What a pleasure it’s been to develop this recipe. I just love the simplicity of natural soap making.
You can use ingredients that are nothing less than exquisite to allure the senses into what could otherwise be a mundane ritual, making bath or shower time into something much greater. Bath or Shower time for me is where the stress and pressure of the day can be washed away and your inner soul restored. For me the process of having a ‘shower’ or ‘bath’ is my time to renew my energy, clear my mind, take care of my skin, and take ‘time out’ for me. Isn’t that crazy? Can all of this be achieved in a ‘daily shower’? Well for me it can and I love nothing more than to take with me my favourite things to cleanse myself, when I perform my daily routine my Triple Butter – Olive Oil Free – Natural Soap with Woad Powder and Yellow Brazilian Clay is a sure winner, follow the link to purchase some.
Soap Making is an all encompassing hobby that I can use to make truly beautiful things for myself, my family and for my loyal customers. I love using natural oils and butters and herbal inclusions sourced in earnest from my garden, in fact from all over the world. I’ve found that I can manipulate my ingredients into something delightfully alluring for the mind and body in an effort to also promote wellbeing in our everyday lives.
By sharing my recipes and findings I hope that you too can enjoy the amazing journey too.
My Triple Butter, Olive Oil Free Natural Cold Process Soap with Woad Powder and Yellow Brazilian Clay
100gm Cocoa Butter
100gm Grapeseed Oil
100gm Coconut Oil
100gm Castor Oil
50gm Shea Butter
50gm Mango Butter
150gm Demineralised Water
67gm Sodium Hydroxide
Woad Powder 1/2 teaspoon dissolved in lye water for one half of the recipe
Yellow Brazilian Clay 2 flat teaspoons dissolved into the essential oil for the second half of our recipe
Essential Oil Blend – 7gms Patchouli Essential Oil mixed together with 8gms of Orange Sweet Essential Oil
Method – PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY & REFER TO MY BEGINNER INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU HAVE NEVER MADE COLD PROCESS SOAP BEFORE
- Weigh all solid butters into your soap pot of choice, Stainless Steel is what I recommend. Melt these solid butters before adding in all the liquid oils mix well to combine and divide the oils into two portions, we are making two separate jugs of soap for the purpose of this recipe.
- Weigh and halve the water content between two stainless steel bowls
- Weigh and halve the sodium hydroxide content between two take away cups (that you can dispose of).
- Slowly pour the sodium hydroxide respectively into the bowls containing the water. Each one in turn, so that you end up with two lots of sodium hydroxide one for each half of our recipe.
- Into one bowl, add the Woad Powder and mix well, this is a lye infusion and we’re using the heat of the lye to distribute and release the colour of the woad powder.
- The other bowl, will be just water and sodium hydroxide.
- Place the 2 teaspoons of clay into another small cup/bowl that will hold your clay and essential oil. Placing your essential oil into the clay assists the clay to hydrate and hold onto the essential oil in your finished soap a little better than if they were added to your batter separately. This also helps the clay evenly distribute throughout the soap a little better than if it was added direct to your soap batter. Just a tip.
- Ensure that your mould is ready to receive your soap batter by lining it if need be, have it by your side.
- Allow your lye mixtures to cool down to 50 degrees celsius, and ensure your oils are at a similar temperature before proceeding to the next steps. Please refer to my beginner instructions and also to the video below. I prefer my soap recipes to be combined at 50 degrees celsius, ensuring that I set the intentions for my soap to gel completetly.
- Once the temps are balanced, gently pour your yellow clay portion into the respective oils, followed by the woad lye portion into it’s oils working on the two jugs, one at a time, bringing them to an emulsion by hand (not with a stick mixer). This ensures that you do not overwork the batter.
- When you have emulsion in each jug, simultaneously pour into your mould, as I have done in the video below.
- Place the mould onto a timber chopping board and place into a 50 degree celsius preheated oven and turn the oven off, allow the soap to stay in the oven until it has gelled and has cooled to room temperature. This is cold process, oven process or CPOP for short.
- Once you’ve removed it from the oven and it is cold, you can cut your soap into bars with a straight bladed knife or soap cutter and allow to cure for a minimum of 4 weeks before first use. The longer the better.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as I do. Don’t hesitate to contact me if I can assist you.
This recipe may be used for your own personal soap making activities, I do not give permission for it to be reproduced for financial gain of any nature, it bears my copyright.