I’ve been eagerly creating batch after batch of home-made soap, trying new things and experimenting with different methods! I thought the result of this batch was worth a blog!
I chose to try something different this time and added Honey to the batch to take hold of all the wonderful natural benefits that honey provides, it is GREAT for your skin.
I won’t bother re-iterating the process because you can find that in my Lemon Myrtle Soap Recipe but here is my recipe for this batch:
- 400g Solidified Oil (Beef Tallow)
- 200g Refined Coconut Oil
- 100g Rice Bran Oil
- 200g Olive Oil
- 270g water
- 126.8g Sodium Hydroxide (caustic soda/lye)
- 1/2 cup Oatmeal
- 2tbsp Honey
- 15g Cinnamon Essential Oil
Differences from my normal Method:
- I heard someone mention that if you preheat your oven to about 70 Degrees Celcius and then turn it off and place the soap in and let it cool down slowly that it will make the soap enter the “gel phase” quicker and therefore set faster, the side effect is that the soap turns a dark brown colour… Being the experimental type of person i thought i might like to use this side effect to my advantage to colour the soap. I gave it a go and checked on the soap every 10 minutes until it was a nice “cinnamon” colour, it worked perfectly!
- I added honey to the soap at light trace because both honey and cinnamon are very sweet, i thought they would go well together, and they really do! The batch smells like a fresh baked cinnamon cake!
- This point isn’t really a “method” change, it’s more of a “post-processing” change. I have been playing with different ideas on how to make the soap look a little more professional, using different molds, etc but the thing that made a difference for this batch was that i used a vegetable peeler to chamfer all edges of the soap, now it looks nice and feels good to hold!