I think my first venture into soap making went well. I started with seven pounds of melt and pour soap of various sorts and ended up with 31 bars of soap plus samples. At first I just wrote out a giant list of what I had on hand that could be added to soap. I narrowed down the list and made 3-6 soaps of those kinds, I found that paper disposable loaf pans in the baking aisle worked well for me as molds for my soap. After those ran out I had a handy Tupperware container that was just the right size for the individual soaps. I then I made individual soaps with the rest of my supplies, trying a large portion of the list of ideas I had made. Some of the ingredients like the Lavender and the Sage I grew/picked and dried myself. Overall I ended up with the following.
3 Rosemary Calendula soap with oatmeal
3 Cranberry Oatmeal
6 Cinnamon Coffee with Goat Milk and Honey
5 Orange Clove Black Tea Soap with Honey
5 Mango Soap with Honey and Shea
2 Lavender Rosemary Soap with Honey
1 Pikake Flower Soap with Goats Milk (center)
1 Sage Eucalyptus Hemp Soap
1 Cacao Oatmeal Soap with Aloe
Also I made:
1 Tea Tree Eucalyptus Hemp Soap
1 Grapefruit Bergamot Soap with Aloe
1 Pikake Flower Kaolin Clay Soap with Honey and Aloe
1 Cinnamon Clove Oatmeal Soap
I ordered a variety of melt and pour soaps from brambleberry and have started experimenting.
Tea Tree Eucalyptus Hemp Soap
Rosemary Calendula Shea Soap with Colloidal Oatmeal
and Cranberry Colloidal Oatmeal Soap
Cinnamon Coffee Soap with Goat Milk & Honey
I’ve had my coffee butter infusing for some time now and it smells delicious. I’ll have to start a new infusion soon but this one got a full 6 months of cold infusion with Starbucks Pike Place Espresso. The infused coffee really brings out a strong coffee scent while the Cocoa butter I used is unrefined and brings a chocolate scent to the coffee, the vanilla is very mild and sort of sweetens the coffee/chocolate.
The Recipe I used was..
1/8 cup Coconut Oil infused with fresh espresso grounds
1/8 cup Sunflower Oil infused with Vanilla Beans
1/8 cup Cocoa Butter
1/8 cup Mango Butter
1/4 cup Emulsifying Wax
2/3 – 1 1/2 cups Strong Coffee (depending on how thick or thin you want the lotion to be)
1 tbs jojoba oil
10 drops Vitamin E
In a double boiler melt Coconut Oil, Sunflower oil, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Emulsifying Wax until solids are dissolved.
Meanwhile, make 1 cup of strong coffee.
Remove oils from double boiler and pour into bowl. Measure 1/2 cup coffee and add to oils while stirring.
(Enjoy the rest of the coffee you brewed while completing the final steps)
Mix well until liquid is smooth, place bowl in Fridge for a few moments until a thicker skin forms on top and around the sides of the bowl.
Remove from fridge and mix well, repeat process until lotion has thickened and cooled. Just as it cools and starts to become a solid add Jojoba, Vitamin E and Preservative. Mix well and then for several minutes more for good measure.
I had a request for Mango Body Butter.
For this recipe I used…
3 oz Mango Butter
1 oz Coconut Oil
.5 oz Shea Butter
.5 oz Sweet Almond Oil
1 tsp Jojoba Oil
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Arrowroot Powder
20 drops Fresh Mango Fragrance Oil
10 drops Vitamin E
I ordered in supplies for a few other things and I’m going to be making more stuff soon.. I have Lotion, Body Spray, Insect Repellent Spray and Kyoto Coffee on my To Do List.