Lavender Soap

Lavender Soap
Batch DateSeptember 25, 2016
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Primary Ingredients

IngredientQuantityPercentageSaponification ValueKOH Addition (Grams)NaOH Addition (Grams)
Castor Oil1.92 ouncesCalculating...0.18
Coconut Oil (76 deg)10.24 ouncesCalculating...0.257
Olive Oil19.2 ouncesCalculating...0.19
Beeswax18.1 gramsCalculating...0.094

IngredientQuantity
Distilled Water12.16 ounces
Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH)128.3 grams

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Special Ingredients

2 teaspoons sodium lactate, 1 teaspoon queen's purple mica, 1 teaspoon coarse sodium bentonite clay, .25 oz. dried lavender, 1 oz. lavender Nature's Truth brand essential oil.

Recipe

Add the sodium lactate to the cooled lye water mixture. Add the lye water to the oils and bring to a very light trace. Use the stick blender to stir in the course bentonite, pigment, and lavender essential oils. Hand stir in the dried lavender. Pour the batch into a mold and let sit overnight. Cut the soap bars and let cure for 4 weeks before using.

Batch Notes

At first I thought the colorant wasn’t going to be enough to make any difference, but once the soap set it seemed to be just the right amount.

Update 12-20-2016: I made this batch again following the same recipe and it came out more purple this time. It looks like the whole batch gelled a bit more.

Update 1-30-2017: Tried this with half lavendar and half lemongrass oil, but the lemongrass oil is a bit too astringent. I also tried halfing the teaspoon measurement of purple mica but it was far too light.