Red Clay and Charcoal Soap

Red Clay and Charcoal Soap
Batch DateJanuary 9, 2016

Primary Ingredients

IngredientQuantityPercentageSaponification ValueKOH Addition (Grams)NaOH Addition (Grams)
Avocado Oil1.6 ouncesCalculating...0.186
Coconut Oil (76 deg)9.6 ouncesCalculating...0.257
Olive Oil19.2 ouncesCalculating...0.19
Sunflower Oil1.6 ouncesCalculating...0.189

Chamomile and peppermint tea12 ounces
Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH)128.9 grams

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Special Ingredients

1 ½ tablespoons Moroccan red clay powder, ½ tablespoon Indian healing clay powder (calcium bentonite), 1 tablespoon hardwood activated charcoal powder, ½ coarse sodium bentonite clay, 4 teabags chamomile tea, 4 teabags peppermint tea.


Using distilled water prepare a strong batch of tea using the chamomile and peppermint teabags. After steeping tea let the brew sit in the refrigerator with the tea bags for several hours and then strain the tea. Top off the tea with distilled water to make the lye solution. At a light trace add the sodium bentonite and then split the batch in half. To one half add the activated charcoal. To the other batch add the Moroccan red clay powder and the Indian healing clay powder. Swirl the two colors in the mold for visual effect.

Batch Notes

We went through a few iterations with this recipe, ultimately removing a 1-ounce addition of a 50/50 Japanese lotus blossom and lilac fragrance oil blend that smelled great, but was causing the soap to rice and seize immediately. We ended up adding peppermint to the chamomile tea and not using any fragrance oils, which gave us plenty of time to swirl the two colors.