100% PKO soap with a twist

What do you get when you mash up a couple of

20150501-142731.jpgin a couple of spoons of


You have half the ‘liquid’ portion of my recent salt spa soap. I moulded half the batch in my regular cylinder mould then I added kosher coarse ground sea salt to the remainder

20150501-142938.jpg for the first time and moulded in individual cavity moulds.

Also had some good Palm Kernel Oil on hand and made this 100%. While the properties of PKO are similar to Coconut Oil in soap, this oil makes fluffy dense lather.

i was also surprised that my skin did not feel tight at all (even Castile makes my facial skin tight if I don’t moisturise). Also, I feel my skin looked brighter and DH agrees. This may be due to the yogurt and banana. I’m going to continue using this exclusively for a couple of weeks. I’m also calling the supplier for an additional 10kg!

I’ll take 10kg of that please

I took the plunge last week and ordered 10kg of freshly made organic unrefined Shea butter, and 10ltrs of freshly made virgin coconut oil. Both products are from local sources, which is important to me. I was a little nervous because I’ve only ever bought smaller portions but I have bath and body treats to make that almost all include Shea butter and coconut oil in the recipes.

I’m going to experiment with infusing the Shea itself with botanicals – the idea won’t rest till I try it out – to see if I can keep it as a single ingredient product or not.

Hot Process Soap

Here it is….my first soap in my DIY tall skinny mould. I’m totally sold on it! 20140717-104808.jpg

This soap is made with Virgin coconut oil and unrefined Shea butter. I added coconut milk for even more lush lather. Pink and poppy seeds for visual interest. Fragranced with a citrusy blend that had my LO sniffing around in the kitchen yesterday and this morning.

Re hot process, I like it more every time I do it. It might just become my ‘thing’ 😀

I made this whole batch for a very supportive friend and customer so I cut them extra chunky. Hope she likes them!

Tall Skinny Mould

A friend commented a while ago that my soaps were too big for her to hold so I told her to cut them in half. In the meantime I’ve been eyeing ‘tall skinny moulds’ on the Internet because you can make soaps that look like this:

20140716-122206.jpgsomeone else’s soap found on google 🙂

I looked up some dimentipns and got my calculator out and after some measuring cutting and plastering, here’s my first TSM


I will be making some hot process soap tonight and will post pictures later. Excited to try this out!

Tweaking soap recipes

There are many rules in soapmaking, some that are non-negotiable e.g using the right amount of lye and taking safety precautions, and there are other rules that are flexible if you are the experimenting type.

One of the firmest held rules for decades of soapmaking was that although coconut oil is brilliant for making large bubbles, anything more than 30% would take one’s hide off. Now it’s commonplace that with a large enough super fat (at least 20%), a 100% coconut oil soap can be very moisturizing.

I’ve made a very decent 100% Shea butter soap and the person I made it for loved the gentle creamy lather and super hard long lasting bar. I live in West Africa so this also has the advantage of being an affordable recipe to make! I would choose this over Castile soap (gasp!)

Another recipe I’ve been successful with (lather, mildness, etc) is a combination of 80% coconut oil and 20% Shea butter with a 10% superfat.


This is the most recent one I’ve made with that recipe. It’s for a guy so i used a blend of smoky patchouli and spiced mahogany from Brambleberry. Very masculine. The brown portion is colored with dark cocoa powder. Luxe!

More coconut oil soap

I like round soaps so naturally I’ve been making some! This soap is my 100% coconut oil recipe. I was trying out 3 different colours of Brazilian clay with this one but the end result was this rose clay colour that I DO like very much.

Round, deep cleansing, luxurious...what's not to love?

Round, deep cleansing, luxurious…what’s not to love?

As usual the bubbles are dense and beautiful. The clays make it a deep cleansing soap for very oily complexion. Also makes a great body bar.

Fragranced with 2 blends called Energy and Yuzu. It’s a great excuse to linger n the shower…

Still soaping…

I broke my fancy gadget that was my camera, writing and entertainment centre so I’ve not been blogging or taking pictures of my soap making.

this is my first lard soap made with three different Brazilian clays. Traditionally, soap was made with animal fat, ensuring nothing went to waste. Lard is fat from pigs, and it’s used for cooking where cholesterol is not an issue…lol

scented with red apple fo and orange eo. Lather is very creamy and gets better every day. I definitely will be using this medium to soap again.Manteca and clay