch with another friend of ours, and we ended up with this lovely, luscious, cold process soap that just makes me so happy I had to share it with you all.
So here’s what you need for a 2 lb batch:
7.5 oz coconut oil
7.5 oz palm oil
7.5 oz olive oil
2.5 oz avocado oil
3.5 oz sodium hydroxide (lye)
8.25 oz prepared calendula tea (room temperature) – you can also use water
1.5 oz orange essential oil
2 tsp paprika
2 lb loaf mold (or whatever mold you would like)
Safety Gear – Gloves & Goggles
If you have never made cold process soap before, I suggest you watch this quick video on lye safety.
To make your soap:
1. Line your molds with freezer paper (you don’t need to do this if you’re using silicone)
2. Put on your gloves and goggles.
3. In a heat safe bowl (not aluminum), carefully sprinkle your lye into your cooled calendula tea. Do this in a well ventilated area, and be very careful not to breath in the fumes. Stir the mixture until it is clear, and then set it in a safe place to cool.
4. In a separate, large, non-aluminum bowl, melt the coconut and palm oil to combine them. Stir in the olive and avocado oil.
5. Very carefully add your cooled lye mixture to your oils, and blend with a stick blender until it reaches light trace. This will look like thin pudding.
6. Sprinkle the paprika over your soap, and then blend well. Once your paprika is blended in, add your orange essential oil and blend again.
7. Carefully pour into your mold.
8. Wait 24 hours, and then you may slice your soap.
9. Set your soap in a well ventilated area and cure for 4 – 6 weeks, turning your soap every so often to ensure even drying.