LEMON MYRTLE AND POPPYSEED COLD PROCESS SOAP
Lemon Myrtle would have to be one of the most divine essential oils ever. We love it and always find an excuse to pop it in our products. This soap contains the best ingredients we could find.
600gms Olive Oil Pomace
200 gms Castor Oil
50gm Shea butter
50gm Cocoa butter
270gm Purified Water
114gm Caustic Soda
30ml Lemon Myrtle essential oil
20gm French Argiletz superfine yellow clay
- Firstly, pop your gloves and eye protection on, head outside with a bowl, the purified water, caustic soda and a spoon. Pour the water into the bowl and then add the Sodium Hydroxide (ALWAYS add the Caustic to the water and NEVER the water to the Caustic).
- The mixture will be very HOT. Stir until dissolved and keep away from your face so as to avoid inhaling fumes. Allow mixture to cool (the fumes will have disappeared when it cools)
- Now, back into the kitchen where you can mix the base oils (but not the essential oil) until they reach about 40 deg C.
- When the caustic water is approximately the same temperature (just dip a thermometer in each mixture), pour the lye water into the pot of oils.
- Now, get mixing! You are aiming for nice creamy consistency, but not thick and lumpy). When the soap gets to this point, it is called trace.
- Keep stirring and add your poppyseed and clay. It is best to sift the clay for a nice, even spread.
- As the soap begins to cool, add your essential oil.
- Pour the soap into a clean, empty, milk carton and leave for a few days.
- Your soap will be firmish, but still have softness. Tear the cardboard from soap and cut into pieces.
Leave your soap to cure for a month. The aim is for the soap to “dry”. The longer the better as the harder your bar is, the longer it will last.