RECIPE: Fresh Apple Juice Cold Process Soap
If you like fresh squeezed juices, you will also love this soap! Using fresh green apple juice in this recipe gives it that little extra “something” special and wait until you smell the green apple fragrance! It’s like taking a bite right out of a Granny Smith apple! Good times and freshness guaranteed!
Project Level: Advanced – Danger Chemicals
Estimated Time: 1/2 Hour
Yield: (8) 1" Bars
INCI Ingredient Label: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Fragrance, Sodium Lactate, Beeswax, Titanium Dioxide, Bis(Glycidoxyphenyl)propane/Bisaminomethylnorbornane copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Red 28, Red 22, Yellow 10, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide
- 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.
- This project and these instructions have been written for someone who has experience making soap and knows the potential dangers due to working with sodium hydroxide. It will not outline safety methods of working with dangerous chemicals, it is simply a soap recipe for advanced soapmakers.
- Put on your protective gear. This is very important since you will be working with an extremely caustic base that can and will burn you if you touch it. Noxious fumes are also released from the exothermic reaction that occurs when you mix the sodium hydroxide with water.
- Wear a face mask or leave the vicinity quickly after stirring the sodium hydroxide into the water. If you get any lye on your skin just wash it off quickly with copious amounts of cool water.
- Weigh 7.65 oz. distilled water and 4.20 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 green apple fragrance in a glass container.
- Prepare your colorants: premix the matte white pigment with 2 teaspoons of the melted oil/butter mixture in a plastic beaker. In a second beaker, premix 2 teaspoons of the melted oils with the red oxide combined with the neon pretty in pink powder. Repeat with the green and the yellow hello powders in a third beaker.
- When the oil/butter mixture and lye/water are at around 120ºF, do the “juice-in-oil method”, where the apple juice is added to the oils, before adding the lye water. With a stick blender, stir to emulsification.
- Slowly pour the lye-water into the oils. Stir to light trace.
- Separate the soap by pouring the batter equally into 3 separate measuring cups.
- Color all 3 cups by pouring each premixed color into a cup of soap batter, starting with white, then green and finally red. Using the stick blender, stir each color briefly, starting with the white.
- Now, add the fragrance oil in each cup, splitting it equally. Don’t over stir; you want your soap to reach a light to medium trace.
- With a steady hand, perform a “drop swirl” by pouring the colors one after another and dropping the batter here and there. Texture the top as desired 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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