RECIPE: Eucalyptus Wave Cold Process Soap
Two of our favorite things to do when we create a new soap are using essential oils and swirling soap! This month, we decided to use our go to coconut, palm, olive & shea soap base and swirl it! Eucalyptus and litsea cubeba essential oils give this bar a nice and fresh scent that will make you want to come back for more!
Project Level: Advanced – Danger Chemicals
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yield: (8) 5.5 oz. Bars
INCI Ingredient Label: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Lactate, Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Titanium Dioxide, Bis(Glycidoxyphenyl)propane/Bisaminomethylnorbornane copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Blue 1, Mica (and) Iron Oxides
- NOTE: If you are making these products for sale, good manufacturing practices recommend you wear a hairnet, gloves and a mask. We also recommend a clean apron.
- Weigh 8.6 oz. distilled water and 4.40 oz. sodium hydroxide. Prepare the lye water and allow to cool. Add 0.45 oz. sodium lactate, stir and securely set aside.
- Melt your beeswax, oils and butters over low heat.
- Weigh the essential oils together in a glass container.
- Prepare your colorants: premix the matte white pigment with 2 teaspoons of the melted oil/butter mixture. In a second cup, premix 2 teaspoons of the melted oils with the neon bikini blue powder. Repeat with the black sparkle mica powder in a third cup.
- When the oil/butter mixture and lye-water are at around 100ºF-120ºF, slowly pour the lye-water into the oils. Stir to light trace.
- Add the essential oil blend. Don’t over stir; you want your soap to reach a light to medium trace.
- Separate the soap by pouring the batter equally into 3 measuring cups.
- Color all 3 cups by pouring each premixed color into a cup of soap batter, starting with white, then blue and lastly black. Using the stick blender, stir each color briefly, starting with the white.
- Pour the white batter into the mold. Using a spatula to catch the soap, pour the black over the white. Tap gently to even out. Finally, repeat with the blue batter. Stop pouring when mold is full.
- Now is time to use your chopstick! In a circular motion, start swirling the soap from one end of the mold to the other!
- Scrape the remaining blue, black and white from the cups and drizzle on top. This recipe will over fill the mold so you can texture the top with a spoon or swirl it!
- Cover the soap to insulate and let it set for 24 to 36 hours.
- Carefully unmold the loaf and cut into 8 one-inch slices. Cure the bars for 4 to 6 weeks before you wrap & label.
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