I love making soap. It’s fun for me to experiment and learn how each oil and soap additive interacts with the other. I love using my soaps. They are simply lovely!
This past weekend, I did some work with Clays and botanical colorants. I think I’m going to like the results! I learned a few things, too! There are soap making resources all over the web, and it’s fun to see what others are doing…and it’s a good thing to learn from others’ mistakes, too, although I make plenty of my own mistakes, I’m sure. I am especially excited to share my own soap recipes with you.
I am committed to only use natural, botanicals or clays in my soaps to color and fragrance them. I am not using fragrance oils or wax colors. I’m sure there will be people who won’t purchase my soaps because the bars don’t smell like the most recent Bath and Body fragrances, but those soaps are readily available in any city around. Mine aren’t. 😉
I bought some powdered Madder Root and Moroccan Red Clay from Soap Making Resource and learned about infusing the Madder Root into the oils so that you get the color but not the scratchiness of the botanical. Steve has some great tutorials. Check him out!
Moroccan red clay comes from deep below the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
This clay is strong cleansing clay that will draw excess oils from the skin, stimulate circulation to the skin and act as a powerful astringent for oily skin and hair. It is used in many spas around the world. It has been used for over 1400 years and the finest spas across the globe currently utilize it for therapeutic benefits.
This isn’t the best photo and the coloring is a bit off. The color is more of a barn red with a hint of burgundy. I like it. I kind of wanted a deeper color, but I’ll keep working on this one.
I’m not sure why, but I am wondering if the mixture of the clay, madder root and lanolin hide the fragrance. I used a bit of the soap this morning after I cut the bars, and I could smell the fragrance then (a wonderful Bay/Lemongrass blend), but the bars themselves have a very bland fragrance.
Here’s the recipe:
Fat Amount % in recipe
Aloe Extract 4 oz. 3.33%
Castor Oil 4 oz 3.33%
Coconut Oil 16 oz 13.33%
Olive Oil 48 oz 40.00%
Palm Oil 8 oz 6.67%
Shea Butter 4 oz 3.33%
Soybean Oil 32 oz 26.67%
Lanolin 4 oz 3.33%
Total Weight 120 oz.
Lye Table (NaOH) 15.8 oz. in 35 oz. of Soy Milk
Moroccan Red Clay 4 TBLS to fats after they had melted.
Madder Root (4TBLS) was infused in 32oz. of the olive oil and cooked in the slow cooker for about 4 to 5 hours. Strained before adding to the oils.)
At trace, I added 3TBLS Bay Essential Oil (YUM!) and 2 TBLS Lemongrass Essential Oil. This bar isn’t as fragrant as the others I have done with less EOs. Hmmmm.