RECIPE: Gardener's Fresh Mint CP Soap
Summer is the time when flowers and vegetables are growing and we need to pull the weeds that just keep growing and growing! Whether you have a huge garden or just a few herbs growing on your balcony, this mild exfoliating and fresh, minty soap will be your friend! Extra-fine pumice will remove the dirt from your hands or give you an overall scrub in the shower, leaving you smelling fresh and ready to kick off the day!
Project Level: Advanced – Danger Chemicals
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yield: 44-45 oz. Loaf
INCI Ingredient Label: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Pumice, Beeswax, Sodium Lactate, Mentha Piperia (Peppermint) Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Chromium Oxide, Chromium Hydroxide Green.
- 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.
- Weigh 8.21 oz. distilled water and 4.18 oz. sodium hydroxide. Prepare the lye water and allow to cool. Add 0.40 oz. sodium lactate, stir and securely set aside.
- Melt your oils and butters over low heat.
- Weigh the essential oils in a glass container.
- Premix the matte white pigment with 1 teaspoon of the melted oil/butter mixture. Proceed in the same manner with the woodland green and teal green pigments.
- When the oil/butter mixture and lye-water are at around 120°F, slowly pour the lye-water into the oils. With a stick blender, stir to very light trace.
- Add the essential oil blend and the pumice powder and stir lightly with the stick blender.
- Separate the batter by pouring about 14 oz. into 3 separate measuring cups.
- Color the first cup using the premixed white pigment and add the dried mint or parsley to this cup.
- Color the batter in the other 2 measuring cups with the other colorants. Keep your batter as fluid as possible. Do not over stir!
- Place a wooden block under one long side of the mold to tilt the mold. This step is optional but it creates cool layers on an angle!
- Pour the first layer using one of the green colored soap. Using a spatula to catch the soap, pour the second layer using the white batter. Repeat with the third color.
- Carefully remove the wooden block from underneath the mold. Using a spoon, you may texture the top as the batter thickens.
- Cover the soap to insulate and let it set for 18 to 24 hours.
- Carefully unmold the loaf and cut into 8 one-inch slices. Cure the bars for 4 to 6 weeks before you package & label.
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