|Castor Oil||1.92 ounces||Calculating...|
|Coconut Oil (76 deg)||10.24 ounces||Calculating...|
|Olive Oil||19.2 ounces||Calculating...|
|Distilled Water||12.16 ounces|
|Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH)||128.3 grams|
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Special Ingredients2 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.
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.
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 lavender and half lemongrass oil, but the lemongrass oil is a bit too astringent. I also tried halving the teaspoon measurement of purple mica but it was far too light.
Updated 5-27-2018: 1 teaspoon purple colorant is the right amount of colorant for this recipe. Don’t exceed .5 oz lavender, it will be too strong and potentially drying.