Sorry for the long delay in posting. Wouldn’t you know, we had some freezing rain on Monday last week. We lost power for 3 days (never have I been more thankful for a fireplace and blankets) and 8 days later the internet is still not back yet. I went with Chris to church rehearsal tonight so I could work on a blog post to send out to you guys :). I thought I would post another soap recipe that reminds me of the snowy and icy weather we have been having here lately.
This soap was inspired by the brilliant blog Humblebeeandme.com and her recipe for Blizzard Soap. She used titanium dioxide (what they use in sunscreens) and kaolin clay to make the soap a dreamy white color. I loved the idea and adapted it to make it my own. I didn’t have kaolin clay so I used bentonite, and I didn’t have all the essential oils she used so I used peppermint, cedar wood and eucalyptus.
I entered the oils and percentages I wanted into the SoapCalc Lye Calculator to get the amounts of oils, lye, water and fragrance needed.
I followed the recipe and measured out my oils and let them melt slowly on the stove.
Compared to my other soap posts (like my calendula buttermilk soap or my rosemary lemongrass soap), I didn’t take many pictures this time. But you know the drill. Measure out and mix lye and water. Let the oils and lye come to roughly the same temp and mix them together. Blend until you get a light trace. Then add in the additional ingredients. I added bentonite clay, titanium dioxide, and essential oil blend.
Mmmhhhh… it looks like white chocolate :).
Then I poured the soap into my mold and let it sit for 24 hours.
Then I cut it into bars and let cure for 4 weeks.
I love this soap. It reminds me of all the good things about winter, and the peppermint and eucalyptus work really well together. It causes me to breathe deep and leaves me feeling refreshed.
Winter Wonderland Soap
35% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
5% Castor Oil
1 tablespoon of bentonite clay per pound of oils
1 tsp of titanium dioxide per pound of oils
Essential oils (based on 2 pounds of oil):
9 g peppermint essential oil
13 g cedar wood essential oil
8 g eucalyptus essential oil
Run oil amounts through Soapcalc to figure out your final amounts of lye, water and oils. Measure out essential oils, bentonite clay and titanium dioxide. I used less essential oils than the recipe from SoapCalc called for, but since the essential oils I was using were so strong I didn’t want them to be overpowering.
In a heat resistant glass or plastic container measure out your lye and water and mix. In a heavy bottom pot measure out your oils and melt them over low heat. Once your lye mixture and oils are about the same temperature add them together and blend with an immersion blender until they reach a light trace. Add in bentonite clay, titanium dioxide, and essential oils and blend some more with the immersion blender until everything is incorporated really well and the mixture thickens. Then pour into mold(s).
Let it sit for 24 hours. Then unmold, cut and let cure for 4-6 weeks.