An exotic and sensual blend of essential oils combined with a gorgeous, silky lather makes for a sacred bathing experience!
18 ounces Lavender Hydrosol
6.7 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
16 ounces Coconut Oil
9 ounces Shea Butter Unrefined
5 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
1 oz Cocoa Butter
1 ounce Jojoba Oil
14 ounces Olive Oil
1 ounce Jasmine Wax
2 Tbsp Orange Essential Oil
1 Tbsp Patchouli Essential Oil
1 Tbsp Sandalwood Essential Oil
1/2 Tbsp Clove Bud Essential Oil
- Measure cold lavender hydrosol into a Pyrex glass measuring cup.
- Carefully pour the lye into the cold hydrosol.
- Immediately stir the solution with the end of a wooden or heavy-duty plastic spoon. Stir gently and continuously, trying not to splash the liquid, until the liquid begins to clear and the lye is completely dissolved. If some lye hardens and settles at the bottom of the glass, gently loosen it with the spoon and continue to stir until all lye is dissolved. (The hydrosol will heat up considerably during this process so be sure to start with a cold hydrosol.)
- Set aside the lye solution to cool to 110 degrees.
- In a double boiler, melt the shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and palm kernel oil until fully liquified. Remove from heat and stir gently to ensure they are thoroughly mixed.
- Add the olive oil and stir again. Set aside to cool to 110 degrees.
- In a separate container, gently melt the jasmine wax with the jojoba oil and olive oil and set it aside.
- While you are waiting for the oils and lye solution to cool, prepare your molds.
- Pour the lye solution into your first oil mixture and mix with a stick blender.
- When the soap comes to trace, add the jasmine/jojoba/olive mixture and gently stir to incorporate.
- Add the essential oils and stir.
- Pour your soap mixture into the prepared mold(s).
- Cover the mold completely with a lid, then completely cover the top and sides of your mold with your towel to insulate your soap.
- Let sit for at least 48 hours to harden.
- After 48 hours, remove the cover and towel and allow it to sit in the mold for another day or so before removing it from the mold.
- Allow your soap to cure for 2-3 weeks before using it to ensure that all free lye has been fully absorbed by the oils in the soap.
- After 2 or 3 weeks, wrap your soap in white tissue paper, fabric, wax paper, glassine wrap, or anything you please that you find attractive. You can label it if you like, tie raffia around it gift style, or add beads or bows for a decorative touch.