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Neem oil is frequently used in dog soaps as it acts as a flea repellant. Dogs are very sensitive to scents, so we have added just a very small quantity of essential oil so your pooch doesn't feel uncomfortable. We have added lavender oil, eucalyptus oil and citronella oil. This batch makes approximately 350gm of soap. We have a fabulous dog paw mould and also a bone mould which is ideal to use.
130gm coconut oil
100gm olive oil pomace
20gm neem oil
75gm purified water
37gm caustic soda
1mL eucalyptus oil
1mL lavender oil
1mL citronella oil
1. Ensure you are wearing safety goggles and gloves and a suitable mask to avoid fumes. It is always a good idea to go outside or a well ventilated area for this first phase. Pour water into a bowl and add the caustic soda. Always add the caustic to the water, never the other way around or you may experience a volcanic eruption. Mix and set aside.
2. Melt coconut oil and palm oil on low heat. Add neem oil.
3. Once the oils and the caustic mix are both 35 degrees celsius, pour the lye (caustic) solution into the oils and blend with a spoon. With your stick blender, zap it for 20-30 seconds, then give it a mix with your spoon. Do the same again, until mixture has come to trace (this is a nice creamy consistency similar to custard).
4. Finally, add your essential oils, give it a quick mix with the stick blender and then pour into mould.
5. Wrap your mould so it is covered entirely with a towel or blanket and leave aside for 24-48 hours.
6. Unmould and leave soap to cure for at least 4 weeks.
A truly nourishing base, this lip balm will keep your lips smooth and soft in the harshest of climates.
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