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Soap not Soup

Posted by trktos on 17-January-2010

We’ve been making soap for years now … sadly, though, a batch of soap lasts us a long while, so even though soap-making is fun, we don’t need to do make a batch very often. I think this is maybe our fifth batch? Anyway, since it’s a recipe too, I thought I’d post it here. I’m not going to go into hot-process soap making directions because 1) it’s somewhat dangerous and new soap makers should read a book or three before attempting to make soap on my inadequate directions and 2) I’m lazy. If you’re interested, check out your local library for books detailing the hot process method.

This batch of soap is Mint and Spirulina. It was supposed to be green. If you have any experience with spirulina, you know how easily the tiniest bit turns stuff green. So I didn’t think I needed very much. I was wrong. And even though the mint was added at the very end, you can’t really smell it. But, in my opinion, not much scent is better than fake, chemically, perfumey stuff any day.

So, ingredients:

  • 424 g lye
  • 908 g water
  • 454 g avacodo and canola (193 avocado)
  • 2000 g olive oil pomace
  • 114 g castor oil
  • 454 g coconut oil

Added at trace:

  • 42 grams aloe

Added at end:

  • 1/2 tsp spirulina
  • about 1 cup dried mint leaves

And pictures:

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