Thursday, May 5, 2011
Handmade Spring Soap
Happy May 5! Which is of course Cinco de Mayo and my birthday!
Recently I made a handmade cold process soap to enter in a local spring soap contest. The soap was meant to be spring inspired and I hope I delivered! The top prize is a 75$ gift certificate to my favorite soaping store, so here's hoping I win!
I was going to publish the recipe I used, however I do suggest that if you are interested in learning how to make cold process soap you first check out Soap Queen's tutorials on making cold process soap, this is how I learned myself. To check out the tutorials click here. If you are interested in the recipe I used and an experienced soaper please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to share!
I got the inspiration for my spring soap from my spring garden! I decided to infuse the olive oil and canola oil I used in the recipe with some hyacinths, tulip petals and dried lavender. Please note that some people may be allergic to hyacinths as they are a known allergen.
These are the oils and butters I used, Mango Butter, Olive Oil, Canola Oil and Coconut Oil.
Here are the flowers I selected,
With the olive oil and canola oil added,
After several minutes on a low heat bubbling away,
This is after about 10 minutes of infusing the oil, note how dark the petals have become.
Next I added in mango butter and coconut oil into my infused oil and started my lye. When they both reached about 100* I combined them stirring slowly with a spatula, alternating with short bursts with my immersion blender.
This is what trace looks like,
To finish the soap off I added in a generous handful of Calendula petals.
Love the smell of Calendula.
I poured everything into a lined wooden mold. I covered the soap tightly for 24 hours then released the soap to cut. The soap hardened nicely.
Handmade Cold process Hyacinth, Lavender and Tulip infused Calendula Soap!
Perhaps a shorter name is needed?
The Spring Soap Bar,
The soap smells amazing, so sweet and soft. I'm going to let it cure for 4-5 weeks so it hardens nicely.
Have a great Thursday!
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