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RECIPE: French Lavender Cold Process Soap Loaf for Beginners

This beginner recipe is great for anyone just learning to make cold process soap. The lavender essential oil gives the final product a relaxing herbal and floral aroma. Sprinkling lavender buds on top is the perfect finishing touch!

Project Level: Advanced – Danger Chemicals
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yield: (8) 4.4 oz. Bars

Ingredients

  • 10.64 Ounce(s) Distilled Water
  • 3.945 Ounce(s) Sodium Hydroxide Flakes
  • 7 Ounce(s) Coconut Oil - 76º Melt
  • 7 Ounce(s) Palm Oil
  • 14 Ounce(s) Olive Oil - Pomace
  • 0.85 Ounce(s) Lavender 40/42 EO- Certified 100% Pure 139
  • 1 Tablespoon(s) Lavender Buds - Premium Botanical
  • 1 Piece(s) Regular Loaf Silicone Mold 1501

Equipment

  •  Microwave
  •  Large Glass Measuring Bowl
  •  Heat-Safe Pitcher (to mix lye)
  •  Stick Blender
  •  Spatulas or Mixing Spoons
  •  Safety Equipment (goggles, mask, gloves)
  •  Scale - Digital Display (Professional)
  •  Thermometer - Infrared, Dual Laser
  •  Beaker - Natural Polypropylene
  •  Measuring Spoons
  •  Straight Soap Cutter


Recipe Directions

NOTE: 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 all safety methods of working with dangerous chemicals, it is simply a soap recipe for advanced soapmakers.
  1. 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.
  2. Prepare the lye solution by weighing the water and lye in two separate containers. Pour the lye into the water, carefully mix in a well-ventilated area and set aside to cool while you prepare your oils.
  3. Measure the oils and butters in the glass bowl and melt in the microwave. Set aside.
  4. In plastic beaker measure out essential oil and set aside. 
  5. When both the lye mixture and the oils are 120° F or below, pour the lye mixture into the oils. 
  6. Stick blend until you reach a light trace. Add the essential oil and mix by hand or with a few short bursts of the stick blender. 
  7. Pour the soap batter into the mold and tap the mold on the counter to release any air bubbles. Texture top as desired and sprinkle top with lavender buds. 
  8. Allow to set at least 24 hours or longer until soap is firm enough to unmold. Remove soap from mold and slice into bars.
  9. Let soap cure 4-6 weeks. Package and label accordingly.

INCI Ingredient Label: Olive Pomace Oil, Water, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Lavender Essential Oil, Lavender Flower.

Wholesale Supplies Plus is not responsible for the products you create from our supplies. You alone are responsible for product and recipe testing to ensure compatibility and safety.
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